Art Educator Workshop: Product Design for Educators

In this workshop geared towards educators, participants will learn interactive product design skills and how they are applied in the commercial world. The goal of this course is to bring together form and function to learn and create 2D and 3D products that are designed by creatively combining materials and digital media. The course will begin with research, ideation, and learning about the product design and development process. Prototyping categories will be explored, many inspired by IDEO and other industry leaders.  Educators will learn about branding and marketing variables that impact products, and how skillfully designed visual images and products succeed in the marketplace. Participants may work individually, or collaboratively in teams on products that are of interest to them, drawing from a wide range of categories such as household, toys, personal, office, and more. Participants will make a pitch for their newly created product, and feedback will be given to individuals and teams on their overall process. The workshop will have a Design Thinking and sustainability focus and the participants will work collaboratively. Throughout the week, participants will gain hands-on project ideas and assignments that they can bring back to their own classrooms. Class time will be split between presentations, dialogue and studio time. / Materials fee of $25 in addition to tuition.

Art educators need to take their work with them on the last day of the workshop. Please consider bringing extra money if mailing work home will be necessary. Any work remaining after the workshop will be disposed of.

This class will have a one-hour lunch break each day. / Graduate credit is available. / Open to students ages 18 and above. / View complete policies.

What to bring: Pen or pencil, notebook or sketchbook. A complete list of suggested materials will be sent to participants in advance.

Please Register Before: June 12
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.

Before purchasing travel tickets, please contact MCAD Continuing Education at to confirm that the course has enough students registered to run.

Art Educator Workshops are not eligible for the early or multiple class registration discounts.

Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

AEW 6015 SU20
Date Start: 
Monday, June 22, 2020
Date End: 
Friday, June 26, 2020
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Main Building, Room 420
Age Group: 
Art Educators
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above
Days of Week: 
Art Educator Workshops