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Innovation Tools & Techniques

Curt McNamara is an experienced engineer, biomimicry educator and Buckminster Fuller scholar. We recently caught up with him to discuss his fully online course devoted to the subject of innovation called Innovation Tools and Techniques. This is a 15-week course that is a core part of MCAD’s Sustainable Design Program and will be offered in


Way to Go, MASD Graduates!

A big congratulations to our newest MASD alumni, who will officially graduate in December. We couldn’t be more proud of you and your innovative, sustainability-focused work! You are unique and brilliant. Good luck with your careers as sustainability professionals. Completed Summer 2015: Deann Garcia’s thesis was titled, “Sustainable Production and Design of Cycling Lifestyle Apparel


Online Biomimicry Course

Last week (!!!) to register for our 10-week, fully online summer course, Introduction to Biomimicry. It will be taught by new MASD faculty, Tim McGee, co-founder of LikoLab. Course description 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


Fall 2015 Application Deadline: June 1

Peeps! Are you planning on applying for admission to MCAD’s Master of Arts in Sustainable Design program for Fall 2015? If so, get those apps in! Deadline to apply for Fall is June 1, 2015. Learn more about the program Pre-register for the next monthly informational webinar about our fully online MASD program to be


FREE Online Biomimicry Course!

We are proud to announce that MCAD is partnering with to offer a FREE, open online course for the first time entitled, Biomimicry: A Sustainable Design Methodology. This course will be a fun introduction to biomimicry, a sustainability framework where we learn from nature’s best design ideas to help us solve human design challenges.


Making the Business Case for Sustainability

Wendy Jedlička (CPP, MIM) is a front-line sustainable packaging designer. We recently caught up with her to discuss her fully online course devoted to the subject, Making the Business Case for Sustainability. SDO: What is your class about and who is it for? Wendy: The class is about diving into the innovation advantages business schools

MASD Apply Now

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  Want to join the MASD program? We are currently accepting applications from prospective students for this 100% online program devoted to sustainability-focused design. Deadline to apply for Spring 2015 entrance is November 1, 2014. Spring semester begins January 20, 2015. Contact us Contact sustainable_design[at] for more information.   Learn more Cindy Gilbert from MCAD

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MASD Webinar: October 21 @7pm CT

Hear ye, hear ye… Join Cindy Gilbert, director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design Program, for a 1-hr informational webinar about the fully online Master of Arts in Sustainable Design degree offered by MCAD. Webinar is scheduled for October 21 @7pm CT. Cindy promises to field all questions at that time! Just try to stump her Sign



NEW!!! Spring 2015 entrance. Deadline to apply: November 1, 2014. Join an upcoming webinar to learn more. Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is pushing the design envelope with their new Master of Arts in Sustainable Design—an interdisciplinary, studio design-oriented degree that is also offered completely online. The Designers Accord talks to Director (and


It’s the Little Things

It’s the Little Things is the third animation in the award winning Secret Life of Things series created by Leyla Acaroglu and her team. It tells the stories of everyday objects, and how they can inadvertently be misused and neglected, as well as shining a light on ways in which we can all help to