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 faculty.


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

Enrollment for DICE classes for the Spring 2021 semester will begin on December 2nd. Classes will run from February 10 - April 28, 2021.


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.  

Technology Requirements & Supplies

In order to participate in online classes, all participants are required to have access to:

  • a laptop or desktop computer with an integrated microphone and camera
  • a reliable internet connection
  • a digital camera or scanner (N.B. a phone camera is OK)
  • * Non-technology supplies will be provided by the Center K-12 at no cost to DICE participants. 


Parent and Student Handbook

All students attending DICE must follow the policies as listed in the Youth Programs Student and Parent/Guardian 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 Center K-12 programs are generously supported by the Con Edison Company of New York, Inc., Walter K. Hoerning Endowment Fund, National Endowment of the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, The Hearst Foundations, The Sara Little Turnbull Foundation, 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.

DICE is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.