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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Transdisciplinary Course offerings - Fall 2017

Safe Niños: Design Charity Retail / Environmental Design Dept. + Exchange/Study Away

Kyoto Study Away: Culture // Craft / Product Design & Illustration Dept.

The Qualified Self: Designing Next Generation Technologies for Health and Wellness / Product Design & Interaction Design Dept.

Humanities & Sciences Course offerings - Fall 2017

Social Making: Frameworks + Methods for Socially Engaged Creative Work / Humanities & Sciences

Designing Social Enterprise / Humanities & Sciences

Brandmatters / Humanities & Sciences

Upcoming Transdisciplinary Course offerings - Spring 2018

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

Fellowships - Summer 2017

Long Beach Innovation Team (Long Beach, CA) / Summer '17

Dalberg Design Impact Group (NYC) / Summer '17

Los Angeles Innovation Team (Los Angeles, CA) / Summer '17

Coaniquem (Santiago, Chile) / Summer ’17

Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach, CA) / Summer '17

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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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    "Human-centered design requires that we stay sensitive to the cultural values of the community, helping them not just survive, but thrive."

    Javier Palomares, Environmental Design, Faculty

    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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