Systems Thinking (Fall 2014)

All Online Adult Art and Design Classes

We are transitioning from the age of design for the part to the age of design for the whole. This class provides students with the tools required to succeed in today's dynamic market and a world of uncertainty.

Systems thinking, languages of design, and product life cycles are integrated and they form the solid foundation for innovative products. Actionable theory is absorbed through market specific projects. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Required Textbooks: Nexus, Buchanan (ISBN: 0393324427); Cradle To Cradle, McDonough (ISBN: 0865475873); Thinking In Systems, Meadows (ISBN 1603580557), Design By Nature, Macnab (ISBN: 0321747763). 

Strongly Suggested: The Way Life Works, Hoagland (ISBN: 0812928881).

Online Learning classes are not eligible for the early registration or multiple class discounts.

MCAD also offers a master of arts in Sustainable Design degree geared towards busy working professionals who want to change the world for the better. Learn more today.


Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

Course Number: SD 6510
Dates: Sep. 2 – Dec. 19
Online - Asynchronous
Online - Asynchronous
Curt McNamara
Online - Asynchronous
Non-Credit Tuition: $1470.00
3 Credit Tuition: $3042.00

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