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 Designmatters real-world transdiciplinary studios, select Humanities & Sciences courses, and optional study abroad/cultural exchange programs, the Designmatters Minor is offered to all Undergraduate majors at ArtCenter.

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

 
 

  

Starting in Fall 2021, the required courses for the Designmatters Minor are composed of: (3) Humanities & Sciences courses and (2) Designmatters Real-World TDS courses.

  • Humanities & Sciences
    Historical Context and Cultural Literacy
  • Designmatters TDS
    Social Innovation Focus

ArtCenter undergraduate students that have declared the Designmatters Minor prior to August 5, 2021 have a slightly different curricular pathway. Download the discipline specific requirements below for Advertising, Environmental Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interaction Design, Product Design, Photography + Imaging, Film, and Fine Art.

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.

Below is a list Study Away Exchange programs currently available to Designmatters Minor students. Please check with the Exchange and Study Away department for offerings every term.

How to Enroll

 
 

  

  1. Review the Designmatters Minor requirements.
  2. Meet with the Designmatters Team to review the requirements and your current degree audit
  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:

David Perez Espinosa

Illustration

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Amanda Villegas

Photography & Imaging

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Jaewon Lee

Environmental Design 

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Mingshan Wang

Interaction Design

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Shirley Lyu

Product Design

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Anthony Palileo

Interaction Design

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Aziza Tanjung

Product Design

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Jiaying Wang

Interaction Design

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Mike Deng

Interaction Design

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Lucas Thin

Interaction Design

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Amanda Oesef

Illustration

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Ziyi Zhou

Interaction Design

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Charlene Joy Dela Cruz

Interaction Design

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Viola Huang

Product Design

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Hellen Tong

Graphic Design

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Susie Moon

Interaction Design

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Audrey Murty

Illustration

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Ruiying Xu

Interaction Design

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Yujia Li

Interaction Design

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Abigail Ohab

Illustration

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Julie Tian

Product Design

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Shannon Tsai

Graphic Design

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Angela Tseng

Graphic Design

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Nancy Tsai

Product Design

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Apply

For questions and advisement, please contact Kimberly Velazco, Program Manager, Designmatters
Kimberly.Velazco@Artcenter.edu

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Or download the Application Form:

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