At the heart of the Design for Social Impact program is the staunch belief that designers can—and must—be leading agents of change in the world. The program’s curriculum promotes a social design process that incorporates collaborative projects across disciplines and that produces actionable models and scenarios to create sustainable change. All studio projects within the program are conducted in partnerships with outside organizations as students use design methods and tools to address complex organizational and social issues with real stakeholders, in real time. The program prepares students to become leaders and innovators who are instrumental in fostering strategic creativity, organizational learning and community engagement in a variety of fields across the globe.
Students work with businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and community groups in sectors such as health care, social services, technology and education. Project outcomes range from new service models, design for user experience, strategies and tools for community engagement, and the development of social entities, organizations and new businesses and initiatives.
The program encourages applicants from any undergraduate degree—the only requisite skill is that students demonstrate the possession of creativity, an exploratory nature and a strong desire to be agents of change in their communities and in the world.