Designmatters Minor in Social Innovation

Introduction

 
 

  

Launched in the Summer of 2017, the Designmatters Minor in social innovation is a course of study for ArtCenter undergraduate students who want to master a toolkit of design skills and strategies to navigate the complex dynamics of working with communities and designing for social impact.

Comprised of a mix of studio courses, Designmatters real-world studios, and Humanities & Sciences courses, the Minor is offered in Advertising, Environmental Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interaction Design, Film, Fine Art, Photography & Imaging, and Product Design. Students from other majors may apply on a case-by-case basis.

Students enrolled in the Designmatters Minor are exposed to:

  • A cohort of like-minded students from across disciplines
  • Receiving early notification about Designmatters courses and events
  • One-on-one advisement with the Designmatters Team
  • Connecting to the vast Designmatters network of alumni, partners and employers

Requirements

 
 

  

The required courses for the Designmatters Minor vary by discipline and are composed of studio and academic credits.

  • Humanities & Sciences
    Historical Context and Cultural Literacy
  • Topic Studios
    Depth of Knowledge in Discipline
  • Designmatters TDS
    Social Innovation Focus

To view specific course requirements in your discipline for the Designmatters Minor, download your Minor Pathway below:

Below is a list of courses that are eligible for the Designmatters Minor Humanities & Sciences requirements. Please check with Enrollment Services for offerings every term.

How to Enroll

 
 

  

  1. Download your discipline-specific Minor Pathway
  2. Meet with the Designmatters Team to review the requirements and your status
  3. Complete the Designmatters Minor application form
  4. Receive confirmation from Enrollment Services that you are officially enrolled in the Designmatters Minor
  5. Meet with the Designmatters Team at least once per term to consult on your progress and learn about upcoming course offerings.

Cohort

 
 

  

The following are many of the members of the Designmatters Minor student cohort:

Vanessa Shababzadeh

Product Design

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Mathew Simon

Product Design

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Chase Morrison

Interaction Design

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Akshay Agrawal

Interaction Design

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Miranda Lapour

Product Design

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Alexia Chuck

Graphic Design

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Charlie Neshyba – Hodges

Product Design

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Brittany Lydster

Product Design

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Alynn Tergevorkian

Environmental Design

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Alvin Oei

Environmental Design

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Allie Kollias

Environmental Design

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Christiahn Roman

Product Design

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Emily Nyburg

Environmental Design

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Eri Kawaguchi-Murphy

Environmental Design

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Esteban Cardona Jimenez

Advertising

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Izabella Sanchez

Fine Art

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Jennifer Hur

Interaction Design

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Jingze (Cooper) Dai

Environmental Design

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Katherine J Choi

Graphic Design

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Leonardo Santamaria

Illustration

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Lori Nishikawa

Product Design

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Margaux Reynolds

Product Design

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Mariko Sanchez

Interaction Design

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Nico Ramirez

Product Design

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Phylicia Leinweber

Environmental Design

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Rensi Ying

Environmental Design

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Sarah Ellis

Photography and Imaging

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Suyu Ren

Interaction Design

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Apply

For questions and advisement, please contact Susannah Ramshaw, Associate Director of Designmatters
susannah.ramshaw@artcenter.edu

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Or download the Application Form:

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