Sustainable Design Certificate Program 

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Learn to create innovative, sustainable design solutions for the benefit of the planet and all living things!

  • Gain knowledge of sustainable design criteria, processes, practices and materials;
  • Learn to research and analyze information;
  • Generate innovative ideas;
  • Build quantitative and qualitative skill-sets;
  • Learn to design to reduce impact on the planet while meeting the needs of all living things;
  • Build your sustainable design portfolio and prepare a proposal package;
  • Join a network of sustainable design professionals.

Pratt’s Sustainable Design Certificate Program is taught by a team of top sustainable designers and professors. Using an inter-disciplinary and collaborative approach, the program covers sustainable design processes, practices, and materials to address real-world challenges, while highly encouraging research and innovation. The program is based on whole systems thinking, engaging the design process with nature’s processes and designs in the context of societal systems.

With an emphasis on hands-on studio practice combined with lectures, workshops and research, students develop creative problem-solving skills to design challenges. Integration with the design and sustainability communities at Pratt Institute provide students and alumni rich networking opportunities. Students have access to Pratt’s cutting edge sustainable design resources, such as Pratt’s Center for Sustainable Design Strategies, which houses a sustainable materials research center. The program is for all those engaged in the design industry, design education, or related professions, who seek to enhance their knowledge and skillset in sustainable design.

Start the program in the Fall or Spring!


You are invited to join us at the Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 5–8 PM, Pratt Indoor Environmental Quality Salon with Pratt Interior Design Professor Tetsu Ohara and his students, as part of their final class review on Indoor Environmental Quality, Pratt Studios, 2nd floor Hallway, Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205. RSVP for your free tickets.

Come explore design at its best when applied to high quality living that respects the environment! Find out how you can learn more, through Pratt's new Sustainable Design Certificate Program with top leaders in the field.

Space is limited. Please RSVP.

For more information, please contact prostudy@pratt.edu.


Certificate Requirements

This certificate program requires the successful completion of 108 hours of study, corresponding to five core courses.

Summary of Required Core Courses – Pratt Brooklyn

XCSI 318  Sustainable Design Foundation – Waivable upon portfolio approval
XCSI 319  Sustainable Design Theory & Practice    
XCSI 320  Sustainable Processes and Materials 
XCSI 309  Biomimicry
XCSI 311  Design for Environmental Quality

NOTE: Also available in the Summer: Two-Week Summer Intensives

XCSI 309  Biomimicry Intensive (Can replace the XCSI 309 Biomimicry Course)
XCSI 311  Design for Environmental Quality Intensive (Can replace the XCSI 311 Design for Environmental Quality Course)

Core Courses


SUSTAINABLE DESIGN FOUNDATION

XCSI 318 | COURSE FEE: $1,199
4 SESSIONS (6 HOURS EACH) | 2.4 CEUs

Study the basic principles and design elements of sustainable design thinking. Develop basic design skills; and build on the Bauhaus tradition of understanding design vocabulary, composition, form and materials. Based in a design studio approach the class will move through a series of hand- and digital, 2D, 3D, and 4D exercises that test and question sustainable technology and performance. Each session combines a historically-based lecture, studio lab and critique of students’ design projects; and includes a basic introduction to the presentation of ideas in different formats.

Note: This course is waivable upon portfolio approval by faculty. Please submit digital portfolio (at least 10 pieces) to prostudy@pratt.edu by 10 business days prior to the class start dates of the certificate courses below.

SECTION 01: SATURDAYS | FEBRUARY 3–24, 2018 | 10 AM–1 PM and 2–5 PM
INSTRUCTORS: ANNIE COGAN AND CHRISTIAN RIETZKE

SUSTAINABLE PROCESSES AND MATERIALS

XCSI 319 | COURSE FEE: $1,199
8 SESSIONS (3 HOURS EACH)| 2.4 CEUs

From concept creation to final implementation, the decisions that designers make during the design phase contribute to the majority of the environmental and social impact of a product or system. Learning to incorporate sustainable practices at concept inception is a competitive advantage and encourages smart design. The journey from raw material through processing, manufacturing, transportation/ distribution, use and disposal will be explored, using examples of design across scales. Participants will learn about tools and strategies that designers can use to reduce the impact of their designs on the environment.

Prerequisite: XCSI-318 Sustainable Design Foundation—waivable upon portfolio approval.

SECTION 01: TUESDAYS | FALL SEMESTER| 6:30–9:30 PM
INSTRUCTORS: CAROLYN SHAFER AND CALEB CRAWFORD

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN THEORY & PRACTICE

XCSI 320 | COURSE FEE: $1,199
8 SESSIONS (3 HOURS EACH) | 2.4 CEUs

This course explores design processes in which issues in sustainable design thinking are researched, inputted, edited, and reflected in a simple design project(s) that engages different students from different discipline backgrounds. The goal is to have portfolio piece in sustainability to be able to further a career or educational track. This project is research-based (i.e. written with data based output), as well as design-based.

Prerequisite: XCSI-318 Sustainable Design Foundation—waivable upon portfolio approval.

SECTION 01: SATURDAYS | FALL SEMESTER | 10 AM–1 PM
INSTRUCTORS: ANNIE COGAN AND CALEB CRAWFORD

BIOMIMICRY

XSCI-309  | COURSE FEE: $1,199
8 SESSIONS (3 HOURS EACH) | 2.4 CEUs

Generate innovative ideas and forms that perform and give back to the planet and its inhabitants responsibly in space.  Based on the Biomimicry Institute’s 3.8 guidelines, explore all three levels of the biomimicry design process. Learn sustainability principles and practices such as life cycle assessment; discover nature’s time-tested design strategies, functions, and patterns to apply them to human-made designs. Using a holistic approach, learn to integrate biomimicry into your creative process and demonstrate its value to stakeholders.

Prerequisite: XCSI-318 Sustainable Design Foundation—waivable upon portfolio approval.

SECTION 01: SATURDAYS | MARCH 3–MAY 5, 2018 (NO CLASSES on MARCH 17 & 31)  | 10 AM–1 PM
INSTRUCTOR: TETSU OHARA

DESIGN FOR INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

XSCI-311 | COURSE FEE: $1,199
8 SESSIONS (3 HOURS EACH) | 2.4 CEUs

Learn to assess human environmental quality challenges and apply effective ecological design solutions in ways that address the LEED Certification Indoor Environmental Quality standards. Study sustainable design principles and processes for making forms and spaces responsibly. Explore the essential elements of design that can positively impact spatial conditions for health and wellness, including air quality and ventilation, thermal comfort; sound design; light design, and scent design using natural aromatherapy.

Prerequisite: XCSI-318 Sustainable Design Foundation—waivable upon portfolio approval.

SECTION 01: SATURDAYS | MARCH 3–MAY 5, 2018 (NO CLASSES on MARCH 17 & 31) | 2–5 PM
INSTRUCTOR: TETSU OHARA


Registration

Online self-registration opens on December 1, 2018 for the Spring semester.

If you wish to express interest in this program, or if you experience any challenge with self-registration, please contact prostudy@pratt.edu.

Registration Deadline: Five business days before each class starts.

Note: To request that the XCSI-318 Sustainable Design Foundation pre-requisite course be waived by faculty, please submit digital portfolio (at least 10 pieces) to prostudy@pratt.edu by 10 business days prior to the class start date of the certificate course(s) of interest to you.

Early registration is encouraged. After the deadlines, students may still be admitted only if space remains in the selected course or program.


For more information, please contact prostudy@pratt.edu.