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Program in Fine Arts School of Art and Design Pratt Institute

  • Brooklyn, NY
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 62%38%
    student ratio
  • 104
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 5
    fall application deadline
  • 45%
    acceptance rate
  • 5 Degrees
    degrees offered

Overview

Pratt Institute Awards Fine Arts M.F.A.

Pratt Institute, located in Brooklyn, New York, is one of the nation's top art, architecture, and design schools, and also one of the most selective. Founded in 1887 by American industrialist Charles Pratt, Pratt Institute offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs that include architecture, graphic design, industrial design, fashion design, interior design, digital arts, illustration, creative writing, and library and information science.

Pratt Institute is known for its superior studio and technical facilities, diverse student population, and world-class faculty . The school is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), a consortium of 36 private art schools in the United States.

Student population currently totals about 4,700. Pratt students come from all 50 states and 60 countries. "U.S. News and World Report" ranked the graduate fine arts program at Pratt Institute among the top graduate schools in the nation.

Fine Arts M.F.A. is Broad-Based Interdisciplinary Study for Artists

Pratt Institute's Master's Degree in Fine Arts -- Fine Arts M.F.A. -- is offered through the School of Art and Design's Graduate Department of Fine Arts.

The Fine Arts M.F.A. program provides a broad range of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary graduate studies within the category of fine arts, with areas of emphasis offered in painting/drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, and new forms (non-traditional investigations).

The program allows artists to master all aspects of studio practice through a combination of rigorous critical discourse in the liberal arts and humanities, a variety of studio and technical electives, collaborations, and concentrated studies in their selected area of emphasis.

The Fine Arts M.F.A. is distinct from other Master of Fine Arts degrees awarded by Pratt that focus expressly on the study and applications of specific disciplines such as communications design, digital arts, and architecture.

Academic Requirements for the Fine Arts M.F.A.

Students in the Fine Arts M.F.A. degree program must complete 2 semesters of coursework in their area of emphasis and 1 year of work on a thesis in their area of emphasis, including a written thesis statement and a solo graduate exhibition in the Pratt Institute graduate galleries.

Degree requirements include 9 credits in art criticism/history and 6 credits in liberal arts. Twenty-seven elective credits may be used for a variety of interdisciplinary, studio, or technical courses in any graduate level studio class at Pratt. All full-time Fine Arts M.F.A. degree students who are taking 12 credits are guaranteed a studio for 4 consecutive semesters.

M.S./Fine Arts M.F.A. Dual Degree

The Graduate Department of Fine Arts also offers a dual degree option in which students can earn a Master of Science in Theory, Criticism, and History of Art, Design, and Architecture in combination with a Fine Arts M.F.A. degree.

Another option allows students to earn an M.S. in Library Science and Information/Digital Arts degree in tandem with a Fine Arts M.F.A. degree.

Distinguished Faculty and Alumni

Pratt Institute faculty members are practicing professional artists, designers, critics, and historians who bring real world experience and conceptual ideation into the classroom and studio. They are known for their generous interaction with students, respect for achievement of craft, and dedication to fostering the cultivation of the individual as an artist.

Pratt faculty members have been recognized with more than 18 Tiffany, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Awards. Among the distinguished faculty are fine arts department chairperson Donna Moran, a printmaker and painter whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions in Australia, Spain, and South America.

Well-known Pratt Institute alumni include animator Joseph Barbera; cartoonists Jules Pfeiffer and Dave Berg; pop artist Peter Max; fashion designers Vera Maxwell, Betsey Johnson, and Jeremy Scott; photographer Robert Mapplethorpe; and sculptor Boaz Vaadia.

Facilities, Resources, and Career Links

State-of-the-art computer facilities support the Fine Arts M.F.A. curriculum and all of the programs at Pratt Institute. Facilities also include a number of galleries that exhibit the work of students, alumni, faculty, and other well-known artists and designers throughout the academic year.

Pratt's Brooklyn Campus Library, an historical landmark built in 1896, was the first fully automated academic library in the New York City area. Its art and architecture collection contains approximately 208,000 volumes, 500 periodical and newspaper subscriptions, 66,000 slides, 190,000 pictures, 50,000 microforms, and 45,000 governmental documents.

The Manhattan Campus Library houses more than 200,000 volumes of print materials, including more than 600 periodicals, rare books, and the college archives. Pratt students may also access collections in nearby public and college libraries.

Also available exclusively to students and alumni is PrattPro, an online database that lists jobs, internships, and mentors.

Financial Aid at Pratt

Pratt Institute offers financial support to help students fulfill their education goals. Financial assistance can include grants, loans, work-study opportunities, or scholarships. In addition, tuition management programs are available to help students pay in installments over time.

Financial awards are based on need and academic ability. To apply for need-based aid including student loans, students should complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan

Pratt Institute is situated on 25 beautiful acres in the historic Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, New York. Its Manhattan campus, located in on 14th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, houses the Graduate School for Information and Library Science, and also the graduate programs in Communications and Package Design, Design Management, and Arts and Cultural Management.

Both campuses are accessible to public transit lines and regional trains and Pratt offers access to housing options for graduate students who want to live on or close to campus. An additional satellite campus is located in Utica, New York.


Location & Contact

Program in Fine Arts

School of Art and Design
Pratt Institute

200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205-3899
United States

Deborah Bright

Chairperson

Phone: 718-636-3634
Email: dbright2@pratt.edu

Ms. Young Hah

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 718-636-3683
Fax: 718-399-4242
Email: yhah@pratt.edu

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Photography Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
    • Sculpture Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
    • New Forms Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
    • Painting And Drawing Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
    • Printmaking Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 59
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Required and exhibit
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

45% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 280
    • Accepted 126
    • Acceptance Rate 45
    • Enrolled 49
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $90
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 5th January 5th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st October 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesportfolio, letters of recommendation
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students104
    • Female Percentage62%
    • Male Percentage38%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students104
    • Part-time Percentage10%
    • Full-time Percentage90%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian81%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian7%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown-1%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty91
    • Full-time Percentage10%
    • Part-time Percentage90%
    • Female Percentage46%
    • Male Percentage54%


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