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


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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    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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      "These projects help every design student see what is on the other side, and opens the door to making the impossible a possibility of hope."

      Armie Pasa and Gabriel La 'O, Product Design, Students

      15 Years of Partnerships: UNICEF

      Tina L. Zeng / March 2016

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        Creative Karma: An Interview with verynice Founder Matthew Manos

        HOW Magazine / January 2016

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        Mari Nakano wins the Young Innovator Alumni Award from Designmatters ArtCenter College of Design

        UNICEF Stories / December 2015

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