Make Change Studios

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Don’t just learn, make change happen!

Make Change Studio is a highly collaborative, 4-course experience that can be taken as a series or individually. Design, business, engineering, marketing and other interdisciplinary students who are interested in entrepreneurship, social change and sustainability work collaboratively

This year, the program will focus on the wicked problems of fast fashion. You will gain a greater understanding for design thinking and the MVP (Minimum Viable Product) and go on to launch your own venture, with a solution centered around tackling sustainability through a deep dive into the waste and lifecycles of textiles.

Along the way mentors and industry professionals, including Drummond Lawson (multidisciplinary masters degree from Cambridge examining the strategic responses to the major social and environmental challenges facing the business community and civil society), Chief of Staff and Director of Sustainability at Arc’teryx, and Alex Warburton pioneer pro snowboarder turned international design guru will guide you. You will work together to find sustainable solutions to real-world problems and implement them in real time.

Students who apply should hear back about their application shortly, and once accepted will be manually added into the course on go.sfu by an advisor.

Experiential hands on learning

The experience comprises four courses:

(1) IAT330 (Fall) introduces you to the wicked problem of textile sustainability and touches on themes including design iteration and business essentials.

(2) BUS 339 (Spring) centers around the design process and the Minimum Viable Product.

(3 & 4) IAT440 and BUS476 (Summer) transforms spring projects from ideas into actual businesses. The course culminates in students launching their sustainably designed ventures.