MICA Social Design

Master of Arts in Social Design

MA in Social Design (MASD) is an intensive, 1-year graduate program grounded in a philosophy of practice-based learning combining theory and praxis, both action and reflection.

The first degree-bearing program of its kind, our curriculum introduces students to a broad theoretical framework for social design, exposes them to a variety of methods and models for social impact, and prepares them with a core set of skills necessary to pursue professional opportunities in the emerging practice of social design. Learn more at mica.edu.

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Core Competencies

MASD graduates will acquire the following core competencies upon completion of the program. Read more about the MASD curriculum here.

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Graduate Fellowships

The Center for Social Design has developed a number of opportunities for current MASD students to pursue professional, paid, part-time fellowships (8-hours per week) with a variety of institutions during the spring semester of their MASD year. The graduate fellowships are designed to enable MASD students to put their newly-acquired human-centered design skillset into practice in real professional contexts.

Recent opportunities have included:

DESIGN & HEALTH
Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality - Johns Hopkins Medicine (Design Thinking Fellow)
Behavioral Health System Baltimore (Social Design Fellow)
emocha Mobile Health (Social Design Fellow)
Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) (Social Design Fellow)
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg American Health Initiative (Social Design Fellow)
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Social Design Fellow)
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity (Social Design Fellow)
Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science & Engineering (Clinical Trial Systems Project Fellow)
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Department of Community Public Health (Community Public Health Fellow)

DESIGN & INNOVATION
Baltimore Impact Hub (Civic Innovation Fellow)
Gensler Baltimore (Social Design Fellow)
MICA Center for Social Design (Community Engagement Fellow)
Neighborhood Design Center (Community Design Fellow)

GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC SERVICE
Baltimore Innovation Team (i-team) (Social Design Fellow)
Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) (Social Design Fellow)
Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) (Social Design Fellow)

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Made in Baltimore (Social Design Fellow)
Social Innovation Lab (SIL), Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (Social Design Fellow)

CLIMATE CHANGE & ENVIRONMENT
Center for Social Design (Biomimicry for Social Innovation Fellow)
Civic Works (Climate Action Fellow)
Johns Hopkins Mathematical Optimization for Decisions Lab (Human-Centered Design Fellow)

Professional Pathways

MASD graduates have pursued professional opportunities in a variety of institutions across the public, private, nonprofit and academic sectors:

DESIGN & INNOVATION
Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI)
Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)
Designing Justice + Designing Spaces (DJ+DS)
Gensler
ideas42
Neighborhood Design Center
Participate in Design (PID)
Reboot
Tomorrow Partners
We Divine Water

DESIGN & HEALTH
ActioNet
Baltimore City Health Department
Center for Healthcare Innovation, UPenn Health System
Clover Health
ChoiceMap
emocha Mobile Health Inc
Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety & Quality
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Center for Innovative Care in Aging
Johnson & Johnson Global Strategic Design Office
Revolution Foods
STAR TRACK Adolescent Health Program
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC SERVICE
AdHoc LLC
City of New York, Administration for Children’s Services
General Services Administration (GSA), 18F
Mayor’s Office of Innovation (i-team)—Baltimore City
Mayor’s Office of Innovation (i-team)—Los Angeles
Participatory Design Lab—City of Philadelphia
U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders
White House Presidential Innovation Fellowship

BUSINESS & INNOVATION
Atlas Research
Booz Allen
Captricity
Deloitte Canada
Monitor Deloitte Federal
KAYAK
Quid
No.Inc

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
AARP Foundation
Asian Counseling and Referral Service
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Code for America
Development Seed
Kalimat Magazine
Korea Craft Design Foundation
LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York
Open Society Institute-Baltimore Community Fellow
Revolution Foods
STAR TRACK
Teach for America

ENTREPRENEURSHIP & SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
boomco
Bramble Lab
GoodJinn
Imperative
Kalimat Magazine
MLE Empowering Apparel
Rising Action Studio
Rootlink
SOLA Ventures

ACADEMIA/TEACHING
American School of Yaoundé
American University of Rome
Ateneo de Manila University
Carnegie Mellon University
Goldsmiths College
Harvard Kennedy School
Loyola University Maryland
MICA Center for Social Design
MICA & Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business, MA/MBA in Design Leadership
New York University (NYU)
Pratt Institute
School of Visual Arts (SVA)
University of the Arts London
University of Maryland—Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
University of Southampton

Awards and Recognition

Biomimicry Global Design Challenge
Rachel Serra, Naeeme Mohammadi, and Jen Begazo (MASD'17)
Peggy Liao, Carly Wais & Caitlin Weber (MASD’16)

Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU)
Steffanie Espat, Mengru Liao, Kate McGrain & Hannah Shaw (MASD’18)
Rachel Serra, María Isabel García Díaz, Smile Indias & Valeria Fuentes (MASD’17)
Kayla Ingram, Kristin McCall-Kiley, Caitlin Weber & Justin Wuetcher (MASD’16)
Emily Ianacone, Missan Madani, Cally Markovsky & Jen Sullivan (MASD '15)
Byron Banghart, Cindy Jian, Vincent Purcell (MASD’14)
Mira Azarm & Jonathan Erwin (MASD’13)

Design Ignites Change - AIGA Professional Fellowship
Ben Peterson (MASD’12)

Design Ignites Change - Student Innovation Award
Byron Banghart, Laura Brewer & Andrea Brown (MASD’14)

Fred Lazarus Leadership for Social Change Award
Denise Shanté Brown (MASD'17)
Diamond James (MASD’16)
Emily Ianacone (MASD'15)
Vincent Purcell (MASD’14)

Fulbright Scholarship 2014
Silvia Mata-Marin (MASD’15)

Gensler Architecture Impact Award
Irina Wong (MASD’17)
Demi Lashawn (MASD’16)

Graphic Design USA Student to Watch
Caitlin Weber (MASD’16)
Emily Ianacone (MASD '15)
Becky Slogeris (MASD '12)

Kaiser Permanente Social Innovation Challenge 2016
Carly Wais (MASD’16)

Magnum Foundation, Look3 Photography Award 2015
Cally Markovsky (MASD '15)

MICA Graduate Research Development Grant
Molly Reddy (MASD’17)
Kayla Ingram, Diamond James, Demi Lashawn (MASD’16)
Becky Slogeris (MASD '12)

MICA Launching Artists in Baltimore (LAB) Award
2017: María Isabel García Díaz
2016: Diamond James & Demi Lashawn (MASD’16) & Merrell Hambleton (MASD’15)
2015: Cary Euwer & Merrell Hambleton (MASD’15)
2014: Vincent Purcell (MASD’14)
2013: Mira Azarm (MASD’13)
2012: Ben Peterson & Becky Slogeris (MASD’12)

MICA Leslie King Hammond Graduate Award
Denise Shanté Brown (MASD’17)

MICA Office of Community Engagement Grant
Kayla Ingram, Peggy Liao & Carly Wais (MASD’16)
Merrell Hambleton & Anna Spisak (MASD’15)
Anne Marie Jasinowski & Vincent Purcell (MASD’14)
Becky Slogeris (MASD'12)

MICA UP/Start Venture Competition (finalist)
Ashley Eberhart (MASD'18)
Diamond James (MASD'16)
Olivia Lindsey (MASD’16)

New Economy Maryland Fellowship
2014-15: Eva Fury, Emily Ianacone & Anna Spisak (MASD’15)

Open Society Institute-Baltimore Community Fellowship
Vincent Purcell (MASD’14)

Warnock Foundation Social Innovation Award
2018: Valeria Fuentes
2016: Demi Lashawn (MASD’16)
2015: Becky Slogeris (MASD’12)
2014: Vincent Purcell (MASD’14)

World Economic Forum - Global Shapers
Hannah Shaw (MASD'18)
María Isabel García Díaz (MASD’16)
Becky Slogeris (MASD’12)