Introduction

The Designmatters educational platform at ArtCenter College of Design joins collaboration with experimentation, experience with reflection, problem-solving with problem-discovery, and purpose with action.

Our Mission

Through research, advocacy and action, Designmatters engages, empowers and leads an ongoing exploration of art and design as a positive force in society.

Wildfire Prevention and Preparation Campaign

 

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Birthing Barriers: Designing for Black Birth Equity

 

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“Innovation emerges out of a deep partnership between design students and community members.”

Penny Herscovitch and Dan Gottlieb, Associate Professors, Environmental Design

Designmatters Guest Faculty – Dr. Carlene Olivia Fider

 

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Healing Buddies: 2020 IDSA International Design Excellence Award Winner

IDSA / August 2020

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“Each student brings individual life experiences, diverse cultural upbringings, varied interests and perspectives to the subject displaying the many ways see and converse about a problem.”

Krystina Castella, Faculty, Product Design

ArtCenter Faculty Members Receive $200,000 Grant to Improve Online Archive Access for Those With Disabilities

Pasadena Now / January 2021

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Bee Lab: Designing for Wild Bee Conservation & Biodiversity

 

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Detectable Preventable: Promoting Colorectal Cancer Screenings Within the Filipino-American Community

 

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DESIGNMATTERS MINOR IN SOCIAL INNOVATION

A transcripted course of study for ArtCenter undergraduate students in social innovation

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FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

ArtCenter students are embedded in host organizations for one full 14-week academic term to work on high-level projects.

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Graduation and Grad Show: Summer 2021

Saturday, August 21, 2021 10:00am (PDT)

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“I have been impressed with our student’s ability to create thoughtful design narratives, that can literally change the trajectory of people’s lives, whether it’s on a humanitarian level, or emotional, psychological level.”

James Meraz, Environmental Design Faculty