Ecological Design Certificate
ECOSA’S ECOLOGICAL DESIGN
CERTIFICATE PROGRAM (EDCP)
Integrating Human Needs With Nature
Students, Career-Changers, Knowledge-Seekers
Check out our Blog for news about the Fall 2017 journey in Ecological Design!
Spring 2018 EDCP – January 22 – May 4, 2018
Fall 2018 EDCP – August 27 – December 7, 2018
Learning is Limitless
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! Ecosa’s learning environment is designed to be rich, stimulating and cross-disciplinary and our program has been a life and career-changing experience for many. Its value to students, alumni, supporters and the world is immense – just look at what our alumni are accomplishing! Ecosa can help you see the world through an ecological lens and open your mind to new possibilities in sustainable and regenerative actions.
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.
We offer CEU credits for our program!
Ecological Design Certificate Program standard hours of instruction as per Ecosa Institute Calendar and Syllabus = 6 hours per day x 5 days a week x 15 weeks = 450 hours minus 120 hours of studio time (which may or may not be instructional time) = 330 hours or 33 CEU credits (based on formula of 1 credit for 10 hours of instructional time). CEU credits are awarded only for full participation and achievement of learning outcomes as presented in the course Syllabus.
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
The program culminates in a presentation of both the client-based project and the students’ individual portfolios that demonstrate participation requirements and course accomplishments. Final assessment is based on the level of participation and portfolios demonstrating attainment of learning outcomes.
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.
“A whole new perspective on the world! I have a clearer understanding of the systems at work in our society today and the greater implications of all the variables at hand. I have gained more awareness of the complexities of the global challenges facing us today and for the first time, I now feel empowered to be able to tackle these problems and come up with possible solutions. The course was definitely a catalyst for my life and has impacted choices in my daily life as well as my career. ”
“As an architecture student, my experience at Ecosa enriched my entire lifestyle by nurturing a more holistic approach to thinking and designing. I’m proud to say its the best experience I have had in education. The hands on study / projects with real clients is how education should be and all the guests were unbelievable.”
“Ecosa was an experience I’ll never forget. The other students, faculty, and projects ingrained in me a new, sustainable way of thinking about not only design, but how I live my everyday life. I am deeply grateful for this experience. My only regret is that I didn’t do it earlier.”
“Ecosa is a vision which has manifested in people. Resourceful connections, information flows, and teaching activities provide a backdrop for real-life projects which push the boundaries of ecological design. Ecosa is this backdrop. You guys have done it: jump-started a cohesive curriculum to address the real issues of life as a human through design. Furthermore, inspiration and insights you give to students for people (for us!) to live, as an integral part of ecology is invaluable! I know that I will treasure the gift, and carry it with me. Thank you for pushing dreams into reality!”
“Ecosa is a magical place, where everybody fits in, no one is excluded, and one way or another everyone enjoys themselves. Not to mention, the faculty is wonderfully supportive and engaging. I can’t put into words how much I have enjoyed this experience. I am at this moment flooded with a world of emotion, and the end of this semester is breaking my heart and simultaneously blowing my mind.”
“I think the most important thing I learned was to question my education and bias. Architecture education is taught with little reference to site, context, people, and the environment. Until coming to Ecosa it seemed like ‘the right thing to do’ was to concentrate on the aesthetic, rather than these more responsible issues. After participating in Ecosa I will critique my projects more rigorously for sustainable strategies. Another highpoint in the program was the ability to learn from a variety of people with different backgrounds and experience. This opened my eyes to many issues that I have not thought of before attending Ecosa.”
Join Us for the Program of a Lifetime!
ECOSA’S ECOLOGICAL DESIGN CERTIFICATE PROGRAM (EDCP)
Fall Program Ends December 8, 2017
SPRING 2018: JANUARY 22 through MAY 11, 2018
Applications are now closed.
FALL 2018: August – December 2018
Who should apply?
We encourage all students to apply. We are looking for those students with the desire and commitment to learn about ecological design, and for those who are a good “fit” with 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 attachments that show us your creativity or design skills – this can take the form of written words, videos, photos, plans, music or whatever tells us about you.
Once the initial application and fee are received, you will be sent a questionnaire that serves as Part 2 of the admissions process.
Application Fee: $50, due at time application is submitted. Applications will not be considered until application fee is paid.
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.”