Learn practical skills to make products and services that help people.
« »

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!

Check out our resource library 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

Misty Nickle

Misty Nickle

Misty has always been fascinated with understanding people and earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, at the University of Washington. She worked as a Project Manager for many years, happiest when she could be the liaison between management and design work. Her passion has always been sharing & creating experiences for people. This passion led her to work with the Iron Monkey Arts metalworking collective for six years, assisting with all aspects of the creative process on projects ... Keep Reading »

From Our Blog

AC4D 2015 Alumni Success Report

We track success of our alumni based on autonomy: we hope our graduates are doing what they want to do, and have gained the skills, attitude, and network to attain their dreams. We’ve just completed our 2015 Alumni Success Report, and you can view the results here. Some of the report highlights include: 87.5% of our alumni are professionally employed in design related careers 34 of our alumni are working in salaried positions; of these salaried alumni, the mean salary…
Continue reading this post »