The Designmatters Minor in social innovation is a course of study for ArtCenter 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 impact.

Comprised of a mix of studio courses, Designmatters real-world studios, and Humanities & Sciences courses, the Minor is offered in Environmental Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interaction Design, Photography and Imaging, and Product Design.

Environmental Design

TERM 1
Writing Studio OR Writing Studio: Intensive 3
Digital Process 1 3
Environmental Design 1 3
Design Lab 1 3
Materials & Making 3
Visual Communication 1 3
TERM 2
Art of Research (100) OR Art of Research (101) 3
Branding Strategies (DM) 3
Digital Process 2 3
Environmental Design 2 3
Design Lab 3
Visual Communication 2 3
TERM 3
History & Theory of Space: Looking Back 3
3rd Term Review 0
Digital Process 3 3
Environmental Design 3 3
Design Lab 3: Applied Graphics 3
Color, Material & Concept 3
Visual Communication 3 3
TERM 4
Intro to Modernism 3
Illumination: Lighting 3
Digital Process 4 3
Environmental Design 4 3
Structure-Interior Architecture 3
Design Lab 4 3
TERM 5
Theory of Structure 3
Sustainable Building Practices for Environmental (DM) 3
Sustainability Studio (DM) 3
Portfolio Studio 3
Topic Studio 3
Transdisciplinary Studio (DM) 3
TERM 6
Contemporary Place-Making 3
6th Term Review 0
Topic Studio 3
Digital Process 5 3
Spatial Materials & Surfaces 3
Experience Design 3
TERM 7
Human Factors & Design Psychology 3
Topic Studio (DM) OR Studio Elective (DM) 3
Portfolio Studio 2 3
Degree Project: Development 3
Transdisciplinary Studio (DM) 3
TERM 8
Degree Project: Studio 3
Senior Exhibition Design 3
STUDIO ELECTIVES – HUMANITIES & SCIENCES
Humanities 3
Social Sciences (DM) 3
Science & Technology 6
Business & Professional Practice 3
TOTAL
Total Required Units 144

Fine Art

Fine Art Curriculum Map Requirements: 18 credits
H+S Requirements 6 credits
Humanities & Sciences Electives (2) – Terms 5-8
Choose any two from a list of 15 to 20 H&S classes appropriate for Designmatters.
Studio Requirements 6 credits
ART-204 Art: Structure and Systems – Term 2
ART: Social Practice 1 – Terms 2-4
Designmatters Requirements 6 credits
TDS-TBD: Designmatters Real-World TDS -- Terms 6-8
ART-243: Socially Engaged Art (sponsored project) – Terms 6-8
Senior Projects
In addition, one of the two solo Senior Project presentations must be based around a project originating in the work done in Designmatters.

Graphic Design

TERM 1
Critical Practice 1 3
Writing Studio OR Writing Studio: Intensive 3
Communication Design 1: Primer 3
Type 1: Letterforms 3
Digital Basics: Lynda.com 1
Design 1 3
Narrative Sketching 3
TERM 2
Art of Research (DM) OR Art of Research 3
Motion Design 1 3
Communication Design 2: Information & Context 3
Typography 2: Structure 3
Design 2: Structure & Color 3
Narrative Imaging 3
TERM 3
Intro to Modernism 3
Package Design 1: Design Principles 3
Communication Design 3: Narrative & Scale (DM) 3
Type 3: Context 3
Visual Interaction Design 1: Generative Design 3
TERM 4
Graphic Design History 1 3
Package Design 2: Branding Systems 3
Communication Design 4: Identity Systems (DM) 3
Type 4: Editorial Print OR Type 4: Editorial Print for iPad OR Type 4: Editorial Space 3
4th Term Review 0
Visual Interaction Design 2: Web OR Motion Design 2 3
TERM 5
Graphic Design History 2 3
Communication Design 5: Transmedia 3
Information Design 3
Visual Interaction Design 3: Advanced Interaction OR Advanced 3D Motion Graphics OR Package Design 3: Interactive Systems 3
Type 5: Transmedia OR Type 5: Motion 3
TERM 6
Mediatecture 3
Studio Elective 3
Transdisciplinary Studio (DM) 3
TERM 7
Business 101 3
7th Term Review 0
Advanced Transmedia Studio 7 OR Advanced Print Studio 7 OR Sequential Design 3 OR Advanced Package Studio 7 OR Advanced VxD Studio 7` 3
Transdisciplinary Studio (DM) 3
TERM 8
Portfolio & Career Preparation 3
Advanced Transmedia Studio 8 OR Advanced Print Studio 8 OR Advanced Motion Studio 8 OR Advanced VxD Studio 8 3
Studio Elective 2
STUDIO ELECTIVES – HUMANITIES & SCIENCES
Humanities (3 units must be DM) 9
Social Sciences (DM) 3
Science & Technology 6
Business & Professional Practice 6
TOTAL
Total Required Units 132

Illustration Design

TERM 1
Writing Studio (102) OR Writing Studio: Intensive (101) 3
Illustration Now! 0
Perspective 3
Head & Hands 3
Composition & Drawing 3
Design 1 3
TERM 2
Art of Research (100) OR Art of Research 101 3
Composition & Painting 3
Digital Illustration OR Digital Painting OR Digital Life 3
Design 2: St Digital Life 3
Expressive Type 3
TERM 3
Critical Practice 3
Drawing Projects 3
Drawing for Illustration OR Motion Design 1 3
Materials of Art & Design OR Storyboarding 1: Design and Sequencing 3
Expressive Type OR Typography 2: Structure 3
TERM 4
Intro to Modernism 3
Typography 2: Structure OR Typography 3: Context 3
Illustrated Storytelling OR Sewing Lab OR Portraiture 3
Smart Image/Social Impact (DM) 3
Color Theory OR Color Trend for Surface Design 3
TERM 5
Humanities Elective (HCRT, HHIS, HNAR, HWRI) 3
History of Illustration OR History of Art 1 OR History of Art 2 OR History of Art 3 OR Graphic Design History 1 3
Intro to Printmaking OR Printmaking OR Motion Design 2 3
Illustration Design Lab 3
Data Visualization for Illustrators (DM) OR Toy Design OR Typography 4: Motion OR Type 5: Motion 3
5th Term Review 0
TERM 6
Advanced Critical Practice 3
Social Sciences Elective (HSOC) 3
Illustration for Publishing OR Children’s Book Illustration 3
Creative Strategies OR Illustrated Journalism (DM) OR Op Ed Illustration OR 3D Motion Graphics 3
Transdisciplinary Studio (DM) 3
TERM 7
Business & Prof Practice Elective (HBUS, HENT, HPRO) 3
Science & Technology Elective (HSCI) 3
H&S Electives (HBUS, HCRT, HENT, HHIS, HNAR, HPRO, HSCI, HSOC, or HWRI) 3
TDS-365 Type & Authorship OR Adv Product Design 6 OR Social Practice 1 OR Advanced Cinematic Motion 3
Transciplinary Studio (DM) 3
TERM 8
H&S Electives (HBUS, HCRT, HENT, HHIS, HNAR, HPRO, HSCI, HSOC, or HWRI) 9
Business 101 OR Designing Social Enterprise 3
Portfolio Design Lab 3
TOTAL
Total Required Units 120

Interaction Design

TERM 1
Writing Studio OR Writing Studio: Intensive 3
Viscom Fundamentals 1 OR Persuasive Sketching 1 (DM) 3
3D Fundamentals 1 3
Design 1 3
Interaction Design 1 3
Digital Basics: Lynda.com 1
Interactive Design & Dev. 1: WEB Design 3
TERM 2
Human Factors & Design Psychology (DM) 3
Way Things Work 3
Viscom Fundamentals 2 3
Design 2: Structure & Color 3
Interaction Design 2 3
Interactive Design 2: Interface 3
TERM 3
Intro to Modernism 3
Digital Electronics 3
Art of Research (DM) 3
3rd Term Review 1
Interaction Design 3 (DM) 3
Interactive Design3: Inform/Interact 3
Communication Design 2: Context 3
TERM 4
History & Futures of Interaction Design 3
Materials & Exploration 3
Interaction Design 4: Ecosystems 3
Information Design 3
Interactive Design 4: Interaction Design 3
TERM 5
Rapid Prototyping 3
Interaction Design 5 3
MediaTecture 3
Transdisciplinary Studio (DM) 3
TERM 6
Branding Strategies (DM) OR Brandmatters (DM) 3
6th Term Portfolio Review 1
Interaction Design 6 - Senior Project 3
IXD Topic Studio 3
Transdisciplinary Studio (DM) 3
TERM 7
Professional Practice 1 for Interaction Design 3
Advanced IXD 7 Senior Project 3
Advanced Interaction Studio 3
TERM 8
Professional Practice 2 for Interaction Design 3
Interactive Studio Portfolio Prep 3
Advanced IXD 8 Senior Project 3
STUDIO ELECTIVES – HUMANITIES & SCIENCES
Humanities 6
Social Sciences 3
Science & Technology 6
Business & Professional Practice 0
Humanities, Social Sciences, Science & Tech OR Bus/Prof Prac 3
TOTAL
Total Required Units 144

Photography + Imaging

Photography + Imaging Curriculum Map Requirements: 18 credits
H+S Requirements 6 credits
Humanities & Sciences Electives (2) – Terms 5-8
Choose any two from a list of 15 to 20 H&S classes appropriate for Designmatters.
Studio Requirements 6 credits
PHOT-254 Fine Art Photography – Term 4
Choose 1 course from:
      - PHOT-319 Portrait + Identity
      - PHOT-316 Editorial Photography
      - PHOT-318 From Still to Motion
      - PHOT-308 Documentary Photography
      - PHOT-361 Entrepreneurial Strategies
Designmatters Requirements 6 credits
TDS-TBD: Designmatters TDS -- Terms 5-8
PHOT-421 Video + Multi-Media

Product Design

TERM 1
Writing Studio OR Writing Studio: Intensive 3
3D Fundamentals 1 3
Study Models 2
Way Things Work 2
Design Fundamentals 1 3
Design Fundamentals 1 - Lab 0
Visual Communication 1 3
Product Design 1 3
Product Design 1 Lab 0
TERM 2
Intro to Modernism 3
3D Fundamentals 2 3
Digital Design 1 3
Design Fundamentals 2 3
Visual Communication 2 3
Product Design 2 3
TERM 3
History of Industrial Design 3
Rapid Prototyping 3
ID Form Language 3
3rd Term Review 0
Visual Communication 3 3
Product Design 3 3
TERM 4
Materials & Methods 1 3
Product Design 4 3
ID Graphics 3
Solid Modeling 3
Visual Communication 4 3
TERM 5
Design for Sustainability (DM) 3
Product Design 5 3
Visual Communication 5 3
Ixd for Consumer Products 3
Industrial Design Research (DM) 3
Internship Portfolio 2
TERM 6
Business of Design 3
Human Factors & Design Psychology (DM) 3
Product Design 6 (DM) 3
Open Innovation 3
6th Term Review 0
Visual Communication 6 3
Innovating Medical Devices 3
TERM 7
The Design Professional 3
Insights 3
Product Design 7 3
Transdisciplinary Studio (DM) 6
TERM 8
Professional Preparation (Workshop) 0
Portfolio 3
Product Design 8 3
STUDIO ELECTIVES – HUMANITIES & SCIENCES
Humanities 3
Social Sciences (3 units must be DM) 6
Science & Technology 6
Business & Professional Practice 3
TOTAL
Total Required Units 144