Systems Thinking (online) | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Systems Thinking (online)

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.

This course provides students with the tools required to succeed in today's dynamic market and a world of uncertainty. Actionable theory is absorbed through market-specific projects. / This course is a graduate level course and is part of the Master of Arts in Sustainable Design program.

Open to students ages 18 and above. Review complete policies, including class cancellation policies before completing your registration.

Class meeting details

This online course is asynchronous, meaning that there are no set class meeting times. Instead, the course is 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.

Required materials

A computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access.

Class resources
This class uses Canvas, MCAD's learning management system. Please see the link for more information.

See for a list of required textbooks.

Class savings

Register on or before May 13 and save $25.
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
This class does not qualify for the $25 tuition waiver or the alumni discounts.
Additional savings. Are you eligible?


Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.


Non-credit Tuition
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    Open to students ages 18 and above.
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    Fall 2024
  • Instructor: Howard Silverman
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    SD 6510 20 FA24