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Pratt Institute

Program in Communications Design

Brooklyn, NY


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Graduate Communications Design Program at Pratt Institute

The Pratt Institute is one of the top colleges of art, design, and architecture in the world. It is the second largest independent college of art, design, and architecture in the nation and the largest in the northeastern United States. Founded in 1887, Pratt's main campus is located in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, NY. The Pratt Institute also has a Manhattan-based campus that opened more than 40 years ago. Many of the school's graduate programs are offered there including the Graduate Communications Design Program in Pratt's School of Design.

Highly Ranked Graduate Communications Design Program

"U.S. News and World Report" ranks Pratt's Graduate Communications Design Program in the top 10 of more than 200 graduate design programs in the nation. The program offers an M.S. in Package Design; and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Communications Design.

M.F.A. Degree in Communications Design

The M.F.A. in Communications Design program enables students to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Communications Design terminal degree -- the highest academic degree available in communications design. Students select this program for careers in either professional practice or academia. The program approaches design as an agent of change -- a strategy for transforming behaviors of individuals in desirable and sustainable ways. The program's philosophy includes a belief that the most intriguing and effective designers are cultural innovators who use media to inform, persuade, and entertain. The emphasis of the coursework is full-time studio practice in print and digital media, artifacts, information, research and scholarship, and design teaching methodologies. Academic studies of visual media are explored from the perspectives of history, theory, critical analysis, aesthetics, and related humanities and social sciences.

Communications Design Faculty Members Bring Real-World Experience

Communications design graduate students are taught and mentored by more than 25 faculty members of the Graduate Communications Design Department. These faculty members consist of artists, designers, critics, historians, and practitioners. They are recipients of prestigious awards including the Tiffany, Fulbright, and Guggenheim fellowships. Most faculty members have extensive professional practice experience and many hold the highest creative and design positions at some of the world's largest companies and communications agencies. For example, adjunct assistant professor Ann Morris worked for 16 years as Chief Creative Director for TV Guide.

Pratt Institute Alumni Recognized Worldwide

The legacy of design excellence at Pratt is represented through its distinguished alumni. These include Joseph Barbera of Hanna-Barbera fame, the most successful television animation studio in the business. Pratt Institute alumnus Roger Cook created the "Symbol Signs" project for the U.S. Department of Transportation; his firm's familiar international signage, that use universally understood symbols and no words, can be seen at airports and transportation terminals throughout the world.

Portfolio Requirements for Admissions at Pratt Institute

Students seeking admittance into the graduate communications design or packaging design programs at The Pratt Institute must submit a portfolio of work that will be reviewed by an admissions committee. Student portfolios should contain between 12 and 20 work examples in traditional or digital media. The examples may come from personal work, professional assignments, or course assignments completed at the undergraduate or graduate level. A written statement of purpose also must be submitted and is given significant consideration in the admissions evaluation process.

Living On or Off Campus: Brooklyn Makes it Special

Graduate students studying communications or package design at The Pratt Institute do so at the college's School of Art and Design located at Pratt's Brooklyn campus. Graduate student living options range from the Pratt residence community -- including special interest communities -- to a full array of off-campus living opportunities. Graduate students can find assistance for off campus housing through Pratt's Office of Residential Life and Housing. A range of safe, fully-furnished, affordable short term housing options are available along with graduate student in-residence options that can enhance graduate education at Pratt.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 68

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
Application Fee - International
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 5th January 5th No
Spring deadline October 1st October 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements Portfolio, letters of recommendation

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 575
TOEFL IBT score: 90

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards February 1
Types of financial support available Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 1.38%
Black or African American 2.07%
White or Caucasian 6%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 2.76%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races Not Reported
Unknown Not Reported


Male (21%)
Female (78%)


Focus of faculty research: Graphics, film, photography, media presentations, computer graphics for community service organizations
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY  10011
United States
Contact Santiago Piedrafita Iglesias
Phone: 212-687-5313
Fax: 718-399-4495

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