Center for Social Design

Practice-based Studios

Practice-based Studios bring together teams of MICA graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines to work in collaboration with outside partners and address complex social problems over the course of a 16-week, 3 credit course.

To date, we’ve brought together more than 200 students across 12 disciplines at MICA to collaborate with outside partners on more than 50 projects dealing with issues from affordable housing to HIV/AIDS prevention to disaster preparedness.

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Case Studies

From Ideas to Action

From activating Baltimore City homeowners to install and maintain rain gardens for the benefit of wildlife, water, and community; to working to increase HIV testing in Baltimore City, MICA's Center for Social Design is leading change through human-centered design and a focus on equity and social justice. Take a look at some of our recent projects.