Impact: Design for Social Change is an advanced program that runs on two parallel tracks: Track One will focus on social entrepreneurship and educate students on how to conceive, execute and fund their own projects for social change – projects that are not client-based. At the end of the workshop each student will have a fully developed concept with clear steps on how to implement it if they choose to do so.
Along Track Two, students will participate in the development and execution of a team project that addresses a pressing need for a New York City-based non-profit organization. The approach will be different from the traditional client-designer relationship in that the non-profit will not bring to the table a pre-determined assignment. Students will consult with each organization to access a problem to tackle.
This is a program at a level on par with graduate studies. The intensive offers advanced students and working professionals a unique opportunity to study with faculty composed of leading designers and social entrepreneurs. In addition, weekly lectures and field trips will allow students to directly interact with a dynamic range of innovators in the field.
This is a rapidly growing area of design. This program will instill in participants the confidence, self-motivation and collaborative spirit which will be needed as they continue on to work as design activists.
Professionals, educators and advanced students in the following disciplines are invited to participate: advertising, graphic design, product design, information design, interactive design, fashion design, photography and illustration. The program is oriented towards these design disciplines but we have had architects and social entrepreneurs participate.
This six week summer intensive takes place in the center of New York City at the School of Visual Arts, from July 8 to August 16 2013. Application deadline ended April 1.
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