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ATLS 3519: Design for Change

Course Description

This course explores how visual communication can be used to engage current issues and inspire positive change.

The course will cover: how to make work more personal and more powerful, how to move and motivate people in several mediums, the gap between what’s intended and what’s received, how to present work and positively critique the work of others, how to change people’s minds and move them to action, and how to collaborate. We will focus on subjects that affect our lives—such as corporate impact on the physical environment and the human psyche, issues of economic fairness, gender, food, voting, animal rights, etc.

Course Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will:

Critical Thinking & Theory / History:
  • Learn key concepts of social movements
  • Interact with their community to identify points of intervention and solutions
  • Display knowledge of a range of examples of communication interventions for social change
  • Write briefs and creative strategies
  • Demonstrate the power of design in tackling societal challenges through design thinking and problem-solving
  • Create meaningful programs of engagement, events, storytelling, and open dialogs
  • Learn industry-standard layout tools for layout
  • Explore rapid prototyping techniques
  • Utilize online portfolio platforms (Wordpress, Tumblr, Medium, Squarespace)

Credit Hours

  • 3 hours


  • None