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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.

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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 Social Innovation and Design Education
2013-2014 Speaker Series

Join leaders in design, business and education as they host talks and invite conversation on business and design, how to rethink policy, and the changing notion of traditional education.

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Meet Our Students

Jacob Rader

My name is Jacob Rader and I’m a design engineer currently living in Austin, TX. Four years ago I followed a girl to Austin from Tucson where I had gotten my formal education in mechanical engineering and mathematics. While in Austin I’ve spent my time working a wide range of jobs, being exposed to a variety of engineers, craftsmen, artists, and designers. About a year and a half ago I became dissatisfied with my current job arc, mainly the prospect of spending the next fifty years b... Keep Reading »

From Our Blog

Coda: Inner Circle Part 1

I’ve always been interested in childbirth- fascinated, because it’s amazing. And then petrified, because everything I’ve ever seen or heard about it is so scary; why is that? It’s a process our bodies are designed for. When my team was looking for topics to research, we came across an article in the NYT detailing some pretty staggering statistics on birth in the US. One in three births results in a C-Section. The US is one of the most expensive places…
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