[IxDA] Call for student applications: Masters in Design for Social Innovation, SVA

9 Jan 2012 - 7:47pm
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Over the past two or three years I've had conversations with many people on this list (at conferences and workshops, through email, etc.). I gather that *lots* of people in the design / research / interaction / UX / anthrodesign / IA / product / communications bundle of practices are pondering how they can work in areas other than corporate jobs, consumer products and services, etc.


There is a new degree program that might be just the thing for some of those people (I hope you'll agree this is worthy of a two-group cross-post). Full disclosure: I'm on the program's faculty, so on the one hand I'm biased, and on the other hand I'm speaking from first-hand knowledge of how the program is shaping up. I'm impressed by everyone involved and excited by the partnerships, projects, and courses that are coming together.

Here's the blurb:
Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts is the first MFA program for designers and graduates in other disciplines who want to harness design to create positive change and impact.

The holistic program is taught by faculty who are all leaders in their fields – CEOs, PhDs, and professionals from the worlds of science, art, health care, entrepreneurship, global corporations, social movements, game design, grant making, research, leadership development, living systems and communication design.

An inaugural cohort of 25 diverse, extraordinary students will become leaders in solving real world challenges, beginning in the fall of 2012.

Priority deadline for applications is January 30th, 2012.

Short overview video      http://dsi.sva.edu/designathon/short-film/
Site, faculty, program    http://dsi.sva.edu
Webinar Series            http://dsi.sva.edu/program/webinars
Press coverage            http://dsi.sva.edu/coverage/

Contact: Erin Hersey      ehersey@sva.edu

I would LOVE it if a few of the students turned out to be people from the interaction design world, and I think it would be STUPENDOUS if students came into the program from the "anthrodesign" conversation. This isn't a "save the world" program. It's a get-things-done-that-make-life-better program. In whatever context you see yourself -- your company, your village, your city, or occupying wall street from the inside.

Marc Rettig


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