Student Programs




Students from any discipline may participate in Designmatters projects. Those who develop a passion for social impact design can become further involved through the Designmatters Minor, Media Design Practices (a graduate major), and select Designmatters Fellowships.

Designmatters Minor

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

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Fellowship Program

A distinctive program sending top ArtCenter students to impact organizations to work on high-level projects

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Humanities & Sciences Course offerings - Spring 2018

Designing Social Enterprise / Humanities & Sciences

Transdisciplinary Course offerings - Spring 2018

Future Craft China / Environmental Design Dept. + Exchange/Study Away

Designing Democracy: The Future of Civic Engagement / Product Design Dept.

Seeing the Unseen: Visualizing Flow Patterns of Mesopelagic Ocean Eddies / Interaction Design Dept.

Fellowships - Spring 2018

Long Beach Dept. of Health & Human Services (Long Beach, CA) / Spring '18

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Media Design Practices Field Track



Designmatters is a key partner of ArtCenter’s Media Design Practices graduate program through the Media Design Practices: Field track. This MFA offers graduate students the chance to design for social impact in a real-world context where social issues, media infrastructure and communication technology intersect. Students in the MDP: Field program are the changemakers who will bridge cultures and disciplines with empathy and integrity.

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MDP News


WORKSHOP: Talking Design with Non-Designers w/ Ana Monroe

March 2018

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    Designmatters x Antiracist Classroom

    Bianca Nasser, MFA Candidate, Media Design Practices / December 2017

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    Antionette Carroll Lecture and Workshop: Graduate Student Perspective

    Lauren Williams and Bianca Nasser, Graduate Media Design Practices / November 2017

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    ArtCenter College of Design partners with UNICEF Mexico – bringing design and technology to issues within international development.

    UNICEF Stories / March 2017

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    MDP/Field Collaborates With UNICEF in Mexico City

    Media Design Practices / February 2017

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    “When I see really powerful student projects happen it’s because the students have genuinely become interested in and care about who will be using, seeing or encountering their design. It’s an exercise in empathy.”

    Arden Stern, Humanities & Sciences, Faculty

    ArtCenter Dialogues, Dr. Laura Forlano / LEAP Dialogues Panel Discussion

    November 2016

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      Media Design Practices at ArtCenter: Live Online Conversation with Graduate Students in MDP : 8/17

      ArtCenter / August 2016

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      15 Years of Impact: ArtCenter Media Design Practices Dept.

      Anne Burdick / May 2016

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