MICA Social Design

Master of Arts in Social Design

MA in Social Design (MASD) is an intensive, 1-year graduate program grounded in a philosophy of practice-based learning combining theory and praxis, both action and reflection.

The first degree-bearing program of its kind, our curriculum introduces students to a broad theoretical framework for social design, exposes them to a variety of methods and models for social impact, and prepares them with a core set of skills necessary to pursue professional opportunities in the emerging practice of social design. Learn more at mica.edu.

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Core Competencies

MASD graduates will acquire the following core competencies upon completion of the program. Read more about the MASD curriculum here.

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Core Competencies
Thesis
Professional Pathways

Mini-Fellowships

The Center for Social Design has developed a number of opportunities for current MASD students to pursue professional, paid, part-time fellowships (typically ~8-hours per week) with a variety of institutions during the spring semester of their MASD year. The “mini-fellowships” are designed to enable MASD students to put their newly-acquired social design skillset into practice in real professional contexts.

Recent opportunities have included:

CLIMATE CHANGE & ENVIRONMENT
Biomimicry for Social Innovation Fellow
Civic Works Climate Action Fellow

COMMUNITY DESIGN
Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) Community Engagement Fellow
Baltimore Impact Hub Community Design Lab Fellow

DESIGN & HEALTH
Behavioral Health System Baltimore Social Design Fellow
emocha Social Design Fellow
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Community Public Health Fellow
Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering Clinical Trial Systems Project Fellows

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
Social Innovation Lab (SIL) Fellows

Professional Pathways

MASD graduates have pursued professional opportunities in a variety of institutions across the public, private, nonprofit and academic sectors:

DESIGN & INNOVATION
Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI)
Gensler
Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety & Quality
Little Bird Innovation
Neighborhood Design Center
Reboot
Tipping Point T Lab
Tomorrow Partners
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
AARP Foundation
Asian Counseling and Referral Service
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Code for America
Development Seed
Kalimat Magazine
Korea Craft Design Foundation
LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York
Open Society Institute-Baltimore Community Fellow
Revolution Foods
STAR TRACK
Teach for America

BUSINESS & INNOVATION
ActioNet
Captricity
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Johnson & Johnson Global Strategic Design Office
Quid

ENTREPRENEURSHIP & SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
boomco
Bramble Lab
eMocha Mobile Health Inc.
GoodJinn
Imperative
MLE Brand
SOLA Ventures

GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC SERVICE
AdHocTeam.us
Baltimore City Health Department
White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders
White House Presidential Innovation Fellowship

ACADEMIA/TEACHING
American School of Yaoundé
Carnegie Mellon University
Gallaudet University
Goldsmiths College
Loyola University Maryland
MICA Center for Social Design
MICA & Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business, MA/MBA in Design Leadership
School of Visual Arts (SVA)
University of the Arts London, College of Communication
University of Maryland—Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
University of Southampton

Awards and Recognition (2012-present)

Biomimicry Global Design Challenge 2016
Peggy Liao, Carly Wais & Caitlin Weber (MASD’16)

Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU)
Kayla Ingram, Kristin McCall-Kiley, Caitlin Weber & Justin Wuetcher (MASD’16)
Emily Ianacone, Missan Madani, Cally Markovsky & Jen Sullivan (MASD '15)
Byron Banghart, Cindy Jian, Vincent Purcell (MASD’14)
Mira Azarm & Jonathan Erwin (MASD’13)

Design Ignites Change - AIGA Professional Fellowship
Ben Peterson (MASD’12)

Design Ignites Change - Student Innovation Award
Byron Banghart, Laura Brewer & Andrea Brown (MASD’14)

Fred Lazarus Leadership for Social Change Award
Diamond James (MASD’16)
Emily Ianacone (MASD '15)
Vincent Purcell (MASD’14)

Fulbright Scholarship 2014
Silvia Mata-Marin (MASD’15)

Gensler Architecture Impact Award
Irina Wong (MASD’17)
Demi Lashawn (MASD’16)

Graphic Design USA Student to Watch
Caitlin Weber (MASD’16)
Emily Ianacone (MASD '15)
Becky Slogeris (MASD '12)

Kaiser Permanente Social Innovation Challenge 2016
Carly Wais (MASD’16)

Magnum Foundation, Look3 Photography Award 2015
Cally Markovsky (MASD '15)

MICA Graduate Research Development Grant
Molly Reddy (MASD’17)
Kayla Ingram, Diamond James, Demi Lashawn (MASD’16)
Becky Slogeris (MASD '12)

MICA Launching Artists in Baltimore (LAB) Award
2016: Diamond James & Demi Lashawn (MASD’16) & Merrell Hambleton (MASD’15)
2015: Cary Euwer & Merrell Hambleton (MASD’15)
2014: Vincent Purcell (MASD’14)
2013: Mira Azarm (MASD’13)
2012: Ben Peterson & Becky Slogeris (MASD’12)

MICA Leslie King Hammond Graduate Award
Denise Shanté Brown (MASD’17)

MICA Office of Community Engagement Grant
Kayla Ingram, Peggy Liao & Carly Wais (MASD’16)
Merrell Hambleton & Anna Spisak (MASD’15)
Anne Marie Jasinowski & Vincent Purcell (MASD’14)
Becky Slogeris (MASD'12)

MICA UP/Start Venture Competition (finalist)
Olivia Lindsey (MASD’16)

New Economy Maryland Fellowship
2014-15: Eva Fury, Emily Ianacone & Anna Spisak (MASD’15)

Open Society Institute-Baltimore Community Fellowship
Vincent Purcell (MASD’14)

Warnock Foundation Social Innovation Award
2016: Demi Lashawn (MASD’16)
2015: Becky Slogeris (MASD’12)
2014: Vincent Purcell (MASD’14)

World Economic Forum - Global Shapers
María Isabel García Díaz (MASD’16)
Becky Slogeris (MASD’12)