Announcing the Designmatters Minor in Social Innovation

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Susannah Ramshaw, Associate Director, Designmatters March 20, 2017

After several months of research and planning, we are very proud to announce the Designmatters Minor in Social Innovation, set to launch in Summer 2017!

Based on student demand, faculty support and the growing number of careers in the field of social innovation, the Designmatters Minor (DM Minor) offers students the opportunity to integrate socially-responsible design into their existing curricula and engage in a cohort of like-minded individuals on ArtCenter’s campus.

The Designmatters Minor (DM Minor) is an elective and distinct transcripted specialization for undergraduate students at ArtCenter who are passionate about social innovation and want to master a toolkit of design skills and competencies to work in public and private sector organizations. The DM Minor formalizes our existing Designmatters Concentration, conceived by the Department in 2010, and is also comprised of a mix of Humanities & Sciences courses, discipline-specific skills courses and signature Designmatters real-world transdisciplinary studios. Students may declare the DM Minor beginning in Term 3, and complete its requirements without extending their time to obtain their degree.

Initially, the DM Minor will be offered in the five departments that have a significant population of students with interest in the specialization, including Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Product Design, Environmental Design and Illustration. Undergraduate students from other majors will be able to apply on a case-by-case basis.

We are thrilled to share this new program with you, as we are delighted to harness the trajectory and growth of Designmatters at ArtCenter since its launch in 2001. We look forward to continuing to share the successes of our current and graduating students in the terms to come.