Monday, October 17, 2011

Design Initiative for Community Empowerment


Design Initiative for Community Empowerment

Established in 2005, DICE is a grant-funded, after-school program that offers high school students an introduction to design through studio work, tours of design studios, public exhibitions and visits from accomplished designers. The goal of DICE is to introduce local youth to career and advanced educational opportunities in design and to prepare them to pursue these opportunities through a creative and rigorous design education program.
REGISTER NOW! Download the registration form in the "download" box below.


All classes meet at Pratt Institute on Tuesdays & Thursdays, from 4:30 - 6:30pm
Graphic Design
Graphic design is the visual language of everyday life, present in everything from advertisements and film titles to household items. Using a multi-media approach, students will explore the function of type and image in branding, marketing and book design. Students will confront real-world design challenges and develop creative strategies through each phase of the design process, while learning Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator techniques.
Product Design Products and tools that are intended to make our lives easier, more productive and more beautiful surround us. Exploring familiar products, students in this class will learn how to design products for a client by developing the skills needed to express ideas and the context of the field. The class includes ideation, technical drawing and model making.

Fashion Design
In this class, students will be introduced to the historical and cultural practices of contemporary fashion design, while exploring various hands-on techniques such as:  fashion illustration, hand and loom weaving, fabric coloring and printing. The cycle of fashion and textile design and its production will be investigated while considering the effect it has on the community and environment.


DICE is… “AWESOME-TASTIC. It was a great experience and chance to learn about a new form of art. I was in the Fashion Design group, and at first I was shy to the concept, but with the help of my SUPERCALIFRAGELISTIC teacher I found my “challenged” fashion sense. Ultimately, DICE is… IS? (see, I’m speechless)” -Byranna


High School students who attend NYC public High Schools are eligible if they are:
-Interested in art and design
-Self-motivated, responsible and have good attendance      
-Recommended by their art teacher or school administrator


Students are encouraged to participate yearlong, and new students are welcome to join in the spring. There is no cost for eligible students to attend the program.
All classes meet on Tuesdays & Thursdays, from 4:30 - 6:30pm

Fall 2011
Register in Person:  Tuesday, October 11, 4pm - 6pm; South Hall, Room 203
Classes Meet: October 25 - January 19

Spring 2012

Current students may re-register during class on Tuesday, January 10
Register in Person (new students):  Tuesday, January 17
Classes Meet: January 24 - April 19

Save the date! Final exhibition of student work: Tuesday, April 19th from 5pm - 7pm


Complete and bring the downloadable application form to in-person registration, or you may return the form to us by fax or mail to the address below (ATTN: Tara Kopp).


Tara Kopp
Coordinator of Youth Programs
Department of Art and Design Education
Pratt Institute/ 200 Willoughby Ave SH 203/ Brooklyn, NY 11205
Tel. 718-636-3654  Fax: 718-230-6876
Supported by:
National Endowment for the Arts
New York State Council on the Arts

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