Illustrating Ideas

Artists, designers, and non-artists alike utilize the "napkin sketch"—simple drawings that capture the essence of an idea, illustrate a prototype, or sell a client on the value of your services. This kind of drawing can also facilitate brainstorming, idea creation, and problem-solving both alone or in a collaborative environment. This course will teach students a simple but structured methodology to create simple visual aids, with an eye towards use in entrepreneurial or professional settings. The class will explore how to make a sketch that’s worth a thousand words. / Open to students ages 16 and above. / View complete policies here.

How does an online course work at MCAD?
Most online courses are asynchronous, meaning that there are no set class meeting times. Instead, courses are project-based, with 2 to 3 deadlines per week, and students can choose a time and place that works best for them to complete the work. Course activities may include readings; video demonstrations and tutorials; online discussions; projects; and critiques. The workload of a 1 credit course is roughly 8-10 hours per week, whether the course is being taken for credit or noncredit.

Required textbook: The Back of the Napkin (Expanded Edition), Dan Roam, (ISBN 13: 978-1591842699)

Required software: A way to record audio; a scanner or digital camera.

Register Before: April 3
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.
Class Savings
Register on or before January 18 and save $25 off your order total.
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
Additional savings. Are you eligible?
Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.


Course Details

2D 3206 20 SP19
Date Start: 
Monday, April 8, 2019
Date End: 
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 16 and above
Days of Week: 
Online - Asynchronous
Drawing and Painting
Illustration and Comic Art
Online Classes