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Impact! Strategies for creative intervention

Dates: June 26-30, 2017
Tuition: $1,000
1 undergraduate studio credit 

While the road to social change is paved with good ideas and good intentions this does not mean these concepts ever reach their full potential. For an idea to be sustainable it needs to be more than a good idea, it needs to be built on a solid strategic foundation. Many design, communication and architecture professionals have turned their efforts to projects geared toward positive community impact. Some take an entrepreneurial approach and others weave a social agenda into their overall practice.

This workshop will focus on three critical areas: ecosystem mapping, creative sessions and prototyping. Students will develop the strategic foundation for a socially minded, design-driven project and leave with an understanding of the steps needed to make it a reality.

Ecosystem mapping will explore all the elements of a system to gain an understanding of where and how to intervene for positive change. Creative sessions will help to develop best practices in forming well-articulated key questions for guiding inquiry, along with designing effective ideation sessions. Participants will then render quick, rough prototypes. This critical process allows designers to fail early and often so that precious resources can be used more productively in future project iterations.

To get the most out of the session, participants should arrive with a project concept to build upon—real or conceptual. An assignment, with guidance, will be distributed a month before the start of the program to prepare students in advance.

Impact! faculty and guest lecturers have included: John Bruce, John Carlin, Allan Chochinov, Shana Dressler, Robert Fabricant, Lara Galinsky, Christine Gaspar, David Gibson, Milton Glaser, Scott Harrison, Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo, Panthea Lee, Giuseppe Lignano, Bob McKinnon, Mark Randall, Jason Rzepka, Ed Schlossberg, Cameron Tonkinwise, Ada Tolla and Katrin Verclas. 

PREREQUISITES: Participants must have completed at minimum their junior year of a college or university design program, or be an established creative professional and must be fluent in design, with a demonstrated talent in a design discipline; graphic, industrial, fashion, interactive, etc.

NOTE: A portfolio is required for review and acceptance to this program.

More information about this program available at http://impact.sva.edu/

For further information or questions regarding SVA's Summer Residencies e-mail [email protected] or call 212.592.2188.

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