Social Sciences

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Student in library stacks

Social Sciences for the purposes of this website is a very broad term used to describe any subject that might fall into this area. At art and design colleges, courses in social sciences are usually offered as minors to enhance and supplement a student’s art and design educational experience. The variety of these programs can range from studies in Aboriginal Culture to Urbanization.


Kansas City Art Institute

Kansas City, MO

Maryland Institute College of Art

Baltimore, MD

NSCAD University (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design)

Halifax, NS

OCAD University

Toronto, ON

Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, CA

Parsons School of Design

New York, NY

Pratt Institute

Brooklyn, NY

Ringling College of Art and Design

Sarasota, FL

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago, IL

The University of the Arts

Philadelphia, PA


Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Vancouver, BC

Pratt Institute

Brooklyn, NY

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, RI

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Credit: Image courtesy Art Center College of Design/Alex Aristei Credit: Image courtesy Art Center College of Design/Alex Aristei[/caption]The Art Center College of Design and the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee (PASAGMC) jointly announced the winning design concept for a new memorial whose planned dedication in 2015 will coincide with 100th anniversary commemorations of the Armenian Genocide. The concept by Catherine Menard (Art Center, Environmental Design, BFA '13) was developed in 2012 as part of the College’s social impact design program, Designmatters

Catherine Menard | Pasadena Genocide Memorial Competition Winner

“This was a competitive process, and we considered a number of very fine proposals,” says Committee Chair William M. Paparian, Esq., an attorney and former Mayor of Pasadena. “But our final decision was unanimous. We were deeply impressed by Catherine, who developed and presented an emotionally compelling design for a historical event that she initially knew nothing about. We hope that this memorial will inspire a similar emotional connection in those who encounter it, for generations to come.”