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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 4,800. Pratt students come from 48 states and over 80 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 integrated practices (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 Deborah Bright. Her photographic projects have been exhibited internationally and her photographs are included in the collections of the Whitney Museum , National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian; Addison Gallery of American Art; Fogg Art Museum; Boston Athenaeum; Rose Art Museum; University Art Museum at Binghamton University; California Museum of Photography and the RISD Museum of Art.

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, 3,000 film and video titles and 45,000 governmental documents. The Visual Resources Center has a collection of more than 120,000 circulating architecture, art and design digital images.

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
Pratt Institute

200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205-3899
United States

Jane South


Phone: 718-636-3634

Natalie Capannelli

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 718-636-3551
Fax: 718-399-4242

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Art/Fine Arts Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 36
    • 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 Thesis Required and exhibit
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


48% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 343
    • Accepted 167
    • Acceptance Rate 48
    • Enrolled 46
  • 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 *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • 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 Students88
    • Female Percentage60%
    • Male Percentage40%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students88
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American7%
    • White / Caucasian35%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian6%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races-1%
    • Unknown or International Student47%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Female PercentageNot Reported
    • Male PercentageNot Reported




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