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 Concentration, Media Design Practices (a graduate major), and select Designmatters Fellowships.

Designmatters Concentration

A flexible course of study in design for social impact for ArtCenter undergraduate students

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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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Trandisciplinary Course offerings - Fall 2015

Playtime: Community / Illustration Dept. (Course Number - TDS 405)

The Healing Soldier Project / Graphic Design Dept. (Course Number - TDS 378)

Upcoming Course offerings - Spring 2016

Coaniquem: Safe Niños / Environmental Design Dept.

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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


Media Design Practices Announces 2015-16 Adjunct Thesis Advisors

September 2015

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Expo Milano 2015: MDP Grad Students Exhibit Their Work on the Future of Food in Italy

Erika Katrina Barbosa / July 2015

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No developing world emergency is too great for MDP alum Jeff Hall

Christine Spines / June 2015

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MDP Field Student, Tina L. Zeng Wins Core77 Social Impact Award!

June 2015

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Los Angeles Global Service Jam

HyunJu Chappell / April 2015

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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

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Tina Park (MDP ‘06) & Miya Osaki (MDP ‘07)

Tina Park & Miya Osaki / March 2015

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Taxi Ipsum by Margo Dunlap

November 2014

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Oh the humanity!: How inclusive design transforms the designer as much as the user

ArtCenter / September 2014

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