March 28, 2012
We were heartened to learn yesterday of the Austin Center for Design (AC4D), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit school focused on the “development of design knowledge directed towards all forms of social and humanitarian problems.” Among others, the Center specifically focuses on education, homelessness, and poverty. Its inspiring philosophy includes terms like “empathy” and “impact.” In addition to a one-year program, profiled below, AC4D also offers a 10-day training program, “for leaders and individual contributors in marketing, technology, design, nonprofit, and policy organizations.”
AC4D offers a one year program–held on site (on nights and weekends) in Austin, Texas–emphasizing creative problem solving related to human behavior, through the use of advanced technology and novel approaches to business strategy. The program is ideal for designers, artists, business professionals and technologists with 2-5 years of experience doing professional work, or for more seasoned professionals looking to change the trajectory of their careers.The curriculum balances a more traditional lecture-style with the creative learning-by-doing, experiential qualities of a design studio environment, and students rapidly acquire knowledge of the various discipline humanitarian issues while formulating advanced design knowledge related to synthesis, service and system design, and entrepreneurship.
Click here to learn more about the Austin Center for Design.