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					Sustainable Design Online
Preserve our world — and your competitive edge.
MCAD Continuing Studies

MCAD’s Mission. The Minneapolis College of Art and Design educates individuals to be professional artists and designers, effective leaders, and active citizens and, through this work and other activities, advances the cultural life of its community. Non-Discrimination Policy MCAD admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs and other school administered programs. Web Resources: | O2 | | GreenBlue | | MN Office of Envir. Assistance | Credits: MCAD DesignWorks Design: Matt Lunneborg & Peter Tressler Typeface: SpektroGothic Regular, Regular Italic, Extra Bold & Underline Cover: Neenah Environment 80# PC100 Natural 100% Post-Consumer Waste Gutt: Neenah Environment 24#T Ultra-Bright White, 100% Post-Consumer Waste Inks: 613 U & Black Program Directors: Continuing Studies: Brenda Grachek Distance Learning: Rebecca Alm MCAD’s Continuing Studies program advances the College’s mission to the larger community. Through a diverse range of classes, workshops, lecture series and special events, Continuing Studies offers creative explor-ation and technical training in the visual arts to the general public.

2501 Stevens Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404 phone (612) 874-3700 fax (612) 874-3704 tdd (612) 874-3800

Sustainable Design Online
Letter from Sustainable Design Faculty: Someone once said that if we do not change the direction we are going, we are likely to end up precisely where we are headed. This simple phrase helps guide my approach to sustainability. The issues surrounding the topic of sustainability are complex and can seem overwhelming, and yet all that is required are some simple, if fundamental, course corrections to avoid certain disaster. Not really so difficult once you start. MCAD is instituting the Sustainable Design Online certificate program at a time when business is starting to incorporate sustainable and triple bottom line accounting principles into its modes of operation. Companies are being asked by shareholders and stakeholders to produce corporate responsibility and sustainability reports with substance. Sustainability is a word at least recognized, if not fully understood, in boardrooms around the world. It is becoming accepted that long-term economic viability involves “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” [1987 report of the World Commission on Environment and Development, Our Common Future]. Few designers, producers or purchasers of design today are equipped with the information or skills they need to meet the challenge of sustainability, yet design is a powerful tool that will help shape our future. In the creative industries, the choices we make and practices we engage in have a significant impact on the rest of the society and the planet. It is important that we demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, both to serve our clients and our companies effectively and to continue to improve our craft. The challenge—and the promise—of sustainable design is not necessarily to made do with less but to design better. Sustainable design is a more evolved approach in which the entire life cycle of an object or a process is considered from cradle-tocradle, where everything is part of a larger, interconnect system, where we learn from the creativity of nature itself. In the new sustainable economy, designers will be engaged to reconceive, redesign and innovate nearly every element of everyday life. It really is an exciting time to be a part of design. The Sustainable Design Online program is designed to help create the next generation of business and design leaders, while advancing design’s best business practices. The courses strike a balance between the theories of sustainability and practical application with a focus on design that only a school of MCAD’s caliber can offer. Though sustainability as a practice will continue to evolve, this design program establishes sound fundamentals that endow students with the skills they will need to navigate this changing landscape while preparing them to implement what they have learned immediately. Sustainability can be learned and it can be practiced. All it takes is a step in the right direction. Holly Robbins Senior Art Director, Target Adjunct Faculty, Sustainable Design Online Certificate Program Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Why Should I Study Sustainable Design Online?
Earning a certificate in Sustainable Design is ideal for those needing academic and/or professional credit. The Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance and the O2 Global Green Design Network endorse our courses and this certificate. The courses in the program represent a wide range of personal, professional and business approaches to the practice of sustainability, preparing you for an ever-globalizing, ever-greening marketplace. Study online and interact with professionals from diverse sectors of the design, business and government communities — as well as educators, students, buyers of design and sustainability activists. The instructors in this program are key practitioners and knowledgeable advocates of sustainability in government, industry and design.

Can I Take Just One Course?
Students may enroll in individual courses for college credit or non-credit but to qualify for the certificate, they must register for the certificate program and take all courses for credit. Visit to register for individual courses. You do not need to fill out the application form to enroll in individual courses.

How Long Do I Have to Complete the Certificate?
The certificate must be completed within three years of application/registration. National and international students are welcome; all courses are taught in English. Students who take Sustainable Design Online certificate courses with the intention of becoming Sustainable Design Online certificate candidates at a later date have a one-year grace period in which to declare candidacy and include courses taken prior to declaration.

Over 40% of the total U.S. municipal waste composition by substrate is paper products and wood.

Can I Learn About Sustainability in the Brickand-Mortar MCAD?
Lectures, film viewings and other events held on the MCAD campus will act as a connecting point for the local Sustainable/Green community. Joint MCAD, BS:Vis Club, ISDA, IEEE and MCAD Green Club events and sponsorship are venues for distributing information about the Online Sustainable Design Certificate.

What is the Certificate Framework?
A total of 18 credits are required (13 credits of required courses and 5 credits of electives and other topics). Each semester, including summer, a variety of oneand three-credit online courses will be offered. Successful completion (a grade of C or above) of 18 credits is required for completion of the online certificate. All coursework for the certificate must be completed in three years from the date of application for the certificate program.

It takes 95% less energy to make a recycled can from recycled cans than from new aluminum.

Please complete this form and return it with a $25 application fee to: Online Certificate in Sustainable Design Continuing Studies Minneapolis College of Art and Design 2501 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Contact: Office of Continuing Studies (t) (612) 874-3765 (e)

Form also available online:

Application for the Sustainable Design Online Certificate
MCAD Continuing Studies Certificate Program

To register: visit for either individual courses or the Certificate Program. Note: This application is not required for enrollment in individual courses.

Last Name

First Name

Middle Initial

Former Name (if applicable)


Social Security Number

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Zip Code

Home Phone

Other Phone

E-Mail Address

I. Program Status

II. Educational Background

Please check one:

1. I am declaring my candidacy now and have not taken previous certificate courses.

Please indicate total number of years of education completed:

Please complete this form and return it with a $25 application fee to: Online Certificate in Sustainable Design Continuing Studies Minneapolis College of Art and Design 2501 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404

2. I am declaring my candidacy now and am currently enrolled in and/or have completed the following certificate courses for credit.

Institution Degree | Date Received

IV. Reasons for Seeking a Certificate at MCAD
In a short paragraph: Please indicate your reasons for seeking an MCAD certificate.

Employed full-time Not currently employed


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V. Application fee payment option ($25 nonrefundable)
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The next three years? No career change

The next year?

The next two years?

Money Order (made payable to MCAD

Sustainable Design Online
Preserve our world — and your competitive edge.

What are the Technical Requirements to Study Sustainable Design Online?
•Working knowledge of the Internet (linking, searching, e-mailing, etc.). •Up-to-date Macintosh or IBM-compatible PC computer with Java support installed. •56K modem or high-speed Internet access (recommended). •Minimum 64 MB of RAM. More is better. •1 GB of free disk storage recommended. •Some courses have more specific requirements. •for more information:

What are the Required Courses for the Certificate?
Elements of Sustainability: A Foundation (1 credit) Sustainability or Else Framing the Big Picture: Systems Thinking & Life Cycle Analysis Innovation and Sustainability Making the Business Case or Green Design Tools (LCA)
(3 credit)

(3 credit) (3 credit)

(3 credit)

What Other Topics and Electives are Offered?
Green Packaging Graphic Design for the 21st Century: As If Life Matters Product Design: Natural Inspiration Moving Beyond Recycling Packaging Quick Fix Green Living/Eco Footprints Green Marketing Making Sustainability Visible

Topics: one-credit electives feature current hot topics in sustainable design led by experts/ leaders in their fields. Timely and domain specific, these courses may also be taken as stand-alone refresher courses for professionals in industry and government who are not working toward a certificate.

Electives: three-credit courses that provide in depth and sustained investigation into focused topic areas. Students are able to establish teams and share expertise with other students coming from a variety of backgrounds and skills in these semester-long courses.

Nearly 30% of U.S. municipal waste is packaging.


Packaging Design

Industrial Design

Product Design


Printing Production

Systems Design

Graphic Design


Still Have Questions?
Please contact the Office of Continuing Studies at: or (612) 874-3765 You can also visit for additional information.

Over 10% of the waste collected in the U.S. is food.

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