Introduction to the Pratt Institute
Pratt Institute is one of the leading schools of art, design, and architecture in the country, and is recognized internationally for the quality of its faculty, students, and professional programs. Pratt has been educating professionals for productive careers since its founding in 1887.
A Wide Variety of Graduate Programs at Pratt
Pratt offers master's degrees in a variety of programs, including: MFA degrees in painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, integrated practices; MFA in Digital Arts, communication design, and interior design; MA degrees in art and design education, and history of art and design, MS in package design, dance/movement therapy; Master of Industrial Design (MID); and MPS degrees in art therapy, arts and cultural management, and design management.
Pratt Institute's Research Facilities
The main Pratt Library contains: 186,589 bound volumes, serial back files, and other material (including government documents); 251,603 audiovisual materials; 3,996 microforms; and subscriptions to 925 periodicals.
Pratt maintains numerous studios, shops, and technical facilities for work in all media as well as computer facilities, and digital video and audio labs. Pratt also has extensive gallery space for exhibitions.
A new digital arts lab is under construction for research in the digital arts.
Faculty of Practicing Professionals at Pratt
Pratt's faculty includes award-winning practicing professionals who bring high standards and current practices to the classroom, and often connect students with internships and jobs. Faculty members have received numerous Tiffany, Fulbright, and Guggenheim awards as well as other prestigious professional awards.
Renowned artists, architects, and designers are invited to participate in Pratt's Presidential Lecture series held several times a year on the Pratt campus in Brooklyn, New York. The Architecture School hosts its own lecture series with renowned architects each year as well.
Financial Aid for Pratt's Graduate Students
Financial aid awards are offered through a variety of institutional, state, and federally funded programs. These include the Graduate Scholarships awarded by departments on the basis of merit, endowed scholarships awarded by departments, Federal Perkins Loan and Federal Work-Study Programs, the Tuition Assistance Program of New York State, and Pratt loans and student employment.
Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to continuing students in all departments. Special alumni-sponsored fellowships are also available.
Costs of Study at Pratt: Tuition, Fees, and Books
Tuition for 2018-2019 is $32,004 per year (18 credits, $1,778 per credit) and student fees are $1,980 per year. The cost of books and supplies varies, depending on the program in which the student is enrolled.
Living and Housing Costs at the Pratt Institute
Campus housing has been expanded to meet students' needs and apartment-style residence halls are available to graduate students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Housing costs average $23,310 (room and board) per academic year.
There is a plentiful supply of moderately priced rentals in the immediate area for those students choosing to reside off campus.
Top Ranked Programs at Pratt
Pratt's graduate programs are typically very highly ranked.Pratt's interior design program ranked among the top 10 in the country according to America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools 2018 by DesignIntelligence. Pratt's graduate program in Interior Design ranked first in the country by DesignIntelligence 2016-17 and first in the East Coast 2016.
A Diverse Student Body at Pratt Institute
Pratt's international reputation attracts about 1,400 talented and dedicated undergraduate and graduate students annually from 48 states and more than 80 countries. Backgrounds vary widely since many of Pratt's graduate programs are appropriate for students looking for career change, including the M.Arch first professional degree, industrial design, interior design, communications design, and library and information science among others.
Pratt Is Located in Brooklyn, New York
Pratt Institute's beautifully landscaped 25-acre, park-like main campus is situated among the turn-of-the-century mansions, Victorian brownstones, and wide, tree-lined boulevards of Clinton Hill, one of Brooklyn's landmark designated historic neighborhoods.
Manhattan, the heart of New York City, is only 25 minutes away by subway and offers students a vast array of professional, cultural, and recreational opportunities.
Pratt also has another campus in Manhattan's Chelsea district. "Pratt Manhattan" houses the Institute's graduate programs in arts and cultural management, communications/packaging design, design management, facilities management, and library and information science.
Applying to Pratt
The deadline for applications and all supporting materials, including portfolio, is January 5 for all programs except design management and arts and cultural management, which have a March 1 deadline.
Applicants must submit the online application found at Pratt's Web site. All requirements are found there as well. Early submission of applications with all necessary credentials is highly desirable.
Applications and all supporting documents should be received no later than January 5 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. Applications received after these dates are considered if openings exist in a particular program.
The TOEFL is required of all students whose first language is not English. Students with four-year degrees from a US institution are not required to take the TOEFL.
The GRE is required for the M.Arch first professional degree, art history, and the joint degree in art history and library science.
The financial aid deadline is February 1.
Degrees & Awards
|Master's Degree Requirements||Portfolio or video, letters of recommendation|
TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 79
Tuition & Fees
|Financial award applicants must submit:||FAFSA|
|Application deadlines for financial awards||February 1|
|Types of financial support available||
Health Care Benefits
Scholarship and/or loans
|Black or African American||Not Reported|
|White or Caucasian||16%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||Not Reported|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||Not Reported|
|Two or more races||Not Reported|