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Creative collaborations to design the future. Apply for Fall 2023. DSI SVA NYC MFA Design For Social Innovation.

DSI is evolving
as the world evolves.

(and our website is evolving too)

DSI is a graduate social design program asking:

  • How can design offer pathways that shift us towards healthy, equitable systems?
  • What conditions and collaborations enable communities, systems, and nature to thrive?
  • How can social design increase care and our capacity
    for change?

Social design
works with communities, organizations, governments, businesses, and the planet through:

Strengthening Relationships + Care

Advocating for health, equity, anti-discrimination, justice, joy, and healing, Supporting shared values and interdependence, and honoring nature’s wisdom.
Design asks questions over solving problems, with care.


Collaborating with communities, advocating for mutual benefit and abundance. Centering lived experience, while reducing harm.
Design can shift power, while building leadership and creatively responding.

Embracing Complexities

Breaking from things that no longer serve us. Recognizing the continuum and pluralities, and making the invisible visible.
Design supports new thinking over new things to imagine possibility and lead with vision.


MFA Design For Social Innovation
In Person Open House 2022

Friday, November 18, 5 - 8 pm EST - New Date!

Join us at our DSI studio in New York City to learn about the exciting work our global students, alums, and faculty are doing in social design – and see what an MFA in social design will do for you. We want to meet you!


DSI Open House 2022 - Fri, Nov 18

Designer In Residence

Karen Proctor, Improv Lab Fall design residency

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Welcome our amazing Fall Faculty members

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“How might we motivate the emergence of more sustainable coffee shops in New York City
by co-creating appropriate eco-friendly criteria and incentives?” Kehan Zhang (DSI MFA ’22)

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