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
Registration is currently open for Spring 2022 placements, only. Follow the “Register Now” link below.
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
For in-person classes (when applicable): Participants will need to provide a parent/guardian signed social contract and proof of a completed Covid-19 vaccination (second dose 14 days or more prior to the program start date). 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.
For online classes: participants are required to have access to:
a laptop or desktop computer with an integrated microphone and camera on;
a reliable internet connection; and
a digital camera or scanner (a phone camera is OK).
PLEASE NOTE: IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO MEET THE TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS. No refunds will be given.
Any required art and design supplies will be provided by the Center K–12 at no cost to all DICE participants.
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.