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Elevating the social and design literacy of creatives and building new opportunities and pathways for professional practice.
The first degree-bearing program of its kind, the Master of Arts in Social Design (MASD) at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is an intensive, practice-based graduate program that prepares creative changemakers with the tools and methods to advance equity and social justice and become pioneers and leaders in the practice.
MASD alumni hold innovative leadership positions within the public, private, nonprofit, entrepreneurial and academic sectors across the US and globally.
The 30-credit MASD curriculum is comprised of seminar, studio, and elective courses as well as a variety of other immersive and practice-based experiences that take students outside of the institution to:
- Increase Social Literacy: Develop a deeper understanding of the issues of equity, power, race and privilege that exist at the heart of the social problems we aim to address.
- Deepen Design Literacy: Establish an ethical framework to guide personal practice and learn human-centered design methods to build empathy with and engage people in making and doing.
In addition to the core faculty and staff of the Center for Social Design, MASD students learn from visiting faculty across a variety of disciplines through a combination of practice-based experiences:
- Practice-based Studios: MASD students are eligible to enroll in the Center for Social Design's award-winning, semester-long courses that bring students from a variety of disciplines together with outside partners from government, nonprofit and business sectors to learn and apply the human-centered design process.
- Graduate Fellowships: MASD students put their skills into practice in professional contexts through paid, part-time fellowships with a variety of institutions during the academic year.
- Post-Graduate Associates: MASD graduates are eligible for associate positions within the Center for Social Design to build a professional practice and deepen their work in Baltimore after they graduate.