In design for sustainability, individuals learn to transform short-term thinking into long-term design solutions. Professionals design sustainable futures through transdisciplinary approaches to social, cultural, environmental and economic problems.
At SCAD, design for sustainability is a transdisciplinary program that embraces sustainability as an integrative framework. By synthesizing the strengths of various design disciplines, the program holistically addresses personal, local and global challenges to the human condition in the 21st century.
Students develop into committed leaders and passionate agents of change for economical and ecological prosperity, and social equality. They work on real-life problem-solving with clients, ranging from corporations to non-governmental organizations, to community organizations. By distilling complex issues through proven tools, methodologies and strategies, students focus on creative solutions to strengthen systems. The program infuses social and environmental science methodologies into design disciplines, seeking to educate and advocate the economic benefits of sustainable practices.
Upon graduating, design for sustainability students have a competitive advantage, possessing the skills and abilities to direct and integrate sustainable practices in multiple fields.