Students, staff & faculty can login to access personalized content.

Parent & Guardian Access is located here.

Forgot your password?

MA Social Design Courses

View titles & descriptions for the Social Design (MA) program's courses offered.

Click a Course's Title to read its description .

Course # Course Title Credits
SD5350 Practice-Based Studio 3.00 credits
The Center for Social Design engages students in the process of problem solving and collaboration using the power of design to make a positive impact on society. Each semester, students work with a specific organization or initiative and focus on a specific objective or issue. Projects and partners change each semester. Past partners have included the Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore City Public Schools, JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Maryland Energy Administration. Past projects have focused on energy efficiency, food access, lead poisoning, HIV/AIDS, injury prevention, and health care to name a few. CSD students work alongside educators, design professionals, nonprofit and corporate organizations to research and experiment on the ways design can support project goals. Enrollment by permission of instructor.

SD5500 Social Design Seminar I 3.00 credits
Social Design Seminar I (3 credit hours) studies, discusses, and debates the designer's role and responsibility in society, specifically the belief that social change can happen through design. This course, required for all Social Design (MA) students, is the program’s core discourse and meets each Monday from 9 am to 3 pm. It takes the form of lessons, discussions, readings, workshops, presentations, and critiques. The course will provide students with tools, skills, and the overall awareness to address various aspects of social design and innovation. It will also prepare them to reflect on their process as they focus on the importance of research, problem identification, audience understanding, and idea development.

MA Social Design graduate students only

SD5550 Social Design Studio I 6.00 credits
Social Design Studio I (6 credit hours) immerses students into applied projects focused on relationship building, research, and outreach as well as exposure to and understanding of partner organizations and challenges facing the community and society in general. This hands-on course, required for all Social Design (MA) students, meets each Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm and provides students with practical, collaborative, project-based opportunities and experiences outside the institution.

MA Social Design graduate students only

SD5560 The State of Making 3.00 credits
This course engages with Baltimore’s maker community to generate a framework of what the future of making means in the city. Students will have the opportunity to take courses at local makerspaces in a variety of disciplines and engage in critical discourse about the historical and contemporary impact of making in Baltimore. Students will explore how cities evolve throughout history in response to new technologies, systems and services. This course is housed within the MICA Center for Social Design, which prepares the next generation of creative leaders through collaborative practice-based learning opportunities, exploring social issues, testing processes and defining the future of design.

Graduate students only (All programs of study)

SD5600 Social Design Seminar II 3.00 credits
Social Design Seminar II (3 credit hours) studies, discusses, and debates the designer's role and responsibility in society, specifically the belief that social change can happen through design. This course, required for all Social Design (MA) students, is the program’s core discourse and meets each Monday from 9 am to 3 pm. It takes the form of lessons, discussions, readings, workshops, presentations, and critiques. The course will provide students with tools, skills, and the overall awareness to address various aspects of social design and innovation. It will also prepare them to reflect on their process as they focus on the importance of research, problem identification, audience understanding, and idea development.

MA Social Design graduate students only

SD5650 Social Design Studio II 6.00 credits
Social Design Studio II (6 credit hours) immerses students into applied thesis work focused on process, research, and outreach as well as exposure to and understanding of partners/stakeholders and root causes of the challenges facing community and society in general. This hands-on course, required for all Social Design (MA) students, meets each Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm and provides students with practical, collaborative, project-based opportunities and experiences outside the institution.

MA Social Design graduate students only