Collaborative Product Design (Fall 2014)

Sustainable Design Online

How do we design real products for real companies, benefiting customers, the companies themselves, and the rest of the world? And how do we know they are better? This studio class provides tools for sustainable design innovation and metrics to measure success.

Students will use creative and analytical skills, generating new ideas and 3D CAD renderings and evaluating designs with screening-level life-cycle assessments and two eco-labeling systems (Cradle to Cradle and EPEAT). Green innovation tools taught will include systems thinking, energy effectiveness, lightweighting, design for lifetime (repair, recycling, etc.), material choice, biomimicry, and persuasive design.

Some assignments will be individual and theoretical, but the bulk of the class will be spent working in groups, using tools such as message boards and screen-sharing video chats. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Prerequisites: Students must receive prior authorization before registering for this class. To request authorization to register, contact​.

Required Software: SustainableMinds online LCA software subscription. A digital imaging program for image creation and photo manipulation (e.g. Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, MS Office or Apple iWork, Adobe PDF Maker). A page layout program for creation of mixed graphics and text documents (e.g. Adobe Indesign, QuarkXpress, MS Word, PS Powerpoint, Apple iWork, Apple Keynote).

Strongly Suggested: 3D CAD program for creation of product design mockups (e.g. SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor, Pro Engineer, Rhino, 3D Studio Max).

Required Textbook: Design & Environment, Lewis, et al. (ISBN: 978-1874719434).

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 7630
Dates: Sep. 2 – Dec. 19
Online - Asynchronous
Online - Asynchronous
Leyla Acaroglu / Jeremy Faludi
Online - Asynchronous
Non-Credit Tuition: $1470.00
3 Credit Tuition: $3042.00

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