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Course Description

“Graphic design is a big f****** club with spikes in it, and I want to wield it.” –– James Victore


As designers, it is our job to create and disseminate engaging and beautiful messages and materials in service of promoting an idea or product. In this course, instead of selling toothbrushes, we will explore design as a catalyst for social change. We will focus on marrying design to activism, and examine established methodologies for developing and fostering a successful call to action. Students will work individually or in groups to design and implement a campaign for a cause of their choosing; final deliverable forms will vary but may include posters, websites, to public art installations. Through lectures, in-class activities, and critiques, students will learn about the role design and designers play in social activism, as well as strategies for research, ideation, prototyping, and testing design solutions.


This course may be used as an elective by any Graphic Design Certificate student who has completed a minimum of 6 required or elective courses toward their certificate as of July 2020, or by special permission from the Graphic Design Certificate academic advisor, Charles Gibbons.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Not Required.

Instructor Approval: Not Required.

Refund Policy: Course Policy 1

Remission Eligibility: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

Affiliated With:

School of Arts & Sciences
School of the Museum of Fine Arts