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.

Igniting Local Change: LGBTQ+ Advocacy for Health Justice

 

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Mobile Detection: California’s First Lung Cancer Screening Van

 

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Never Again 9066: Artists and Designers Against Asian Violence

 

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"This class strengthened my work by helping me express my personal voice through content with meaningful impact."

Ashley Pinnick Illustration, Designmatters Concentration, Student

It Is That Deep: Thoughts on Teaching

 

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Safe Niños: Holistic Healing Environments at Concepcíon Campus

 

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"It’s not just about the product, it’s about the person, it’s about making real impact.”

Margaux Reynolds, Student, Product Design

Designing Advocacy: Arts Education + Graphic Design Implementation

 

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A GOOD STOPPING POINT: SMOKING CESSATION CAMPAIGNS FOR LGBTQIA+

 

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Safe Niños: Games, Stories, and Animations to prevent Childhood Burns

 

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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 2024

Saturday, August 17

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"It is very empowering for designers to see how their projects can actually make an impact in people’s lives."

Liliana Becerra, Product Design, Faculty