There are Many Paths to Sustainability

About the MA Program


Ready to create impact — in sustainable design? We’re offering three sustainability-focused courses. One this summer and two for the Fall.

If you’re considering joining our fully online MA in Sustainable Design program, this it is a good chance to engage with us and see what it’s like to learn online.  If not, it’s a wonderful way to learn more about sustainability!

Summer 2022

Designing Behavioral Change for Sustainability

Course Description

For societies to reach a sustainable future, individuals will need to adjust their behavior to meet the challenge. This course examines the leverage points that can be used to trigger desired changes in behavior. 

Using design thinking, behavior design, persuasive design, and tactics for effective communication, explore how to identify resistance factors and motivators for change in order to design inspiring experiences that truly trigger action.

This is a 4-week no-credit course. Class starts July 22.

Fall 2022

Systems Thinking

Course Description

This course provides students with the tools required to succeed in today’s dynamic market and a world of uncertainty.

We are transitioning from the age of design for the part to the age of design for the whole. Systems thinking, languages of design, and product life cycles are integrated and they form the solid foundation for innovative products. Actionable theory is absorbed through market­-specific projects.

This is a graduate level class and is part of MCAD’s Master of Arts in Sustainable Design.

Class starts Monday, August 29, 2022-Friday, December 16 2022

Visual Communication for Sustainability

Course Description

In this course students learn about the growing field of information design and critically evaluate how it relates to communicating sustainability.

We are increasingly surrounded by data, and information is collected and categorized in the smallest of increments. Data on sustainability is no exception. How do we use and present data in a way that is relevant for consumers? Customized project-based assignments take students deeper into real-life situations. 

This is a graduate level class and is part of MCAD’s Master of Arts in Sustainable Design.

Class starts Monday, August 29, 2022-Friday, December 16 2022


While you’re there, check out the (fully online) Sustainable Design courses we’re offering this fall!

If you have questions about the MA in Sustainable Design program, feel free to email me. Applications for Fall 2022 are due June 1.

Image Source: Linus Nylund, Unsplash

Dawn Keene / Director

Dawn Keene is the president of Studio Change, a company offering sustainability consulting services. Prior to Studio Change, Dawn has served as president of Keene Design, Inc. an award-winning Atlanta-based firm specializing in graphic design for over a decade.

Her previous affiliations have included High-Performance Healthy Schools Committee for USGBC Atlanta (United States Green Building Council), serving as the membership chair and on the sustainability committee for AIGA Atlanta (American Institute of Graphic Arts AIGA.) Her work has been featured on Sustainable Brands and published in Graphic Design U.S.A. In addition, she has participated in panel discussions on various topics such as environmental design and community outreach.

Her life mission is to empower communities and individuals to take positive action towards building a more sustainable future through education and community outreach. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Georgia State University and graduated from MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design program in 2013.