Design is a fundamentally mutable practice, responsive to the world’s changing hows, whats, whys, and wheres.

Engaging as a designer in this way, however, requires a companion discipline of Design Research in order to understand emerging subjects both conceptually and practically, and to build frameworks for their relationship with design.

MDP places this form of research at the center of its culture, and it is manifest in several specific programs: Curricular Studio Projects, Working Groups, and Summer Research.

Working Groups

Working Groups are a research initiative. These are thinking-and-doing spaces which nurture and introduce emergent topics that are an essential part of MDP’s approach.

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Summer Research

Our students come to us from the worlds of interaction design, product design, fine arts, film, liberal arts, computer science, architecture, engineering, and more.

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Our graduates have the agility and skills to bring design to diverse situations. Learn what they are up to now.

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Graduate Center for Critical Practice

Graduate Center for Critical Practice is an initiative of Graduate Art and Graduate Media Design Practices (MDP) at ArtCenter College of Design. The Wind Tunnel, situated between these two programs in a former supersonic jet testing facility on Art Center’s south campus, is a forum for speakers, conferences, exhibitions, residencies, screenings, and publications.

All events are free and open to the public. All events will be held in the Wind Tunnel Gallery, 950 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103. Enter through the Hixon Courtyard on Raymond Avenue. Parking is free.