MDes in Design for Social Impact

No matter what kind of undergraduate degree you have, if you are creative with an exploratory nature, if you have the ability to see larger patterns and make connections between different things, if you have a sense of empathy for other people and their experiences, and if you're willing to question preconceived notions, the Master of Design in Design for Social Impact program at the University of the Arts is for you.

Here, you'll practice real-world design in real-world settings, with local business, government, non-profit and community organizations, like the GoodCompany Group, which accelerates the growth of social and environmental startups, for which students helped develop brand strategy, information design, visual communication and storytelling. Or the Franklin Learning Center, a Philadelphia high school, for which DSI students used design methods and skills to help plan lessons and curriculum. This hands-on education is highly collaborative – you'll take part in team-based studio projects, to design workshops for undergraduates, to fulfill internships and eventually, to create a collaborative thesis project.

You'll use design to address a number of different organizational and systemic challenges. For example, through the program's partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Health System, students work with key stakeholders on a range of projects addressing the patient experience – from how they schedule appointments, to what happens when they walk through the door, to why they chose a Penn doctor in the first place. Or maybe you’ll be like the group of students who traveled to Beirut and worked with local residents to design ethnographic research tools that provide a deeper understanding of their culture.

For more information, contact Design for Social Impact Program Director Anthony Guido at 215-717-6251.

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After UArts

Learn more about alumni like Andrew Dahlgren MID '07 (Industrial Design) who have found success after graduating from UArts.

Laundry Punch Bag by Jason Lampieri MID '04

In the News

Laundry Punch Bag by faculty member/alum Jason Lempieri MID '04 (Industrial Design) wins prestigious Core77 Design Award.

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Featured Student Work

Work by Master of Industrial Design students is featured in the Studio Spotlight (see link above). Other work by students, faculty and alumni in the program can be found at the bottom of this page.