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The mission of Pratt Institute 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.
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/Milan, Havana, London, Rome, Tokyo, and Venice.
We also have exchange relationships with Accademie del Lusso, Amsterdam School of the Arts, Bauhaus University, Berlin University of the Arts, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Ecole Boulle, Florence University of the Arts, Folkwang University of the Arts, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Glasgow School of Art, Kingston University, Linnaeus University, Musashino Art University, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Paris College of Art, Southern Cross University and University of the Arts London.
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.
Pratt Institute provides the creative leaders of tomorrow the knowledge and experience to make a better world. A top-ranked college with opportunities in art, design, architecture, liberal arts and sciences, and information studies, Pratt offers nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
The Institute’s impact expands beyond its 25-acre residential campus in Brooklyn to cutting-edge facilities throughout the borough, a landmark building and public gallery in Manhattan, as well as an extension campus, PrattMWP College of Art and Design in Utica, New York. Since its founding in 1887, Pratt has prioritized diversity and inclusion, welcoming students from all walks of life while developing and sustaining pathways to more equitable workplaces and careers.
Today, Pratt and its exceptional faculty pride themselves on being academically excellent as well as adaptable to both in-person and online learning. Pratt students are part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary, research- and inquiry-based education that prepares them for success in creative fields and professional practice, with the goal of contributing to a fairer, more sustainable world. With a long-held commitment to the communities of New York, Pratt partners locally through the Pratt Center for Community Development to work for a more just city. The Institute also offers a variety of programs for local pre-college and continuing education students in the Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement K-12 and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
The value of a Pratt education is evident in its graduates' diverse and thriving careers, where their designs, art, work, and environments have reimagined our world. In over 75 countries across the globe, Pratt’s 61,000 alumni are advancing the creative economy and making a positive impact through their remarkable work and research.
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 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, Landscape Architecture, Library and Information Science, Media Studies, Museum and Digital Culture, Packaging, Identities and Systmes Design, Performance Studies, Photography, Real Estate Practice, Sustainable Environmental Systems, Urban Design, Urban Placemaking and Management, and Writing.
Bachelor Level Programs
All bachelor level programs are four years of study unless noted.
The School of Architecture offers a BArch in Architecture (5 years) and a BS/BPS in Construction Management.
BFA programs in the School of Art: Art and Design Education, Digital Arts, Game 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 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.
Associates Degrees are offered in Building and Construction, Game Design and Interactive Media, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Painting/Drawing.
Master Level Programs
Master level programs are listed by school and are two years of study unless noted.
School of Architecture: MArch in Architecture (3 years) and MS programs in Architecture (1.5 years), Urban Design (1.5 years), City and Regional Planning (2.5 years), Facilities Management, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, Real Estate Practice (1.5 years), Sustainable Environmental Systems (1.5 years), and Urban Placemaking and Management.
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 Therapy, MS in Design Management (2.5 years), MFA in Digital Arts MFA in Fine Arts and MFA in Photography.
School of Design: MFA in Communications Design, MID in Industrial Design, MFA in Interior Design (2-3 years) and MS in Packaging, Identities and Systems Design.
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
Research energy, ideas, innovation, and scholarship can be found throughout the Pratt Institute community. From leading new community development policy research, to developing new sustainable art with robotics, to advancing research in K-12 art and design education, to knitting new wearables with conductive yarn, to visualizing unique GIS datasets, the #PrattResearchPower is endless. These research stories of innovation, impact, and reflective design practice, are being told through events, exhibits, publications, and entrepreneurship. Through partnerships, alliances, government and foundation grants, Pratt faculty, staff, and students are changing what we know about our world.
The mission of the Office of Research & Strategic Partnerships is to uncover, communicate, and foster the creative future with the Pratt faculty, staff, and students that can support research scholarship, community activism, and academic leadership.
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:
Established in 1963, the 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. As part of Pratt Institute, we use urban planning, architecture, and public policy to support community-based organizations in their efforts to improve quality of life, create economic opportunity, and advance sustainable development. Their work is grounded in four core values: Equity, Sustainability, Local Knowledge, and Diverse Economy.
The mission of Pratt’s Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement K-12 is to increase access to instruction in art and design for children by leveraging the resources and expertise of the Institute to support school-age children, city-wide public schools, and youth-serving organizations. Taught by our expert faculty and students our on-campus and in-school programs develop children and young peoples' knowledge in the creative disciplines (art, design, architecture, and related fields) through hands-on studio-based learning. The programs are carefully designed and structured to support creativity and innovation, and problem-solving and collaboration.
The Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI) is a geographic information systems-focused research and service center that uses mapping, data and design understand urban communities. The lab provides instruction, technical support, and resources to Pratt students and faculty across disciplines and to external clients with a focus on non-profit and community-based organizations. SAVI also performs academic research with internal and external partners and offers a GIS and Design certificate program through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
The Consortium for Research and Robotics is a new model for collaboration, competition, and creativity with New York City’s largest industrial robot. The Consortium's unique ecosystem brings together education and industry for technology-driven research, small business incubation, and STEM programs that invest in our local community.
The Pratt Sustainability Center serves as a physical and virtual hub for Pratt’s commitment to educate environmentally and socially responsible citizens. The Center’s core mission is to coordinate and develop resources to further integrate sustainability into the academic experience of all Pratt students.
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/.
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.
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 $13,021 per term for Fall 2022.