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At Art Center, we believe that art and design education should exist within a larger field of social, humanitarian and responsible business practices. Our College-wide social impact initiative, Designmatters, infuses the College curricula with content and expertise relevant to contemporary issues through strategic partnerships with leading nonprofits and industry. These collaborations focus on four pillars of investigation as they intersect with art and design: sustainable development, global health care, public policy and social entrepreneurship.

In recognition of Designmatters' service to society, Art Center became the first design school to receive Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status by the United Nations in 2003; the department has also fostered a series of prestigious and unique global affiliations providing students access to a prominent stage for meaningful engagement.

The Designmatters concentration is offered to undergraduate students who wish to focus on an in-depth exploration of art and design for meaningful social impact. By participating in Designmatters courses as well as engaging in internships, students in the Designmatters concentration partake in a unique track of experiential learning.


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Designmatters Contact Information

Mariana Amatullo
Vice President and Director, Designmatters Department

Elisa Ruffino
Producer and Sr. Associate Director, Designmatters Department

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