“I agree that it is a great value for students to know that they have tools to effect massive change, and not always within a for-profit organization.”

Enrique Von Rohr, Director of Strategic Development
Washington University in St. Louis



The project highlights included in this section illustrate only a small portion of the many ways educators are bringing social responsibility into the Visual Communications classroom. In each instance, they have been created from resources, provided by educators, which highlight their methodology and approach to this important topic.
 

 
Art Center
College of Design



Hannah Huang
Research Coordinator
“Art Center College of Design college-wide initiative, Designmatters, has been incorporating social responsibility into the curriculum since 2001. Our program is gaining more and more visibility and students actually apply to the College because of the Designmatters program.”

Project Highlights Include:
About Designmatters
Awards
Designmatters Fellowships
News
Project: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Project: Millennium Development Goals
Project: American Cancer Society  

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Art Institute
of Phoenix


space Keith Bennett
Academic Director
“There are quite a few non-profit organizations fighting over the same dollar. So [including social responsibility in the curriculum] helps the student understand how important it is to think intelligently and be good stewards of their resources.”

Project Highlights Include:
Personal Interview
Program Overview
Student’s Work


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Daemen College



Kimberly Fleischman
Assistant Professor
“In my classes, I try to introduce projects that address an issue (social, political, religious, etc). [Students] begin to understand how their profession can affect ones attitude about such topics.”

Project Highlights Include:
Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement
Course Project
Project Recap
Project Deliverables


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Grand Valley
State University



Lorelle Otis Thomas
Professor
“Students have developed some excellent concepts and appropriate, dynamic designs. These types of opportunities create citizen designers.”

Project Highlights Include:
Personal Interview
Course Syllabi
Projects in Sustainability
Projects in Social ResponsibilIty


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Kansas City
Art Institute



Tyler Galloway
Assistant Professor
“It’s important that students realize that design can serve many different ends beyond commercial culture. It can be used in education, information display, entertainment, and as a persuasive tool. At KCAI, we are trying to demonstrate those uses through the types of projects we assign throughout the curriculum.”

Project Highlights Include:
Visual Advocacy Course Documents


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Maryland Institute
College of Art



Bernard J. Canniffe
Chair, Graphic Design
“We are focusing on creating markets, working with micro lenders and trying to address world socioeconomic projections. Of course it’s a tall order—but you have to dream big because the problem is huge and important.”

Project Highlights Include:
Blue Collar Theory
MICA/JHU Design Coalition
MICA/JHU Coalition Course Syllabi
MICA/JHU Coalition Student Projects


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Massachusetts College
of Art and Design



Lisa Rosowsky
Chair, Communications Design
“Although each faculty member brings their own experience and philosophy regarding social responsibility into their classrooms, social responsibility is woven into the fabric of our entire program.”

Project Highlights Include:
About The Center for Art and Community Partnerships
How to Get Involved
Partnership Guidelines
Developing Community Partnerships
Applications
Resources
Projects


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Metropolitan State
University of Denver



Lisa Abendroth
Communication Design Coordinator and Associate Professor
“As an educator, my pedagogy focuses on creating course content that exhibits a social awareness within the field of design at large. Directing the studio of Culture / Language / Dialogue, I develop projects which promote collaboration through an understanding of culture.”

Project Highlights Include:
Project: Design Research Methods
Project: Ethnographic Strategies
Exhibition: Substance—Diverse Practices from the Periphery


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Ohio Northern University


Brit Rowe
Chair, Assistant Professor
“My goal for these types of assignments is to get students thinking of themselves as citizens, and taking on values and responsibilities as citizens. I want them to think about the choices they make, and how their work has an impact beyond Visual Communications.”

Project Highlights Include:
Personal Interview
Course Syllabi


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Robert Busch School of Design in the Michael Graves College of Kean University

Robin Landa
Distinguished Professor
“Our students seize opportunities to be upstandersdesigners who take action and utilize their skills to call others to action in defense of humanity.”

Project Highlights Include:
Project 1: CFBNJ Info-graphic
Project 2: “Look Who’s Getting Engaged” Ad for the Enough Project


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Rochester Institute of Technology


Lorrie Frear
Assistant Professor;
Carol Fillip
Visiting Professor Graphic Design; and
Patti Lachance
Associate Professor / Administrative Chair
“Social responsibility is a major concern in all of the design courses in the School of Design at RIT. Students are continually reminded that they are responsible for the messages they put out there and that design does have the ability to affect change.”

Project Highlights Include:
Pro Bono Project Descriptions


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Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design


Martin Mendelsberg
Core Faculty: Graphic Design and Interactive Media
“Visual communication students are hypersensitive to corporate culture and especially contemporary advertising. They reject traditional forms of messaging and seek independence, as they inhabit social networks such as ‘myspace’ and ‘facebook.’ My courses address social, political, and historical content. They empower students to practice research, writing, speaking, and visual presentation. The outcomes clearly demonstrate emotional and intellectual connections to socially relevant subjects.”

Project Highlights Include:
Syllabus: Visual Sequencing
Project 1: Life at the San, the private letters of Morris and Sadye Diamond
Project 2: Patient 2743, Prisoner 91361, Dr. Ali Kuci


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Savanna College of Art and Design


Stephen T. Hall
Chair
“[Social responsibility] is important to our curriculum just as it is important to the advertising industry. Our curriculum mirrors the profession, so naturally social responsibility is part of it.”

Project Highlights Include:
Personal Interview
Course Description
Course Syllabus
News
Project: Homelessness


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School of
Visual Arts



Lita Talarico
Co-chair of the MFA Designer As Author Program at the School of Visual Arts, New York
“Students are citizens. Designers are citizens. Citizens must be engaged in the world they live in.” — Steven Heller, Co-chair of the MFA Designer As Author Program at the School of Visual Arts, New York

Project Highlights Include:
Adobe Article: Designer as Author
CA Article: Design=Heart? Stefan Sagmeister asks design students;
Can design touch someone’s heart?
Project: Socks for the Holidays


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Sessions Online School of Design


Nomi Altabef
Director of Student Experience
“This is a way for students to get their work used in a real-world scenario while learning a sense of social responsibility—learning that as Visual Communicators they have a great deal of power that can be used to motivate and mobilize people, and represent organizations that might otherwise not get their message across.”

Project Highlights Include:
Personal Interview
Competition Announcements
Project: Joyful Heart Foundation
Project: Urban Word NYC


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Tyler School of Art at Temple University


Stephanie Knopp
Professor
“Working on social responsibility projects has been a component of the design program here for many years. Virtually all Tyler graphic design students have at least one social responsibility project in their portfolios upon graduation.”

Project Highlights Include:
Program Overview
Project: Trail Map
Project: Green on Screen Film Posters
Project: Native Plant Sale Poster
Project: Native Plant Insect Festival Poster
Project: New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation Logo
Project: New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic Logo
Project: Packaging designs for the Museum’s supermarket exhibit
Project: Jazz Nites Logo
Project: Academic Press Identity
Project: T-Shirt Designs


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University of Bridgeport


Amy Papaelias
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
“While social responsibility projects are not a requirement, the idea of being a citizen of the world is vital to our program.”

Project Highlights Include:
Poster Contest: Sexual Assault Prevention
In the News
Student’s Work


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University of
Florida



Maria Rogal
Associate Professor
School of Art + Art History
“We believe that design, in all of its many manifestations, plays an important role in fostering economic, cultural, and social development and change. To this end, we use design thinking, concepts, methods, processes, and products to engage its power and potential for the social good. In partnership with marginalized indigenous communities in Mexico, we focus on projects that have rich opportunities for innovation, development, empowerment and a positive community impact.”

Project Highlights Include:
Design for Development + Design Shares: Visit Website >

 

 
University of Houston


Cheryl Beckett
Associate Professor
“In great cities, spaces as well as places are designed and built: walking, witnessing, being in public,are as much part of the design and purpose as is being inside to eat, sleep, make shoes or love or music.The word citizen has to do with cities, and the ideal city is organized —around participation in public life.”

Project Highlights Include:
An Introduction to SiteWorks: Building Citizen Designers
Project Highlights: Project Brays
Project Highlights: AgriProp


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University of
Central Missouri



John Lynch
Associate Professor of Art
“The Creative Engine, a 24-hour design marathon, is not part of our curriculum, but rather a voluntary extracurricular event. We are in our fifth year, and each year the event has been a resounding success.”

Project Highlights Include:
Personal Interview
Fast Facts
News
The Creative Engine Documentation

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University of
Illinois at Urbana—
Champaign



Eric Benson
Assistant Professor
“Whether by an architect, industrial, fashion or graphic designer, the objects and systems that play a key role in shaping our everyday lives have been intentionally created to support a cause or to be sold in the marketplace. With that in mind the designers’ power to enact a sustainable and equitable change is profound.”

Project Highlights Include:
EDGE: Ethics of a Designer in a Global Economy
EDGE Course Assignments with Student’s Work
Resources


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University of
Kansas



Patrick Dooley
Professor of Design
“Graphic design is a profession that can contribute to visual pollution and the landfill, so I think it's important to teach students how relevant graphic design can be to communicating something meaningful.” — Andi Witczak, Director, Center for Service Learning

Project Highlights Include:
Project: Midland Care Connection Syllabus
Student’s Work


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University of
Notre Dame



Robert Sedlack
Associate Professor
“We are fortunate to have a group of very motivated students. Students with a keen understanding of social injustice. These students realize how fortunate they are to be in school, and that with ability comes responsibility. They are eager to use their communication skills to advance social causes that they are passionate about.”

Project Highlights Include:
Interviews
Project: Bon Sel
Course Syllabi
Course Assignments
Student’s Work


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University of
Utah



Carol A. Sogard
Associate Professor
Art/Art History Department

Project Highlights Include:
“Create! Don’t Hate.” Salt Lake City: Visit Website >
The Revinylize Project: Visit Website >

How Much Do You Know About Plastic?: Visit Website >
 

 
University of Wisconsin—Stout


Ambica Prakash
Assistant Professor Graphic Design
“It is important for students to experience the various aspects of design—commercial, social, cultural and political.”

Project Highlights Include:
Personal Interview
News
Project: Sophomore Service Learning
Project: Junior Level Project
Project: One in Four
Project: United Way


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Virginia Commonwealth University


Peyton Rowe
Associate Professor, Media Graphics + Design
“I believe that design is by it’s very nature a socially aware discipline as well as a service discipline. Designers like to solve problems and be involved with their communities. Why not give to those organizations that can’t afford it the power of your skills to communicate visually?”

Project Highlights Include:
Philosophy on Causal Design
About CreateAthon onCampus
Nonprofit Project Development Syllabus
CreateAthon onCampus Schedules, Teams and Application
CreateAthon onCampus Completed Projects
CreateAthon onCampus Event Photos


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Virginia Commonwealth University


Noah Scalin
Adjunct Faculty
“Marketing/design is an incredibly powerful tool and it is reprehensible not to give students an understanding of the positive and negative effects it can have on the real world around them.”

Project Highlights Include:
Personal Interview
Design Rebels Syllabus
Project: Shop RVA
Project: Rise Now


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Washington University
in St. Louis



Enrique Von Rohr
Director of Strategic Development
“I agree that it is a great value for students to know that they have tools to effect massive change, and not always within a for-profit organization.”

Project Highlights Include:
Personal Interview
Press Release
Program Overview
Visual Communications Resource Studio Projects
Additional Information


Download Project Highlights > (2.4 mb pdf)

 

 
If you are an educator in a Visual Communications program who would like to share your unique approach to incorporating social responsibility into your classroom, please let us know.
 
   


last update: 01.14