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Austin Center for Design

Austin Center for Design exists to transform society through design and design education. This transformation occurs through the development of design knowledge directed towards all forms of social and humanitarian problems.

1 Year Course in Interaction Design & Social Entrepreneurship

We offer a one year course—held at nights and on weekends in Austin, Texas—that emphasizes creative problem solving in the context of social issues, like poverty and nutrition. Students learn about human behavior, humanizing technology, and business strategy. The program is ideal for designers, business/marketing professionals, artists, and technologists with several years of experience. We also encourage more established professionals who are looking to change the trajectory of their careers to apply.

Learn more about our 1-year course here »

Explore our Resource Library

We've made available dozens of lectures, readings, and worksheets from our curriculum - for free!

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AC4D's 2014-2015 Speaker Series

Join leaders in design, business and technology as they host talks and workshops focused on leveraging design in a strategic, thoughtful manner.

Learn more about the speaker series here »

Wicked Problems: Problems Worth Solving

AC4D published a book called Wicked Problems: Problems Worth Solving. It's a handbook for becoming a social entrepreneur.

You can read it for free, online!





Meet Our Students

Alex Wykoff

I make a living by breaking software and testing assumptions about user behavior. After 6 years, I have seen what a difference good design can make on the implementation and outcome of features. Aside from my technical background, I also have a passion for education. Coming from a family of educators, I've witnessed the difference a passionate teacher can make on an individual, classroom, and community. Before my career in software development, I was also preschool teacher in Seoul, South Ko... Keep Reading »

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