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Design Initiative for Community Empowerment (DICE)

Design Initiative for Community Empowerment (DICE) is an after-school program that introduces students to the challenges of creative thinking and problem-solving through studio classes in design. Students investigate their communities through various design disciplines such as fashion design, architecture and urban design, and entrepreneurship. While increasing civic education and social responsibility, students also learn about educational opportunities and career possibilities in design. DICE classes are developed in collaboration with the Schools of Art, Design, and Architecture, and are taught by Pratt faculty members.


Students attending New York City public high schools are eligible to apply if they:

  • demonstrate an interest in art and design;
  • obtain their art teacher’s or school administrator’s recommendation on the registration form; and
  • meet the income eligibility guidelines. (The family’s household income must be within the limits defined by the NYS free/reduced lunch income criteria. See “Financial Aid” for details.) 

How to Apply

Pre-registration for the Fall 2023 semester will open on April 5th. See Classes and Curriculum for class descriptions for the Fall 2023 course offerings.

Follow the “Register Now” link below to sign up for one of these classes for the Fall 2023 term.


After registration closes, those who have secured a place in a class will receive a confirmation email, so please make sure the email address you provide is accurate. If the class you selected is full, you will be sent an email confirming that you have been placed on a waiting list. If a place becomes available, we will contact those on the waiting list.

Classes and Curriculum

Classes meet on Wednesdays from 4:30–6:30 PM during the school year. See Classes and Curriculum to learn more.  

Campus Access Requirements

Participants will need to provide a parent/guardian signed social contract and proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination (1 or 2 initial doses, depending on the specific vaccine) and booster shot, if eligible by the time classes begin. Please note that these safety requirements are subject to change at any time; Pratt continues to monitor and may make adjustments to campus operations in response to COVID-19.

Parent and Student Handbook

All students attending DICE must follow the policies as listed in the K-12 Family Handbook. Read the program policies prior to the beginning of classes.


For a complete listing of class dates, see Calendar to learn more.


DICE, South Hall, Room 203
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Campus
200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Tel: 718.636.3654 | Fax: 718.230.6876

View photos from DICE.

“DICE is a good experience of being on a college campus. It helped me experience college work and get prepared for these classes in the future, since I am a senior in high school. These skills helped me to be more creative in other art fields and concentrate more in the work I do”

DICE student, Tiffany Ramos

Pratt’s K–12 programs are generously supported by the Con Edison Company of New York, Inc., Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, Sara Little Turnbull Foundation, Walter K. Hoerning Endowment Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, The Altman Foundation, The Hearst Foundations, The Pinkerton Foundation, The Selz Foundation, Turrell Fund, The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust, The Irma Holland Wolstein Endowed Scholarship Fund, individual donors, and Pratt Institute.