Design for Sustainability Certificate

Explore innovation through the lens of applied sustainability and design.
Degree Type Certificate
CAREERS AND SALARY Certificate Outcomes
Delivery Online

Beginning in Fall 2023

The Design for Sustainability Certificate will teach you the fundamentals of design for sustainability and the principles of corporate social responsibility. You'll learn how to take efforts to the next level as part of a circular (circularity) and regenerative (restorative) economic framework. The certificate is designed for professionals looking to learn and demonstrate their understanding of environmental and social justice (sustainability) issues, and how to apply that knowledge to any effort.

The graduate credit certificate is a fully online, accredited program comprising four courses (12 credits total): three courses from UW-Stout’s MFA in Design (MFAiD) and one Focus Area Elective available from a variety of graduate courses in design and other disciplines. The Design for Sustainability Certificate program is intended for a broad field of professional interests and experiences, so a portfolio is not required for admission to the program.

Program Objectives

  • Utilize a designer’s perspective for problem-solving and innovation using foundations in design thinking, circularity, and regenerative design.
  • Apply the ethics of environmental and social justice to professional practice.
  • Enable students to demonstrate knowledge of sustainability principles and methodologies to further explore and apply learning to any industry or effort.

The certificate is designed for students with an interest or current employment in:

  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Education
  • Business
  • Sustainability
  • Corporate "Green Teams"
  • Project Managers
  • Corporate Management
  • Professionals looking for Continuing Education Units (CEU) to maintain their licensure.

Tuition & Fees

  • Customized Instruction at UW Stout can be described as programs that are designed with the adult learner in mind. If you're comparing UW-Stout's customized instruction tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:
  • Customized instruction tuition rate includes the textbook rental fee.
  • There are no additional university-based semester or technology fees.
  • Students in customized instruction programs pay the same rate of tuition regardless if Wisconsin residents, out-of-state or international participants.

Value for Your Money

There’s more to value than just tuition. UW Stout also provides:

  • Program Director – faculty with discipline expertise.
  • Student Services adviser – one point of contact, providing support to students for each program.
  • Course sequences and matrices – know what courses are offered when so you can plan ahead.
  • Courses and programs may be stackable for use in another program.
  • Courses are flexible and convenient for working professionals.

Other universities will present costs and value differently - make sure you're comparing apples to apples.

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