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iHub By Jessica Colaço / December 10, 2011

Design for Social Innovation loves Africa


MFA Design for Social Innovation at School of Visual Arts in New York is looking for a diverse cohort of 25 students for its new two year program. And we want a few students from Africa. You can be a designer, or anyone who is a creative, visual thinker looking for deep experience and immersion and a path to a career as a leader in this exciting new field.

Our plan is to obtain funding for a scholarship for the perfect student or two.

To learn more about the program Fast Company called “An MFA for Designers Who Want to Change the World” watch this short film on the program:

The MFA in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts is geared toward designers looking for meaningful and engaging work through which they can make a significant contribution to society, as well as for graduates in other disciplines who want to learn to harness the power of design to create positive change and transformation.

Applicants from a variety of backgrounds, experience and interests are encouraged to apply, including fine arts; graphic, new media and product design; technology; business; science; engineering; social science and economics.

What you can do with it

Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in design firms and advertising agencies, in corporations in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), in non-profit organizations, or as social entrepreneurs. They will be skilled in the design of concepts, communities, organizational models, communication, information design, mapping and implementation.

The MFA in Social Innovation curriculum encompasses a broad range of issues including poverty, aging, women’s rights, food and agriculture, racism, environment, working conditions, fair trade, education, community development, justice, service delivery and health.

Areas of Focus:

  • Innovation Design
  • Communication Design/System Mapping
  • Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Community Engagement, Revitalization

For more information on how to apply for this, click here

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

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