Ecological Design Certificate
HAVE YOU HEARD?
WE ARE NOW OFFERING OUR ECOLOGICAL DESIGN CERTIFICATE SEMESTER TUITION-FREE!
Taking Applications Now For:
Fall Semester – August 28, 2017 through December 8, 2017
Initial Application Due June 1, Part 2 Due June 16, Student Selection Announced June 30
Accepting Applications After July 1, 2017 For:
Spring Semester – January 9, 2018 through May 4, 2018
Are you committed to making positive change in our world? Do you believe that design and nature can provide answers to the problems of the 21st century? Then our semester in ecological design may be for YOU!
Our program hasn’t changed – it is still a life and career-changing experience. And your learning environment is still designed to be rich, stimulating and cross-disciplinary. Its value to students, alumni, supporters and the world is still immense, and now is open to those who seek a personal and professional path of sustainability and regeneration, even if they can’t afford it.
So if this program is so great, why offer it for free? Because we believe so strongly in our type of experiential education and its implications for the future that we want it to be available to all who want to benefit from it. And because the burden of student debt is too great for most students, affecting future career choices and limiting the scope of learning, and we want to stop this cycle.
Learning is Limitless
At Ecosa, your learning is limitless. You will learn to think like a designer, unleash your creativity, explore systems thinking and develop real world solutions to local and global issues. You’ll go beyond conventional design thinking and learn to use nature as the model for everything you do. And you’ll learn as a team through hands-on design projects with real-world clients.
The Meaning of FREE
FREE does not mean cheap. FREE, in this case, means a genuine opportunity to gain knowledge and perspectives and connections you won’t get at a traditional university.
FREE also does not mean that a student can take this opportunity lightly. In fact, we will require every student accepted into this FREE program to sign a binding contract of commitment. Basically, the contract says that if, after two weeks or four weeks or seven weeks, you decide this program is not for you and drop out, you are committed to paying Ecosa a certain percentage of the semester cost of $12,000, based on the time you spent in the program. Why? Because Ecosa and its donors have provided you a gift – a tuition-free semester – and if you give this gift back before it’s finished, you still gained value and your participation in the program still cost us money.
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 Ecosa Institute Ecological Design Certificate curriculum is an interweaving of “threads” 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 Fall
FREE AT LAST!
ECOSA’S SEMESTER CERTIFICATE IN ECOLOGICAL DESIGN IS NOW OFFERED TUITION-FREE!
Join us for our
FALL SEMESTER 2017: AUGUST 28 through DECEMBER 8
Initial Applications Due June 1, 2017, Part 2 Applications Due June 16, Student Announcement June 30
SPRING SEMESTER 2018: JANUARY 9 through MAY 4
Applications Will Be Accepted After July 1, 2018
Who should apply?
We encourage all students to apply and take advantage of our FREE semester. We are looking for those students with the desire and commitment to learn about ecological design, those who are a good “fit” with our program, and those who otherwise could not afford to participate in our program.
Our students are varied in age, experience and background, which makes for a diverse and inspiring learning environment, and most have no previous design experience. So, whether you are a college student or recent graduate, or are considering an advanced degree, a career change or how to make a difference in the world, there is only one requirement for our program: COMMITMENT.
The 15-week program is limited to 14 students; a minimum enrollment must be met.
To apply for Ecosa’s FREE semester, fill out the application below and submit with your $50 application fee. Be sure to include attached documents, pictures or videos that tell us about you.
Deadline for submitting initial applications is June 1, 2017.
Once the initial application and fee are received, you will be sent a questionnaire that serves as Part 2 of the admissions process.
Deadline for submitting Part 2 is June 16, 2017.
Selection and announcement of students for the FREE Fall Semester will be made on June 30, 2017.
Selected students will then be sent an education contract, releases and other pertinent information.
Application Fee: $50, due at time application is submitted.
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 and 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.
Our field trips do include camping, so basic camping equipment is required: (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.
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 that you are someone who will get a lot from our program, i.e. papers, movies, sketches, project plans, works of art – be creative! We are looking for students who are self-directed and not afraid to try new things, so be innovative and show us why Ecosa is a good fit for YOU! (download files on the application page or mail samples to the address below)
- A $50.00 application fee, payable by Paypal or by check (payable to Ecosa Institute, 300 E Willis St., Suite G, Prescott, AZ 86301)
Please contact us for additional application information or with 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.”