Dual Degree | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

BS Creative Entrepreneurship, MA Sustainable Design

Dual Degree

Two Degrees, 11 Semesters. 


In the dual degree program of Creative Entrepreneurship/Master of Arts in Sustainable Design, students are able to earn both degrees over a 5 1/2-year period. Students enrolled in the Creative Entrepreneurship undergraduate major who are accepted into the program take 15 credits (5 courses) in the Sustainable Design graduate program during junior and senior years. Following graduation from the undergraduate program, students move seamlessly into the masters program, completing an additional 15 credits (5 courses) over three semesters in order to earn the advanced degree. 

2024 admitted student day

As a Creative Entrepreneurship student, you will:

  • Develop your creative practice(s) along with proficiency in marketable skills, such as business ideation and development, design thinking, project management, futurecasting, and creative leadership.
  • Hone creative and critical skills to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Experience working with external clients on local and global projects, gaining intercultural insights, and developing a professional network and portfolio.
  • Apply tools and methods to build long-term economic sustainability that balance the needs of people, planet, and profit.
  • Use systems thinking, design thinking, and human-centered service design to create solutions for complex local and global problems.
  • Gain skills and experience to start a business venture, or work as a creative professional in the nonprofit or private sector.

As a Sustainable Design student, you will:

  • Explore current sustainability and design-for-sustainability theories, concepts, and frameworks.
  • Apply innovative design-for-sustainability strategies, tools, and techniques through project-based assignments.
  • Experience both individual and collaborative design projects.
  • Develop skills in systems thinking, critical thinking, research, writing, problem solving, and visual communication.
  • Gain useful knowledge that keeps you and your organization at the forefront of this important field.
  • Complete a thesis project and presentation.
  • Build a web-based portfolio of your coursework.
  • Engage with an international network of sustainability professionals and supportive MCAD alumni.
Tell me more about Creative Entrepreneurship/Sustainable Design Dual Degree
CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Class Highlights 

Bachelor of Science in Creative Entrepreneurship Degree Information

  • Creative Economies
  • Climate Entrepreneurship
  • Designing Sustainable Futures

Master of Arts in Sustainable Design Degree Information

  • Fundamentals of Sustainable Design
  • Systems Thinking
  • Graduate Sustainability Thesis Project

After MCAD

There are many paths to explore with a BS in Creative Entrepreneurship and MA in Sustainable Design. 

Potential careers include:

  • Account Executive
  • Creative Director
  • Entrepreneur/Creative Business Owner

Creative Entrepreneurship challenges students to make connections between art, design, sustainable development, and business. Through a blending of theory, practice, and leadership, Sustainable Design educates individuals to become collaborative designers, global innovators, and creative leaders.