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Mission Statement

Pratt’s mission is “to educate artists and creative professionals to be responsible contributors to society. Pratt seeks to instill in all graduates aesthetic judgment, professional knowledge, collaborative skills, and technical expertise. With a firm grounding in the liberal arts and sciences, a Pratt education blends theory with creative application in preparing graduates to become leaders in their professions. Pratt enrolls a diverse group of highly talented and dedicated students, challenging them to achieve their full potential.”

International Role

Located in the global hub of New York City, Pratt attracts a diverse student body and faculty that includes approximately 40 percent international students.  Several study abroad programs are available to our students including semester-long, full-year, or summer studies in Beijing, Berlin, Copenhagen, Florence, London, Paris, Rome, and Venice.

We also have exchange relationships with Amsterdam School of the Arts, Bauhaus University, Berlin University of the Art (UdK), Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Central Saint Martins, Ecole Boulle, Folkwang University, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Glasgow School of Art, Kingston University, Korea National University of Arts, Linnaeus University, Musashino Art University, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA), and Southern Cross University.

National Role

Pratt is one of the largest art and design schools in the country and takes pride in its position as a leader in art and design education.  It is a member of the Association of Independent Art and Design Schools (AICAD). The Schools of Architecture, Art, Design, Information, and Liberal Arts and Sciences are professedly heterogeneous in approach, methods, and offerings, consciously working together to creatively inform and contribute to our world: our cultures, environments, and commercial enterprises.

Pratt works with local and national partners in education, government, non-profit organizations, and industry to develop educational opportunities, exhibits, and programs that benefit our students and foster our relationships with the local community.

Main Focus

A Pratt education is distinguished by the centrality of studio-based learning, which places emphasis on creating. It is characterized by solid foundational knowledge in art and design, in-depth disciplinary learning, and broad exposure to the liberal arts and sciences that is necessary for a critical understanding of the social contexts in which creations are made. A blend of theory and creative application prepares graduates to become leaders in their professions with a commitment to social, ethical, and environmental responsibility. A Pratt education is also notable for the depth and enrichment made possible through engagement with the vast cultural, educational, and professional resources of New York City.

Faculties and Departments

Pratt Institute offers study at the undergraduate and graduate level through the Schools of Art, Architecture, Design, Information, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Continuing and Professional Studies.

Programs and departments include Architecture, Art and Design Education, Arts and Cultural Management, Art Therapy and Creativity Development, City and Regional Planning, Communications Design, Construction Management, Critical and Visual Studies, Dance Movement/Therapy, Data Analytics and Visualization, Design Management, Digital Arts, Facilities Management, Fashion Design, Film and Video, Fine Arts, Game Design, Historic Preservation, History of Art and Design, Industrial Design, Information Experience Design, Interior Design, Library and Information Science, Media Studies, Museum Studies, Package Design,  Performance Studies, Photography, Real Estate Practice, Sustainable Environmental Systems, Urban Design, Urban Placemaking, User Experience and Writing.

Bachelor Level Programs

All bachelor level programs are four years of study unless noted.

BFA programs in the School of Art: Art and Design Education, Digital Arts, Film, Fine Arts, and Photography.  

BFA programs in the School of Design: Communications Design, Fashion Design, Industrial Design [BID], and Interior Design.  

The School of Architecture offers a BArch in Architecture (5 years) and a BS/BPS in Construction Management.

The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a BA/BFA in History of Art and Design, BA in Critical and Visual Studies, and a BFA in Writing.

    Master Level Programs

    Master level programs are listed by school and are two years of study unless noted.

    School of Art: MS in Art and Design Education, MPS in Arts and Cultural Management, MPS in Art Therapy and Creative Development, MS in Dance/Movement Therapy, MS in Design Management (2.5 years), MFA in Digital Arts and MFA in Fine Arts.

    School of Design: MFA in Communications Design, MID in Industrial Design (3 years), MFA in Interior Design (2-3 years) and MS in Packaging Design.

    School of Architecture: MArch in Architecture (3 years) and MS programs in Architecture (1.5 years), Architecture and Urban Design (1.5 years), City and Regional Planning (2.5 years), Facilities Management, Historic Preservation, Real Estate Practice (1.5 years), Sustainable Environmental Systems (1.5 years), Urban Placemaking and Management.

    School of Information: MS programs in Data Analytics and Visualization, Information Experience Design, Library and Information Science, Museums and Digital Culture,

    School of Liberal Arts and Sciences: MS in History of Art and Design, MA in Media Studies (1.5 years), MFA in Performance and MFA in Writing.

    Research Activity and Main Areas

    Pratt has established a reputation as a leader in creativity and innovation and is home to many broadly recognized researchers in disciplines of art, design, architecture, and liberal arts and sciences. To support both established and burgeoning researchers, The Provost's Office for Research and Strategic Partnerships pursues its mission to establish Pratt as a research leader in AICAD schools by maximizing opportunities for funding, collaboration, and innovation both within and beyond the gates of Pratt Institute. Through these efforts, we foster research that is a catalyst for change locally and is replicable nation-wide. Initiatives including the faculty seed grant competition, the Research Open House, and support of research accelerators and centers ensure the continued development of research as an essential component of Pratt's strategic plan.

    In addition to research grants, accelerators, and sponsored projects, several centers allow Pratt faculty, students, and recent alumni to conduct community based research and advocacy for the creative economy. Examples include:

    Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI) – a Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-centered initiative that provides students and faculty across disciplines access to GIS and visualization resources.

    Consortium for Research and Robotics – a consortium of educational and professional partners exploring the possibilities of new technology.

    The Center for Sustainable Design Strategies (CSDSserves as a physical and virtual hub for Pratt’s commitment to educate environmentally responsible citizens. 

    Pratt Center for Community Development works for a more sustainable and equitable New York City in partnership with community-based organizations, small businesses, and policymakers. 

    Doctorate Level Programs


    Subject Areas for Exchange Students

    Only students who attend schools that are our exchange partners can apply for undergraduate study at Pratt. A list of our exchange partners can be found here: https://www.pratt.edu/student-life/student-affairs/office-of-international-affairs/study-abroad/inbound-exchange/.

    Students who are not attending one of our exchange partner schools may apply to our Visiting Student program, provided they have completed at least one year of college credit.  More details can be found here: https://www.pratt.edu/admissions/applying/applying-undergraduate/ug-application-requirements/visiting-students/.

    Application Deadlines

    Exchange students follow the deadlines set by their school.  Deadlines to apply to the Visiting Student program are November 1 for the spring term and March 1 for the fall term.


    Teaching Languages


    Semester Dates

    Fall term – last week in August through mid-December. Spring Term – third week in January through mid-May.

    Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

    Exchange students pay tuition to their home school.  Living expenses in New York City can vary widely depending primarily on accomodation. On average, students can expect to spend $1700/month.

    Tuition costs for Visiting Students is $12,476 per term.


    Bachelor: 2,820
    Master: 1,215

    Exchange Students

    Incoming: 10
    Outgoing: 10

    Teaching Staff

    Professors: 150
    Part-time Teachers: 900

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