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


Designmatters x Antiracist Classroom

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

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

November 2016

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    "Because this was not just an academic exercise, I learned so much about messaging, keeping things consistent, and understanding the psychology of a real campaign."

    Liz Levin, Advertising, Student

    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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      15 Years of Partnerships: UNICEF

      Tina L. Zeng / March 2016

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