Sustainable Design Online

Organizations of all types have embraced sustainable design practices: they're good for the environment, and they're good business. From enterprising startups to Fortune 500 stalwarts, businesses have discovered how critical sustainability practices are to be competitive in today's global economy.

MCAD's online certificate in sustainable design offers a great way to gain in-depth, actionable knowledge that keeps you and your organization at the forefront of this expanding field. Courses are applicable for anyone involved in graphic, packaging, and product design, including designers, brand managers, product planners, buyers, and executives.

Take single workshops to update your skills or dive in and take all 18 credits you need to earn the certificate in sustainable design. Courses cover all aspects of sustainable design—theory, tools, and techniques. It's what you need to stay in the game. And because it's all online, you can easily fit the classes into your schedule.

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In this course students learn how to abstract functional strategies from nature to apply to the process of innovative design. This project-oriented studio course covers core biological principles, astounds students with the wealth of design solutions available in nature, and provides numerous case studies of innovative designs inspired by natural models. Overall, this course provides powerful metaphors and methods for looking to nature as model, mentor, and measure in our designs. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Online - Asynchronous
Jun 1 - Aug 7
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Designers, brand leaders, and manufacturers can play a powerful role in effecting change on both local and global levels. Design roles shift when we view design as a tool or opportunity to enrich and add value to people's lives. Designers can use their communication skills and talents not only to create or sell products but also to educate, engage, and inform society through design.

Jun 1 - Aug 7
Online - Asynchronous
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Innovation is applied creativity. Designers need to know personal practice, innovation techniques, and how to implement their ideas. This course teaches all three techniques through a combination of reflection, focused exercise, and the creation of plans. Each week, students learn one technique for idea generation along with one technique for sustainable innovation.

Online - Asynchronous
Aug 24 - Dec 11
Online - Asynchronous
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In this course students learn how to abstract functional strategies from nature to apply to the process of innovative design. This project-oriented studio course covers core biological principles, astounds students with the wealth of design solutions available in nature, and provides numerous case studies of innovative designs inspired by natural models. Overall, this course provides powerful metaphors and methods for looking to nature as model, mentor, and measure in our designs.

Online - Asynchronous
Jun 1 - Aug 7
Online - Asynchronous
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Register soon. Only 6 spots remain.

In this foundational course students are introduced to hands-on and holistic approaches to sustainability. This course covers current sustainability frameworks, principles, and materials assessments, as well as the history and logic behind them, providing students with useful research tools to apply to the ever-changing demands of sustainable design, business, development, and policy-making. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Online - Asynchronous
Aug 24 - Dec 11
Online - Asynchronous
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