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Two-Week Summer Intensives

Immerse yourself in our Two-Week Summer Intensives carrying continuing studies credits, whether to investigate a new career option, complete a portfolio, or delve into what you love this summer; you can take advantage of renowned Pratt Institute’s academic excellence and choose from among the courses below. 

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AUTHENTIC U INC: A PASSION-DRIVEN PERSONAL BRANDING 

XSI-339-01  

You have the power to design how you are seen by the world. While the concept of personal branding isn’t new, it takes trial and error to craft one that is truly driven by your passion. When personal brand is fueled by passion, communicating and inhabiting it become effortless. Craft your authentic branding by examining your true desires including a mission, vision, goals, and objectives. Through case studies, class discussions and individual exercises, students develop awareness of one’s authentic qualities, translate them into marketable assets, define target audience, become familiar with online/offline communication tools, and devise a system for on-going brand maintenance. 

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BIODESIGN LAB INTENSIVE

XSI-336

As fields are merging in search of more sustainable and resilient solutions, biodesign is emerging at this transdisciplinary intersection of biology, technology and design. In this hands-on studio course, explore, research and develop bio-inspired design solutions, putting into practice biomimicry thinking, sustainable systems-based methods and designing for and with biomaterials.  Create and present your project with outcomes that include designing systems for human services and interventions, developing new biofabrication processes for materials and/or products, and advancing innovations in circular economies. Final projects will be reviewed by a panel of experts and enable students to build their portfolio. 

Prerequisite: XCSI-318 Sustainable Design Foundation or XSI-324 Sustainable Design Foundation Intensive—waivable upon portfolio approval. 

Note: This course is part of the Sustainable Design Certificate Program.

INSTRUCTOR: ALISON IRVINE 
XSI-336-01 | M–TH | JULY 27–AUGUST 6, 2020 | 1:30–5 PM 
8 SESSIONS | 2.8 CEUs | $875 
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BIOMIMICRY INTENSIVE

XSI-309

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.

Notes: We recommend that students first take the XSI-324-01 Sustainable Design Foundation Intensive course or the XCSI-318-01 Sustainable Design Foundation course before taking this one. This course is part of the Sustainable Design Certificate Program.

INSTRUCTOR: TETSU OHARA 
XSI-309-01 | M–TH | JULY 27–AUGUST 6, 2020 | 9:30 AM–1 PM 
8 SESSIONS | 2.8 CEUs | $875 
ONLINE 

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Color, Texture, and Patterns Intensive

XSI-332

Explore color, texture, and patterns using a variety of surface materials, whether for interior, product, fashion, or accessories design. Color, texture and patterns define surfaces, impact scale, and impart a unique style to design. They add visual interest to clothing, products, and space. Learn to utilize these three vital design elements tastefully in order to articulate your creative vision. The course is focused on helping students develop compelling portfolio pieces that demonstrate mastery of color, texture and patterns. Recommended material cost: $40.

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CAREER POSITIONING INTENSIVE 
XSI-342 

Position yourself for success using branding, identity and marketing processes for the career marketplace. Whether planning to pursue a career in the corporate world, a media business, a marketing agency, a design studio or even start your own business, learn to create a brand essence, a unique positioning and a clear identity for yourself through a workshop format and hands-on execution. This course will prepare you to market yourself when creating a portfolio, interviewing and envisioning a career.  

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CREATIVITY IN CHALLENGING TIMES 

XSI-340 

In challenging times, it is especially essential to tap into every good idea we have. Cultivating creative thinking can help an individual to grow as an artist and  designer and innovate in every situation. Through case studies, class discussions, and individual coaching, learn how you can create design solutions for emerging needs from a crisis, using your preferred creative practice whether for fashion,  interior,  product, art, or photography. Explore how to elevate the role of communication through art and design. 

INSTRUCTOR: YEON JEE 
XSI-340-01 | M–TH | AUGUST 17-27 | 6–9:30 PM 
8 SESSIONS | 2.8 CEUs | $875 
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DESIGN LEADERSHIP INTENSIVE
XSI-330

Explore the many facets of design management by bridging the worlds of design thinking and business strategy. Develop a core tool-set of communication and interpersonal skills that empower design teams to make their best work toward a common vision. Apply what you learn to design leadership challenges; create a presentation that showcases your strengths as a leader. Gain a renewed perspective on your leadership ability as well as an effective strategy to influence outcomes while cultivating positive relationships. For current and aspiring art directors, creative directors and design managers. 

INSTRUCTOR: ANTHONY FARIA 
XSI-330-01 | M–TH | JULY 20–30, 2020 | 6–9:30 PM 
8 SESSIONS | 2.8 CEUs | $875 
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FURNITURE DESIGN INTENSIVE 

XSI-313

Design your own piece of furniture, without leaving your home. The key premise is learning through making and testing. Working on models and prototypes, develop a sense of human scale and proportion. Explore a variety of techniques, gaining basic understanding of furniture construction and manufacturing. While developing individual projects, experience all stages of the design process, including research, ideation, development, testing, refinement, prototyping, documentation and presentation. The class will be taught online via free and intuitive Google Classroom and Google Meet/Hangout.  

Note: This course serves as a basic overview of furniture design and is a pre-requisite for beginners to our furniture design certificate program. Students will be expected to use their own design tools and materials—following the instructors’ supplies list, to be provided upon registration. Total estimated supplies costs: $200.

INSTRUCTORS: MICHAEL SARNO 
XSI-313-01 M–TH | May 11–21, 2020 | 9:30AM–1 PM 
XSI-313-02 M–TH | JUNE 1–11, 2020 | 9:30 AM–1 PM 
XSI-313-03 M–TH | AUGUST 3–13, 2020 | 9:30 AM–1 PM 
8 SESSIONS | 2.8 CEUs | $875 
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HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN INTENSIVE
XSI-337

Human Centered Design starts from the belief that understanding the people we design for brings fresh thinking to our craft, accelerates iteration, and is a key to creating solutions and products that will be embraced by our users. In this intensive, students will be introduced to the theories and methods of HCD, and will be prepared to include them in their practice with confidence. Using an interdisciplinary approach, learn the fundamentals of user research, research synthesis, prototyping, and the various methodologies that bring our users to the forefront of the design process.

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INCLUSIVE DESIGN INTENSIVE
XSI-344

For aspiring and practicing designers, makers, architects, professionals from various creative fields, and anyone seeking to apply diversity, equity, and inclusion into design thinking:

Learn how inclusive design, allied with equity and diversity, is an essential art and design approach for understanding our sense of place in the world and appreciating that of others, globally and locally. Inclusive Design integrates and activates our sense of community, which emerges through artistic communication as an obligation and a gift.  Research artists, designers and artist collectives, for their tactics and strategies to inspire your own inclusive design, and learn how artistic aesthetics can visually flourish with your embrace of different peoples, cultures and traditions.
 Investigate various materials, including what you have around your immediate dwelling to inventory and catalogue, with the intention to repurpose materials for communicating with others who you are and where you come from, as well as to learn to innovate in ways that are culturally sensitive for your diverse clients. This inclusive approach to agency, to thinking and making, will strengthen your bonds artistically in community, and nest you in the larger context of environmental sustainability. 

INSTRUCTOR:  TODD AYOUNG
XSI-344-01 | M–TH | AUGUST 3-13, 2020 | 10 AM – 12 PM
8 SESSIONS | 1.6 CEUs | $630 
ONLINE 

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INSPIRED ART MAKING FROM THE MET ONLINE COLLECTION – NEW 

XSI-341 

Draw and paint from the online collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) to study and find inspiration from their rich and diverse artwork collection from all over the world and time periods. The drawings created will turn into a series of inspired paintings. Students can focus on their choice of paint--acrylic or watercolor, and also choose whether to stay faithful to the original Masterpiece(s) and/or use their imagination to create new, original artwork inspired by the Masters.  Sketchbooks, pencils, and erasers are required for the first three classes. A more detailed supplies list will be provided by the instructor at the first class for painting supplies.  

INSTRUCTOR: MELISSA STAIGER 
XSI-341-01 | M–TH | AUGUST 3-13, 2020 | 9:30 AM–1 PM 
8 SESSIONS | 2.8 CEUs | $875 
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LIGHTING DESIGN INTENSIVE 

XSI-326 

This Lighting Design Studio uses light as the medium for students to explore a variety of lighting experiences and effects, which will ultimately inform and shape the design of lighting fixtures.  Develop competencies in research, ideation, testing, presentation, and model-making.  Investigate ideas of modularity and case studies, which will help inspire and inform your projects.  Learn to design and develop an innovative, primary lighting project, which will be abstract and exploratory in nature- producing an avant-garde, innovative lighting experience/effect, and the form that creates it. 

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MIXED MEDIA ARTS INTENSIVE

XSI-315

Explore mixed media art techniques and materials. Combining various traditional and non-traditional media and techniques such as collage, drawing, painting, and assemblage, create a range of works that explore color, texture, figure ground relationships, as well as representation and abstraction. Create artworks that mix found objects and ephemera with traditional art materials to complete unique compositions toward a portfolio, using formal strategies to achieve balance and unity. 

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ORGANIZATIONAL CREATIVITY FOR BUSINESS INNOVATION INTENSIVE

XSI-331

Learn to take a creative approach to achieve the purpose of your organization, find new customers and set the foundation for business innovation for the next decade. Learn how to develop and apply communication and digital marketing frameworks for businesses to creatively innovate in teams and solve problems, including with their customers.  

Connect human needs with corporate strategy, brand, product/service architecture, communication and digital marketing. Practice how to collaborate, inspire groups and harness talent. Become a driver of business change for innovation. 

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PAINTING INTENSIVE

XSI-305

Engage in fine arts painting as a vehicle for exploring light, color, image making, materials, and composition. Develop or sharpen your skills in color mixing, paint application, and various techniques in the context of figurative representation and abstraction. Study historical precedents and contemporary trends in painting today, through virtual excursions to  online art collections. Through immersion practice, as well as group and individual critique, students will begin to develop or expand their own direction as painters. Students may enroll in one or both sessions 1A and 1B for this open-level intensive course. 

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PRODUCT DESIGN INTENSIVE

XSI-322

Learn how products are designed and what it takes to bring a product to market in this hands-on class. Exercises will include analyzing and dissecting current products; brainstorming, identifying unmet needs in the market, articulating the product identity through branding, and materials workshops; and developing a product from concept to basic model-making, through the design process. Learn to communicate your new product design concept through a tangible design brief. Explore sustainable product design, designers and design firms, and the elements of a successful product. Learn how to research for sustainable materials and manufacturing processes, licensing opportunities, and patents. Deepen your understanding of the current and emerging markets. Please Note: This class is open to all, but prior enrollment in a drawing class is recommended. 

INSTRUCTOR: YEON JEE 
XSI-322-01 | M–TH | AUGUST 17 –27, 2020 | 6:15–9:30 PM 
8 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $945 
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RHINO: CAD FOR PRODUCT AND SPATIAL DESIGN INTENSIVE

XSI-333

Learn to create your own 3D models in this hands-on course. Understand 3D space and viewport directions. Learn effective modeling techniques and strategies, multiple surface tools, drafting, rendering and 3D modeling while completing projects toward a portfolio. This course is applicable across all design industries and disciplines. 

INSTRUCTOR:  WILLIAM HASKAS 
XSI-333-02 | M–TH | JULY 20-30, 2020 | 6–9:45 PM 
8 SESSIONS | 3.0 CEUs | $945
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SOLIDWORKS INTENSIVE
XSI-329

Learn to build virtual 3D models of parts and assemblies using Solidworks (parametric CAD software). Topics include: learning the interface, communicating design intent, building parts and assemblies using solid features, producing 2D drawings from Solidworks models, 2D and 3D sketch tools, associative relationships and parametric constraints, and basic rendering. No prior experience with Solidworks or other CAD modeling is required. Note: This course is part of the required courses for the Furniture Design certificate program

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SUSTAINABLE ART INTENSIVE

XSI-345

For aspiring and practicing artists professionals from various creative fields, and anyone seeking to apply sustainability thinking into artistic/creative thinking:

Be inspired to approach aesthetics with a sustainable lens, combining artistic thinking with responsible materials and making processes. Creative thinking and making sustainably entail engaging with relationships, commonality and complexity, aligned with patterns of nature. Learn to apply life cycle research to your art projects, from extraction to the disposal of materials. Experiment with deconstructing, repurposing and upcycling basic materials and objects. Sustainable Art looks at a broad range of artists responding visually to environmental challenges, experimenting with artistic ways to engage the public in awareness, with proposals to regenerate our Home the Earth and culture through compelling artistic expression.

INSTRUCTOR:  TODD AYOUNG
XSI-345-01 | M–TH | AUGUST 3-13, 2020 | 2–4 PM 
8 SESSIONS | 1.6 CEUs | $630 
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SUSTAINABLE DESIGN FOUNDATION INTENSIVE
XSI-324

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 part of the Sustainable Design Certificate Program. It 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.

INSTRUCTORS:  KAT CHOATE AND DANIEL PENGE 
XSI 324-01 | M–TH | JULY 13–23, 2020 | 6–9:30 PM 
8 SESSIONS | 2.8 CEUs | $875 
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Registration

Registration Deadline: 5 business days before class starts. 

Early registration is encouraged to secure your seat in the course(s) of choice. 

After the deadlines, students may be admitted if virtual space remains in the selected course(s). 

TO REGISTER 

To register, please click on the “View Course and Add to Cart Button” below the course(s) of choice or download this form, complete it and email to prostudy@pratt.edu

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