PRATT Undergrad Majors

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Pratt is….

  • one of the world’s multicultural epicenters for arts, culture, design, and business
  • on a 25-acre campus in Brooklyn, a creative hub in the midst of a renaissance
  • a living lab of craft and culture
  • consistently ranked among the best in the country
  • full of faculty that include the most renowned artists, designers, and scholars in their fields
  • an excellent school with a interdisciplinary curriculum that promotes collaborative and creative strategies for design thinking and provides students with unparalleled training facilities

School of Architecture

Architecture B. ARCH

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Visual Arts & Design Classes
Monday through Saturday 10-2 & 3-7 


Portfolio: A visual or writing portfolio is required for all majors but construction management. Portfolios must be submitted at View Portfolio Requirements.
Visual Portfolio: The visual portfolio should consist of 12-20 pieces of your best work. It should consist of a variety of media and approaches. It can include assignment-based projects, self-directed work or pieces of a collaborative nature. The portfolio does not need to be major-specific and can include any type of work including paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, etc. In addition, students must submit three to five observational drawings. Examples of observational work include landscape, still-life, self-portrait, figure drawings, and interior spaces. Please do not include work that copies photographs, uses the grid system or directly replicates any other artist’s work (including replicating anime drawings, cartoons, or video game character designs).



Apply to Pratt

Deadlines and application checklist



Freshman Deadlines
Early Action Deadline (non-binding): November 1.
Regular decision deadline: January 5.
Early action decisions are mailed by end-December.
Regular decision decision packets are mailed by April 1.

Transfers: Application deadline: February 1. Decisions for transfers are mailed as they are completed beginning March 1.

Associate’s degree applicants
Priority deadline: January 5. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Decisions are mailed on a rolling basis.


Application Deadlines
September 1 (international applicants).
October 1 (US citizens and permanent residents) Decisions mailed mid-late November.
Associate’s degree applicants: October 1.

Programs Open for Spring Entrance

Freshmen: Pratt is accepting freshmen for associate degrees, BA in Art History, and Construction Management.
Transfers: all programs but architecture
Associate’s: open to all freshmen and transfers

Undergraduate Application Requirements


  1. Online Application (online required) with fee of $50; international applicant fee is $90. The online application is here.
  2. Official transcript from your last high school attended (as long as it includes any prior years at other high schools). If it does not, you must submit official transcripts from any schools not included. If you took the GED, you must submit official scores in addition to transcripts. Transcripts should be sent by your school either by mail or by using Naviance to submit electronically. The mailing address is below.
  3. SAT Results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT 1) or the American College Testing Program (ACT) with writing. International applicants, see item #7 below.
  4. Optional letter of recommendation. This is not required. If you still wish to submit a recommendation, a reference form is downloadable if your reference prefers a form. Your recommendation must be submitted by mail by the recommender.
  5. Portfolio: A visual or writing portfolio is required for all majors but construction management. Portfolios must be submitted at View Portfolio Requirements.
  6. Essay: The essay question is included in the application. Describe when and how you became interested in art, design, writing, architecture, or the particular major to which you are applying. Describe how this interest has manifested itself in your daily life. The essay must  be 250–500 words.
  7. TOEFL International applicants only whose first language is not English must submit the TOEFL (required score of 79 (internet-based test) for four-year programs and 71 for two-year programs (Associates and PrattMWP), the IELTS (required score of 6.5 for four-year programs and 6.0 for two-year programs), or the PTE (53 for four-year programs and 48 for two-year programs) or the SAT or ACT (no specified minimum). If your first language is English, you may submit the SAT or ACT, but we will also accept the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE. Please have official scores sent by the testing company. Please review international requirements online here.

All materials including portfolio if required must be no later than two weeks after the deadline.

All materials must be sent to:

Pratt Institute
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205


Portfolio Requirements

Ashcan Art’s Pre-College Summer Program 2016

Your portfolio is THE MOST critical component to a College application

Discover your Unique Creative Vision & start/complete an Outstanding Portfolio this Summer

Ashcan Art‘s Pre-College Summer Program 2016



Drawing for BFA admissions – DRAWING CLASS Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11-3 & 4-8


Sculpture for BFA admissions – SCULPTURE CLASS Wednesdays & Thursdays  11-3- & 4-8



Design for BFA admissions – DESIGN CLASS Mondays & Tuesdays  11-3- & 4-8


Model for BFA admissions – ARCHITECTURE Class Saturdays 4-8

 Fashion Design for BFA admissions, FASHION DESIGN Class Mondays 11-3 & 4-8




PRATT BFA Programs



With a concentration in Illustration at Pratt, your education will differ from programs at other schools specifically because it is part of a larger major and not a stand-alone discipline. The advantage of this to our graduates is that they enter the field not only with an excellent grounding in all media, including painting and drawing, but having mastered—in required classes—conceptual thinking, problem solving, typography, and photography, as well as 2- and 3-D design and current computer software. Recommended electives include sequential art, motion graphics, independent publishing, web design, and business classes. Our alumni can—and do—succeed in widely varied careers from advertising and graphic design to film to display to fashion merchandising and children’s books. Our students who choose to concentrate in Illustration are successful, in short, because they are prepared for everything.




With a concentration in Advertising at Pratt you will be charged with conceiving and executing brilliant ideas and strategies that both engage and move consumers to action. You’ll learn what it takes to be an art director in a top advertising agency, and you’ll explore every detail that impacts an ad visually and verbally, from typography to photography to copywriting to digital and video applications. A faculty of award-winning and seasoned industry professionals will help you develop your own unique creative process and teach you how to communicate clearly and conceptually. They’ll work with you on the branding process, utilizing the potential of new media, and developing strategic insights that will make your portfolio stand out from the crowd. If you’re an artistically inclined dreamer who sees no limit to the power and potential of an idea, Advertising may be the course of study and the career for you.


With a concentration in Graphic Design at Pratt, you will learn to balance the conceptual problem-solving and technical skills required to craft effective and impactful messages, design systems, artifacts, and experiences and express ideas and solutions across all media platforms. From the design of an app, an identity or a website to package and signage systems, graphic designers integrate all elements into meaningful and effective communication. As our major Communications Design embodies convergent disciplines, students are educated to translate form to content and develop, filter and strengthen that content through required advertising, illustration and imaging courses. Pratt graphic designers are nimble; alumni of the program are successful design practitioners as well as authors and authorities in their chosen disciplines.

Pratt’s undergraduate Communications Design department is a multi-disciplinary studio where students from each area of concentration engage and challenge each other, developing their own approaches to a variety of solutions. Their career paths are many and varied with success and fulfillment as the common denominator. If your goal is to develop your own creative voice rather than to be a part of a chorus, Communications Design at Pratt is the major for you.



The Ceramics Curriculum allows majors at Pratt to investigate the exciting, diverse, and extraordinary uses of clay as a medium. Among the most ancient of artistic and practical materials, clay is infinitely malleable and transformational. Mined from nature, as well as made synthetically, clays can be molded, built, extruded, thrown on the wheel, fired, glazed, painted on, printed on, and used in very unique ways by artists. While objects and vessels are the most common products associated with ceramics, contemporary ceramists create installations, architectural environments, sculptures, and ceramic paintings. There are no limits to the possibilities of this amazing material and every artistic skill is called upon in its use.


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Drawing is a universal impulse that defines what is fundamentally human. Animals were drawn on cave walls over twenty millennia ago and today we still see drawing’s influence in every form of visual and spatial expression. Pratt’s undergraduate Drawing curriculum encompasses the full range of mark-making, from traditional practices to the latest technologies. As Drawing majors, students will be challenged to explore all possibilities of what a drawing can be and which conceptual approaches, tools, and techniques best convey their ideas and intentions.


Pratt Institute is uniquely positioned as the only school in New York City to offer a comprehensive concentration in jewelry and metalsmithing, leading to a bachelor’s of fine arts degree. The undergraduate Jewelry curriculum in Pratt’s Department of Fine Arts embraces all aspects of design, creativity, fabrication, and social responsibility in jewelry and metalsmithing. Its highly qualified and award-winning professors bring a diversity of knowledge and experience to students. The cross-disciplinary approach to learning fully prepares students for higher education, industry positions, and entrepreneurial pursuits.




Painting is the largest area of emphasis within the Department of Fine Arts at Pratt. In the Painting curriculum students will develop a sense of purpose while learning to express ideas effectively in a visual language and developing a mature studio practice. The undergraduate painting curriculum intentionally embraces diverse styles and working methods that range from direct observation from life and working from photographs to making work entirely driven by abstract ideas. Such diverse approaches are reflected in the work of Pratt’s award-winning professors, all of who are active in the New York art world. Through training in the skilled use of materials and focused discussions in the histories and critical traditions of painting, students will graduate well prepared to advance their careers as young artists.


Our Printmaking curriculum is routed in how the print, from its earliest form, has been a way to document, communicate, and disperse information both written and visual. The Printmaking Concentration at Pratt Institute promotes the exploration of visual representation through the medium of print as a primary art form. The program’s structure is based in the traditional mediums of relief, intaglio, lithography, and silkscreen while encouraging the use of photo processes, digital, and alternative methods. The studio courses foster imaginative approaches in addressing formal, technical, and conceptual creative problems. Course work is augmented by offsite visits to the abundance of print collections, collaborative studios, museums, and galleries that NYC offers. The Printmaking Faculty consists of recognized artists who encourage our print majors to explore the medium of print, the form it takes, and their own vision with conceptual and theoretical rigor.


Sculpture majors at Pratt explore a multitude of mediums, techniques, and ideas reflective of contemporary practices in a dynamic learning environment. The Sculpture Curriculum is built around core studio and elective courses that investigate diverse conceptual approaches, mediums, and processes. Students have access to extensive Wood, Metal, and Ceramic studios/shops as well as advanced digital and alternative mediums. The curriculum builds progressively toward mastery of concepts, processes, and tools so that by the senior year, students are working independently in their own studios, developing their most advanced work within a course structure of public presentations, individual, and group critiques. The graduation year culminates in a BFA Thesis exhibition on the Pratt Campus that is open to the public.


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In its most basic sense, Industrial Design is a field of artists, designers, and inventors who create the objects we live with every day-from toothbrushes to jumbo jets, from cameras to computers. At Pratt, abstraction and pragmatism coexist. Common design abstractions include line, plane, color, form, structure, and volume. To these we add the principles of accessibility, responsibility, and enlightenment. Accessibility underscores everyone’s right to access everything all the time. In this carefully balanced environment, tempered by reality and vision, students are encouraged to design the everyday forms of the next century.


Students in this concentration explore computer-human interaction to convey meaning in the form of physical installations, interactive objects, and online artworks. This includes the combination of video, animation, text, audio, and imagery in an interactive environment. Recommended electives include courses in sculpture, history of new media, programing, interactive installation, online media, robotics, electronic music, and sound. 


Pratt’s Digital Arts major includes animation (both 3-D and 2-D) and interactive arts as concentrations in its BFA in Digital Arts. Students develop their artistic sensibilities through the study of the theory, practice and history of new media. Working closely with highly accomplished faculty, students apply contemporary practices in the fine arts, independent animation and creative industries to the production of digital animation, motion arts and interactive artworks. Students are expected to integrate their required studies in the liberal arts and sciences into the development of substantive artworks. Bachelors emerge prepared for graduate study or professional work and are poised to make meaningful and culturally responsible contributions in the digital arts.

In Pratt’s Department of Digital Arts, undergraduates will develop aesthetic sophistication, digital craftsmanship, conceptual sophistication related to digital media and an understanding of the potential of art and technology. Graduates demonstrate an expertise in their discipline, a unique voice in their medium and knowledge of historical works in art and technology. Students also learn to create professional documentation and presentation skills to launch their careers in the Digital Arts. This 134-credit program may be completed in four calendar years.

Undergraduates study in one of three Digital Arts Concentrations:


Fashion education at Pratt Institute is trans-disciplinary in nature, closely allied with illustration, photography, film, performance, visual studies, and material culture. The practice of fashion is taught as one’s cultural embodiment within a social framework and learned through rigorous attention to production, craft, and contemporary aesthetics. Students build a vision and a language through conceptual processes, emphasizing curiosity, imagination, improvisation, and play. They communicate that vision through proficiency in construction and illustration skills, fluency with materials, traditional techniques, and digital technologies as well as synthesis of germane research. Interdisciplinary and collaborative classroom opportunities set the program apart, offering students tools and creative engagement beyond the fashion milieu. 






Interior Design at Pratt provides the ultimate learning environment—New York City, interior design capital of the United States—as well as a challenging course of study for students preparing themselves for a career in a field with enormous possibilities and potential. It is widely acknowledged that interior design education, as it is taught across the United States, began at Pratt. Our alumni have made significant contributions to the quality and character of our our built environment for decades and it is certain that tomorrow’s graduates will continue to make an environmentally mindful impact on our culture and sense of place.


The Department of Photography is committed to the education of artist and professionals. The curriculum is designed to create a broad-based knowledge of photography from traditional photographic techniques to the digital darkroom, including aesthetics, history, and artistic and professional practice. The student moves from a highly structured program in the sophomore year to a more self-determined program in the senior year. The program culminates in an individual exhibition as well as a senior group show at a gallery in DUMBO, a center of contemporary art in New York City. Students leave Pratt having had the experience of curating, hanging, and promoting their own exhibit, in addition to a finished portfolio of their work. This approach is intended to facilitate the transition from student to independent artist/professional.

PRATT BFA Admissions


  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Official High School transcript
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Essay
  • Portfolio

Deadline: February 1

Pratt Institute
Office of Admissions
200 Willoughby Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205



  1. Online Application
  2. Fee of $50; international applicant fee is $90
  3. Official transcript from your last high school attended 
  4. Test Results: SAT, ACT or TOEFL 
  5. Optional letter of recommendation
  6. Portfolio 
  7. Essay



Early Action: November 1 (freshman applicants only) (non-binding)

Regular Admission: January 5 (freshmen)

Transfers: February 1


  • The visual portfolio should consist of a variety of media and approaches. It can include assignment-based projects, self-directed work or pieces of a collaborative nature. 
  • The portfolio does not need to be specific to the discipline to which you are applying.
  • The portfolio must include at least three to five pieces of work from observation. 
  • Applicants should avoid including work that copies photographs, uses the grid system, or directly replicates any other artist’s work (including replicating anime drawings, cartoons, or video game character designs).

All materials must be sent to:

Pratt Institute

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

200 Willoughby Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11205

1. Application Form with Fee: Pratt’s new online application has been activated. All applicants to undergraduate degree programs are advised to complete the Pratt undergraduate online application with the appropriate non-refundable application fee ($50 for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents, $90 for international applicants). Applications should be completed online to expedite processing. Fees may be paid by credit card or electronic check. In cases of extreme financial hardship, applicants may request a fee waiver.

2. Official High School Transcripts: A high school diploma or equivalent is required for admission to all of Pratt Institute’s undergraduate programs. Applicants should request official transcripts from all secondary schools attended and include them with their materials. Applicants who have received a high school equivalency diploma are required to have official High School Equivalency Examination (GED) scores sent to the admissions office in addition to official transcripts from all high schools attended. Students who are taking college-level classes while in high school must have the college send an official transcript to Pratt in order to receive college credit.

International Transcripts: International applicants must submit official transcripts (academic records) of all secondary school studies as well as any post-secondary studies. Applicants also must submit official results of all external examinations. These include: General Certificate of Education, Hong Kong School Certificate of Education, Israeli matriculation or Bagrut, Secondary School Certificates and Baccalaureate Part I and Part II. Transcripts must be translated to English. . If your school cannot provide this, you must have them translated by some other reputable service such as a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( A WES evaluation is not required for secondary school transcripts.

3. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT 1) or American College Testing Program (ACT) Scores: First-time freshmen* applying to any of Pratt’s bachelor degree programs must submit official results from either the SAT or ACT except those applying to the associate’s degree programs. To ensure that we receive scores by our posted deadlines, students should take the tests as early as possible but no later than one month before the application deadline. Please be sure to have your scores sent directly to Pratt. Please do not request that scores be rushed. Pratt recommends that applicants to the Bachelor of Architecture program submit the results of the SAT II Mathematics Level I or II Subject Test. If you applied early action and took the October SATs or ACT, the admissions office will consider your file when we receive the score.

*International students may submit the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE instead of the SAT. International students whose first language is English may be waived from the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE but then must submit the SAT or ACT instead. Students who have been out of high school for five or more years are not required to submit the SAT or ACT but if international must submit a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE.

Pratt Institutional Codes

SAT code is 2669

CLEP code is 2669

AP code is 2669 ACT code is 2862

ACT and SAT test requirements may be waived for any first time freshman applicant who graduated from high school five or more years prior to applying.

4. Letter(s) of Recommendation (optional): Applicants may submit one optional letter of recommendation from teachers or professionals who have direct experience with the applicant’s artistic, academic, and creative potential. Letters should be sent directly to the admissions office. The letter of recommendation is not required and will not show up in the status checklist. 

5. Portfolio Requirements: Pratt requires a visual portfolio for art, design, photography, and architecture applicants and a writing portfolio for the writing program, the BA in Art History, and critical and visual studies. Film applicants may choose one of the options listed below. Architecture applicants with a GPA of 3.7 or higher may waive the portfolio requirement. Both kinds of portfolios are described below. We request that visual and writing portfolios be uploaded at  

First-time Freshman Art, Design, and Architecture Applicants

All first-time freshman art, design, and architecture applicants including photography but not including art history BA applicants must submit a visual portfolio consisting of 12–20 pieces of two-or three-dimensional work, although film/video applicants may instead submit Option 2 below instead. 

Architecture applicants follow the same visual requirements for portfolio except that the portfolio for  architecture applicants with a high school GPA of 3.7 is optional and is automatically waived. 

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Film/Video Applicants: Film/video applicants must choose from either Option 1 or Option 2, but all film/video applicants must submit the writing sample in C below.

Option 1:

A visual portfolio consisting of 12–25 examples of two-or three-dimensional work. The work should consist of a variety of media and approaches; applicants may include a three-minute-maximum video for which the applicant has primary creative control in addition to work in other media. Work may include assignment-based projects, self-directed work or pieces of a collaborative nature. The portfolio does not need to be discipline-specific. The portfolio must include at least three to five pieces of work showing observational drawing; examples might include a landscape, still-life, self-portrait, life drawings, etc. Applicants should avoid including work that copies photographs, uses the grid system, or directly replicates any other artist’s work (including replicating anime drawings, cartoons, or video game character designs). 


Option 2:

Film/Video Portfolio

Visual Sample: Applicants submit either A or B below, and all must submit C (the writing sample).

A) Video: A brief 3–5 minute video in which you had primary creative control. This may be fiction, documentary, or experimental in approach, and it may be silent or include sound, but it must reflect your aesthetic, intellectual, and emotional interests. (May be submitted on Slideroom at


B) Graphic Series: A series of photographs you have taken or drawings you have made which, when viewed in a sequence, tells a simple story, or portrays an original character or place. Include a brief (less than one page) written narrative about the character, place, or story you’ve created. (May be submitted on Slideroom).


C) Writing Sample (All applicants submit C below)

C) A one- to two-page descriptive treatment for a short film. This film contains no dialogue or voiceover but is all communicated through visual images, sound, and character behavior and action. Your film treatment must include at least two locations, one of which is a kitchen. It must also include at least two props, a pen and a jar of peanut butter. All else is up to you. (Should be submitted on Slideroom as a pdf in the Add Media section.)  

How to Submit Your Portfolio. Portfolios must be uploaded at This is the easiest, fastest, and least expensive way to submit your work, and it is required.  

6. Essay: The essay question is part of the application. Describe when and how you became interested in art, design, writing, architecture, or the particular major to which you are applying. Describe how this interest has manifested itself in your daily life. The essay should be 250–500 words.

7. International Applicants: All international applicants whose first language is not English must submit the TOEFL (required score of 550 on paper version for four-year programs and 530 for two-year programs), the IELTS (required score of 6.5 for four-year programs and 6.0 for two-year programs), or the PTE (53 for four-year programs and 48 for two-year programs) or the SAT or ACT (no specified minimum). If your first language is English, you may submit the SAT or ACT, but we will also accept the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE.



  1. Online Application
  2. Fee of $50; international applicant fee is $90
  3. Official transcript from all schools attended (including HIgh School unless you’ve graduated with a four year degree)  
  4. International transcripts.  See WES requirements at international application information.
  5. OEFL, IELTS or PTE test score (international applicants whose first language is not English only). See International Requirements.
  6. Optional letter of recommendation
  7. Portfolio 
  8. Essay


Fall:  February 1

Spring:  October 1. International applicants are asked to apply by September 1 if possible. 

All programs but architecture will accept transfer applicants for spring if students place appropriately for second semester.

Who is a Transfer Applicant? If you have attended a post secondary institution full time (twelve semester hours or the equivalent) for at least one semester or term or will do so prior to enrollment, you are considered a transfer student. If you have or will accumulate at least twelve semester hours (or the equivalent) after graduating from high school and prior to enrollment, you are also considered a transfer student. Applicants who are transfers but apply as freshmen may have their offer of admission rescinded because of different criteria for acceptance. The scholarship will be rescinded and the applicant will be reconsidered for admissions and  a transfer scholarship. If you earned college credit while still enrolled in high school (summer school, pre-college programs, advanced placement, dual enrollment between your high school and a university or community college, etc.) you will be considered a freshman applicant.

Student with College Degrees: If you are considering interior design, industrial design, or graphic design and you have a college degree, you should apply to the graduate programs in those fields. All of these programs consider students without a background in the field. 

Transfer Admissions Requirements

All materials must be submitted within a few weeks after the submission of the application on February 1 if applying for the fall term and October 1 if applying for the spring term. 

Visual Portfolio: The transfer portfolio requirements are the same as the freshman requirements if you have not taken art courses in your previous college or have not taken the foundation year and will enter as a freshman. Instructions for submissions are listed below. Transfer applicants who have taken art courses should include examples of work that reflect all studio experiences at their previous college in order to be reviewed for credit. The portfolios (visual and writing)  must be uploaded at