MICA Social Design


The Center for Social Design utilizes a human-centered and collaborative process to understand and define social problems, identify opportunities and generate ideas, and make tools that support positive change. Our goal is to shift relationships between people and people, and people and institutions. Our process includes multiple interwoven phases:


Practice Based Studios

Practice-based Studios bring students from a variety of disciplines together with outside partners from government, nonprofit and business sectors to identify opportunities, generate ideas, and make tools for positive social change.

To date, we’ve brought together more than 200 students across 12 disciplines at MICA to collaborate with outside partners on more than 50 projects dealing with issues from affordable housing to HIV/AIDS prevention to disaster preparedness. Learn More

MA in Social Design (MASD)

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

Social Design Fellowships

Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Social Design Fellowship provides two MA in Social Design graduates each year with a stipend, resources, and studio accommodations within MICA’s Center for Social Design for an additional year to continue their thesis research, implementation, and evaluation. The goal is to keep innovative ideas and talent in Baltimore, while demonstrating the value of design in the social sector. Learn More