About Pratt Institute-Main
Why Consider Pratt Institute?
Pratt is known for its commitment to the arts. That alone could be one reason many students may choose to study there. Pratt has a long history of providing aspiring artists with a broad theoretical education alongside hands-on experience.
Students at Pratt may not only build up their portfolio, but also the professional skills to move into a creative field once they graduate. And once they do graduate, they could join the ranks of faculty and alumni, who have been responsible for some of the artwork, design, and engineering accomplishments people see and interact with every day.
Pratt Institute is lucky enough to be at the heart of New York—whether it be the main campus in Brooklyn or the satellite location in Manhattan. That positions it to offer not only the education, but also the inspiration and the hands-on career experience students in creative fields might need. After all, New York City is known for its vibrant art scene. From theater to art museums, from public art installations to animation, however you dream about applying your creative skills, you could pursue it in NYC. And Pratt could be there to support you.
Students at Pratt study their major concentration area through one of six different school. Those are:
- The School of Architecture
- School of Art
- School of Design
- School of Continuing and Professional Studies
- School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- School of Information
Each school focuses on a specific area of need—in most cases, a subject area or group of related disciplines. That means that you could attend classes, work and study alongside your peers, supported by faculty who teach and work in your selected discipline.
Some programs may even include internships, which could allow you to apply your creative skills in the real world, gaining professional experience under guidance from your instructors.
Pratt Institute emphasizes hands-on learning and practical experience. After all, art isn’t just something that exists in a textbook. It’s something you create, through skills you hone by doing. Students at Pratt practice those skills in studio spaces designed to accommodate their needs—whatever type of art they’re focused on. And that could include technological resources and support.
Pratt also offers technological support to students, from computer and technology labs to technology-enhanced classrooms to help bring your lessons to life.
The Track Record
With experience in providing higher education in art and design stretching all the way back to 1887, Pratt Institute has a long track record of success. Their students and faculty have been integral in creating works you might see every day, from kitchen appliances to book covers to subway maps, and more. And as a student, you could become a part of it.
Both US News & World Report and The Princeton Review have awarded Pratt Institute rankings in several categories The Princeton Review included Pratt Institute in their “Best Northeastern” category, and US News ranked them on their 2018 lists for best fine arts grad schools, and best library and information sciences grad schools.
Mission, Vision and ValuesPratt Institute’s mission is to educate artists, designers, and professionals in other creative fields, and helping them hone artistic skills and prepare to be leaders in their fields and contributors to society. Pratt adheres to a liberal arts philosophy. They also work to foster a diverse community of faculty and students.
The specifics of your application requirements and prerequisites are likely to vary, depending on the degree and area of study you select.However, some of the general requirements you could expect include the following.
- Official Transcripts: Pratt Institute asks that each student upload transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Often (though it varies and is subject to change) this includes a GPA requirement of 3.0.
- Letters of Recommendation: Graduate applicants should also submit at least two letters of recommendation. These may be professional or academic
- Portfolio Requirements: Most graduate programs at Pratt require a portfolio to apply. This could include writing samples, design work, or other types of art relevant to your program.
- GRE Scores: Several programs require GRE scores, including Art Education, Art History, Architecture, and the dual major Art History/Library Science program. Follow up with your preferred program to learn more.
- Resume: Resume requirements—including the type of experience they might be looking for on said resume—tend to vary by subject and degree. Follow up with your selected program to verify if and how this applies to you.
Enrollment, Attendance, Retention Rates and Graduation
Graduate attendance rate of 16% part-time and 84% full-time
For the years 2017-2018 Pratt Institute-Main awarded: 40 associates, 602 bachelor's degrees, 500 master's degrees
Pratt Institute holds regional accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and is chartered to confer degrees by the State of New York. Additional organizations issuing programmatic accreditation include:
- National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
- Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association (ALA)
- Education Approval Board of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA)
- American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA)
- Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
- Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
- Commission of the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA)
- Planning Accreditation Board
- The school is full of many supportive people who genuinely care for each other. You just really need to join something that interests you and then you'll be able to find some great friends. People seem very chill for it being considered a top university. Definitely a calmer atmosphere compared to schools like Stanford and Berkeley.
- The university provides the best of both academics opportunities as well as extracurricular activities in order to help their students explore and/or grow their skills on a specific or variety of fields. Their goal is to get their students involved in what they love in order to grow and expand the students knowledge.
- Overall, I love being a student at USC. On campus, I am a research assistant, a newspaper writer, and a dancer on the competitive hip-hop team. I've met a wide variety of students at USC, some who astound me with their intelligence and hobbies. I love talking to my professors during their office hours. The downsides to being a USC student is that a lot of things are inordinately expensive, the tuition keeps rising (unnecessarily), and the area around it is not super nice.
- Pratt Institute: New York City, NY144 West 14th Street, Manhatten, 10011
- Pratt Institute: Brooklyn, NY200 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11205
If you’re looking for a graduate school to foster your creative potential while helping you develop important career skills, Pratt Institute might be the school for you. With many different graduate degree and certificate programs in five schools—including dual degree programs, whatever your artistic passion, you might be able to pursue it here.
Program Highlights: Pratt Institute School of Design
Students at the Pratt School of Design don’t only get access to Pratt’s breadth of experience and the support of their instructors. They also have the opportunity for hands-on experience in cutting-edge facilities in the Juliana Curran Terian Design Center. This was designed to provide students with the space, tools and materials they need, no matter which design discipline they’re pursuing.
The School of Design offers several unique graduate programs, each geared toward a different type of design career. Those include:
- Communications Design (MFA or MS)
- MS Package Design
- Industrial Design
- Global Innovation Design
- Interior Design MFA