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 - Spring 2016

Coaniquem: Safe Niños / Environmental Design Dept.

Blue Hope / Interaction Design Dept. (Course Number - TDS-406)

Project 51's Play the LA River / H&S and Product Design Dept. (Course Number - TDS-380-01)

Current Fellowships

Women Deliver (New York City) / Spring 2016

Long Beach Innovation Team (Long Beach, CA) / Spring 2016

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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


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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MDP Alum Matt Manos speaks to Core77 about his design studio, @verynice. and his new consulting firm, Models of Impact

Core77 / December 2015

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MDP Alumnus Christopher Raykovich redesigns Microsoft’s Start identity for Windows 10

Wired / December 2015

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Mari Nakano: 2015 ArtCenter Young Innovator Alumni Award Recipient

December 2015

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"As designers we need to remain accountable, with measureable outcomes and ways of making small moves to create big impacts."

Stephanie Dhillon, Environmental Design, Student

MDP Alumni‬ and HUSH Co-founder David Schwarz Gives a Look into His Design Studio with AIGA

AIGA / November 2015

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A Grad Design Student’s Perspective: 2015 AICAD Social Practices Conference & PALS Summit

Esther Park / October 2015

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Media Design Practices/Lab+Field Graduate Program Info Sessions

MDP / October 2015

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