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

FALL 2019: Registration is accepted from September 3–23. After the 23rd, registration will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please contact us for current availability.

Please note that on the application you will be asked:

  • to provide the name and contact information of one reference (teacher/ counselor/ school administrator);
  • and to respond to the following question (300 words): Tell us in your own words about your interest in art and design and what you hope to learn by attending DICE classes.
  • Students applying to DICE will be asked to submit the following proof of financial eligibility: a copy of parents’/guardians’ most recent income tax return OR (only if tax returns are unavailable) A copy of parents’/guardians’ documents substantiating current income (social security, unemployment, or public assistance): No pay stubs


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.  

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, New York State Council on the Arts, The Altman Foundation, The Pinkerton Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, National Endowment of the Arts, 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.