WHAT YOU’LL LEARN IN THIS PROGRAM
Engage fully with the multidimensional nature of contemporary design practices
Combine independent thinking and imagination with practical and technical skills
Evaluate ideas & concepts and foment innovative attitudes and intercultural communication competences
Make strategically sound and creative design decisions
Re-imagine the boundaries of everyday life and bring new vision to objects, design, art and sustainability
WHAT MAKES THE TROPICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE SO SPECIAL?
“My favorite thing about the Design program was how infused with creativity it was, and how no one was afraid to push ideas forward and to question everything. Group brainstorming with highly creative and eclectic minds.” – Camille
DESIGN CIVILIZATION FROM SCRATCH
Our Panamanian compadres have developed a global model for creative resource centers for the arts and sustainability, known as EcoStudio’s, and are in the process of designing one for our town. They recognize the importance of integrating spaces of this sort in order to foster innovation and bring people together around live experiences of all kinds and with the necessary tools to translate the insights you’ve gained into novel, sustainable, design-minded products and solutions that respond to real needs of our community.
Our 4 Education & Research Programs
Students and young professionals choose 1 of 4 Programs where they get to apply their passions in a real world environment. Participants attend lectures, create and conduct Independent Research Projects, and work as Research Assistant Interns in Faculty-Directed Research Projects.
In addition to choosing one of our four educational programs, prospective students will engage in weekly foundational sustainability courses with a dynamic and interdisciplinary focus.