ArtCenter recognizes the power of design to change the world. Through research, advocacy and action, the College’s social innovation department, Designmatters, engages, empowers and leads an ongoing exploration of art and design as a positive force in society. Designmatters courses vary from term to term, but include academic, discipline-specific and studio-based offerings that engage students across all majors, taught with a dynamic, entrepreneurial and experiential approach to design education.
Through Designmatters, the College offers a minor in Design for Social Innovation, providing a transcripted specialization for undergraduate students who want to master a toolkit of design skills and strategies to navigate the complex dynamics of working with communities and designing for social change. Offered in five disciplines, the minor is comprised of 21 units of study and can be completed concurrently with a student’s major degree program. Additionally, Designmatters is a key partner of ArtCenter’s Media Design Practices/Field Track, offering graduate students the chance to design for social innovation in a real-world context where social issues, media
The Designmatters Fellowship Program embeds top students in host organizations for one full 14-week academic term to work on high-level projects and explore the mission,
Through these programs, students tackle local, national and global issues head-on, from preventing homelessness and youth gun violence in the U.S.
The values of sustainable development, global health, public policy and social entrepreneurship are core to the curriculum,
Mariana co-founded Designmatters in 2001, and later expanded it into a graduate and undergraduate department.
We aspire to redefine and expand the role of an artist and designer into one who is a catalyst for social change and innovation.Dr. Mariana AmatulloVice President, Designmatters
Visual Experience Designer, Medic Mobile
Visual Strategy Lead, UNICEF Innovation Unit