As an MA graduate you are highly sought after for your skills, discipline, experience, and ability to make positive change in the world.

Sustainable designers seek to reduce negative impacts on the environment and improve the health and well-being of people now and in the future. This may be through educating the public, providing people with green products and services, or consulting with businesses to develop sustainability strategies and share their sustainability stories.

Over 93% of MCAD alumni are working and more than half (57.1%) are working in their field.*


Potential Careers

Sustainable Graphic Designer

By leveraging their visual communications and infographic skills, graphic designers with a sustainability focus help boutique firms and Fortune 500 companies alike to share their sustainability stories through compelling and easy-to-understand graphics. Meet Arlene Birt ’02, MA, who has made a career out of sharing sustainability "background stories" for companies and Craig Johnson ’14, MA, who launched his own sustainability-focused graphic design firm.

Sustainable Product Designer

Industrial designers that have a sustainability focus to their projects, work to solve design challenges throughout the entire life cycle of a product’s life cycle, from materials sourcing to manufacture and distribution, to use and end-of-life. Students in this program have represented companies including Nike, Fender Guitar, Fox Racing, Yakima Racks, Target, and more.

Eco-Fashion Designer

Similar to sustainable product designers, eco-fashion and -jewelry designers are concerned about the social and environmental impacts of their work. Meet entrepreneur and jewelry designer Susan Crow ’09, MA, who launched her own eco-lux jewelry business.

EcoGreen Packaging Designer

Packaging designers with a sustainability focus help companies make ecologically conscious choices during the design phase of packaging production and to develop packaging options that are both environmentally friendly and cost effective. Meet Certified Packaging Professional Wendy Jedlicka who is a founding faculty member of MCAD's MA program.

Green Business Marketer

Provides industry professionals with practical strategic marketing advice on how to build green brands and motivate mass-market adoption of sustainable products and services. Meet Holly Robbins, founding faculty member of MCAD's MA program, who is partner and creative director of a successful green marketing concern.

Green Building and Construction Designers Professional

Sustainable design professionals from the building, construction, and urban planning fields—including architects, landscapers, and interior designers—are part of a growing effort to improve the health, safety, and environmental impacts of the spaces where we live, work, and play. Meet sustainable design alumni who have gone on to become an architect and an interior designer.

Sustainability-Focused Engineer

Engineers are concerned with how things work rather than how things look. Sustainability-focused engineers take things a step further to consider the environmental impact and resource efficiency of the things that they build. Meet sustainability-focused mechanical engineers and MA faculty Jeremy Faludi and Curt McNamara.


*Based on the 2019/20 MCAD Alumni Survey. Includes graduates from 1990–2019 reporting full-time, part-time, and freelance/self employment.

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