Ecological Design Certificate
JOIN US FOR OUR NEW ECOLOGICAL DESIGN CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Taking Applications Now for:
Spring Semester – January 17 through May 5, 2017
Fall Semester – August 28, 2017 through December 8, 2017
Ecosa Institute’s Ecological Design Certificate Program is a life and career changing experience. Your learning environment is designed to be rich, stimulating and cross-disciplinary.
You will learn to think like a designer, unleash your creativity, explore systems thinking and develop real world solutions to local and global issues.
We go beyond conventional design thinking and use nature as the model for everything we do, providing you with experiential insights into the many facets of designing with nature. A large part of our ecological design certificate program includes multiple hands-on design projects with real-world clients.
What Makes Our Program Stand Out?
Listen as Ecosa Institute’s Founder & Program Director, Antony Brown, describes what makes our Ecological Design Certificate Program so unique.
The new Ecosa Institute Ecological Design Certificate curriculum is an interweaving of “threads” that run throughout the semester. These threads weave together to create a fabric that connects the patterns of knowledge that you discover throughout your semester.
Learn More About Our Thread Weavers
Listen to one of our latest podcasts from Founder & Program Director, Antony Brown, as he talks about the role of our faculty “thread weavers” in delivering a leading edge curriculum.
Threads Woven Throughout Our Curriculum
Here are descriptions of the major themes or “threads” woven throughout our ecological design curriculum.
Technology and Skills
Art and Culture
Community and Teambuilding
Whole Systems Design
Field trips are a core part of the Ecosa Institute Ecological Design Certificate. Throughout the semester we take field trips to spectacular historic and contemporary sites around the Southwest. These trips are integrated into the learning experience to provide a basis for discussion and to place sustainable design into a broader context. This on-site experience provides a different mode of learning to students that contrasts from in-class presentations and studio work, capitalizing on the reality that when one experiences something new spatially and viscerally, it informs design sense when one returns to the drawing board.
Depending on the semester, trips may include outings to archaeological sites in northern and southern Arizona, Native American communities, and local explorations in modern green buildings. There are usually 3 or 4 out-of-town field trips each semester.
A common first trip of the Ecological Design Certificate semester is the Wilderness Experience. In the past this has often been led by Cody Lundin, depending on his schedule, and by others. This helps to create a sense of tribe among the learning cohort in addition to learning about natural elements and living systems in a survival context.
One of the frequently planned trips is a multiple-day journey to southern Arizona, comprised of tours of co-housing communities and sustainable building projects as well as a full day with permaculture expert and author Brad Lancaster.
Students often spend time at Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti project studying new approaches to urban design, and to contrast, stop at one of the largest new housing developments in Arizona to view a different approach to community.
Other common destinations for excursions are prominent architectural studios, the Richard Meier Federal Building, the Phoenix Central Library by Will Bruder, the Nelson Fine Arts Center, as well as a number of national parks and landmarks.
Join Us This Spring
Join us for our SPRING or FALL SEMESTER
JANUARY 17 through MAY 5, 2017 and
AUGUST 28 through DECEMBER 8, 2017
Who should apply?
Everyone is encouraged to apply! Our students are varied in age, experience and background. Most have no previous design experience. All students in our programs learn about the many facets of design and how powerful design thinking is as a problem solving skill — whether they are college students, recent graduates, or professionals considering a career change.
The 15-week semester is limited to 14 students and spaces are reserved for students with approved applications on a first-come-first served basis. We recommend that you apply as early as possible to reserve your place in our program.
Please note that acceptance of your application does not guarantee a place in a program semester. Your place will be held once your registration package and tuition deposit is received in our office. Programs are dependent on a minimum number of enrollments.
Tuition and Fees
Our tuition fees make our program financially sustainable. We are committed to keeping tuition and fees as low as possible while still covering the cost of our program.
Within two weeks of being accepted, a $500 tuition deposit is required to reserve your space in the program. Balance of tuition is due three weeks before the first day of class.
The following tuition and fee amounts apply for the Spring 2017 semester:
Application Fee: $50
Semester Tuition: $7,000 (partial scholarships available with application)
Tuition Deposit: $500 (non-refundable, applied to tuition)
Students are responsible for obtaining their own housing. Some of our students choose to live together, while others prefer to live independently. We can assist incoming students to explore possible sharing options with other Ecosa Institute students.
Our studio is located in the central part of Prescott and there are numerous housing options within walking or cycling distance of the studio. Prescott is home to three local colleges; because of this many housing opportunities are available that are geared to students in the area.
Studio work will require essential materials and supplies. Drafting and drawing supplies will cost $100-$200 depending on quality preference. Studio materials will cost $75 or less during the semester.
We do camp on field trips which requires basic camping equipment (backpack, sleeping bag & pad, etc.) which you can also buy at a local store for $70 – $180. A list of required items will be supplied upon registration.
We do not provide federal financial aid, but many of our students enrolled in a college or university have arranged to receive financial aid through their home institution. We do have a limited number of partial scholarships – see application for details.
If you are enrolled at an accredited institution you may be able to receive credit through that institution for Ecosa Institute programs. We often provide confirmation of enrollment for faculty members, academic advisors or the registrar at the home institutions of our students for credit awards. Please let as know at least two months prior to the start of the program if you require any documentation from us to receive credit.
The online application will require submission of the following:
- General information about you and your background
- Something that persuades us you are someone who will get a lot from our program. (We are looking for students who are self directed and not afraid to try new things, so be innovative)
- A $50.00 application fee, payable by Paypal or by check (payable to Ecosa Institute, 300 E Willis St. Prescott, AZ 86301)
Please contact us for additional application information or any questions about our programs.
Apply Now For the Experience of a Lifetime
“Thank you for creating this program – it was exactly what I needed at this point and I just hope so many more people get to experience Ecosa.”
“I am deeply grateful for this experience. My only regret is that I didn’t do it earlier.”