Design for Social Impact, BFA


Design has the power to not only bring solutions to societal issues but also to activate a desire in others to implement those solutions. Design for Social Impact is the first of its kind for most undergraduate colleges in the U.S. Our process is hands-on and collaborative, based on creating positive social change. It prepares us to become leaders of social change through strategic design thinking, creative placemaking, organizational learning, and active community engagement.

The BFA in Design for Social Impact prepares students to synthesize various aspects of design to plan, design, and manage spaces in such a way to not only improve the quality of life for those individuals within those spaces, but also to empower such communities through involvement in the design process itself. We focus on real problems working alongside real people, giving you the experience you need to compete in the field of design.

Program Offerings
Bachelor of Fine Art in Design for Social Impact
Minor in Design for Social Impact
Certificate in Design Thinking




The world of Design is vast and changing at rapid speeds! Never before has there been such a desire and need for both quality design and designers to enter the market place. As a Design for Social Impact Major your portfolio, experience, and know-how will land you into professional careers such as:


Interior Designer
Social Innovator
City Planner

Design Thinker
Grant Writer
Sustainable Designer

Professional Experience

Along with amazing facilities to help foster your growth as an emerging designer, we also provide access to AIGA, the Professional Association of Design. AIGA is the oldest governing body of professional design standards in America. Our intensely active student group prepares professional studio visits, workshops, travel experiences, and professional networking opportunities. Visit the AIGA website to learn more, and follow us on Facebook!

Lastly, to be fully prepared we recommend and help place our students into both service oriented and professional internships. These typically take place during the Junior and Senior year! Take a look here to learn more!

We want to learn more about you and your desire to become an amazing designer. Our faculty are here to meet with you and help direct your learning and studio practice to become aligned with your deepest passions and calling. To learn more about us feel free to reach out to any of our amazing faculty!

Wendy Puffer,  MFA

Wendy Puffer, MFA

Herb Vincent Peterson,  MFA

Herb Vincent Peterson, MFA

Luke Anspach,  BS

Luke Anspach, BS

Michelle Doyle,  MArch

Michelle Doyle, MArch

Carl Rudy,  MFA

Carl Rudy, MFA