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Pratt Institute

Program in Interior Design

Brooklyn, NY


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Top Interior Design Program in the U.S.

The Pratt Institute graduate program in interior design is the top ranked program in the nation, according to the "U.S. News and World Report" Guide to America's Best Graduate Schools and the "Design Intelligence" professional survey.

Many companies come to Pratt every year to interview students for internships and permanent positions. Interior design alumni are employed by firms such as the Switzer Group, Bloomingdales, Herman Miller, Chase Manhattan Bank, and Doral Hotels.

An Architectural Orientation

The graduate interior design program at Pratt is notable in that it employs an architectural orientation with an emphasis on spatial design, rather than on surface embellishment. Students learn to consider the effects of space on the human spirit and take required courses in subjects such as design, construction, exhibition design, color and materials, lighting design, and computer aided design and drafting (CADD).

A Practical, Well-rounded Educational Approach

Students tackle design projects in commercial, institutional, contract hospitality, health care, and residential work. They are also encouraged to pursue eclectic elective coursework from any department in Pratt Institute. Internship opportunities are an integral part of the Pratt graduate interior design education as well.

A Choice of Thesis Options

There are several options available for the student culminating thesis program in the final year. The traditional track may take the form of a significant and complex design project or an academic research-oriented study of emerging issues and problems. An alternative track is the Exhibition Design Intensive which offers students a 1-year immersion in exhibition design.

Technical Proficiency Required

Incoming students are required to have a certain level of technical proficiency. To that end, Pratt offers a summer class that develops students' skills in various drawing media and equipment; freehand sketching, and orthographic projection (plans, sections, elevations). Other topics include line weights and types, symbols, scale and dimensions, lettering, presentation and rendering techniques, and 3D drawing (perspective and isometric projection).

Accomplished Faculty

Pratt's interior design faculty members are accomplished practicing professionals with varied backgrounds and interests.

Of note is Professor Jon Otis, a Pratt teacher for over a decade, was recognized by "Design Intelligence" as one of the Most Admired Educators. Mr. Otis' work has been widely published in magazines and design journals. He has worked with such diverse corporate clients as Nike, Mercedes North America, Calvin Klein, Esprit, Tandus Carpets, Metro Furniture, and Wolf Gordon Wallcoverings. His professional focus areas include interior architectural design, exhibition design, product design, and visual and sensory communication design.

Adjunct Associate Professor Jack Travis is another acclaimed professional on Pratt's interior design faculty. Mr. Travis' interests include building awareness of the contributions of "Black Culture" to environmental design and African-American participation in the interior design field. His well-known clients have included Spike Lee and Wesley Snipes for residential design, and Giorgio Armani SPA for commercial design.

Commitment to Sustainability

Pratt Institute has made a determined commitment to sustainability and, as such, has been recognized by The Princeton Review and the United States Green Building Council as one of 286 "Green Colleges."

Pratt interior design students have been featured in a design community online publication for creating the first green residence hall room. The students had renovated the kitchen, bathroom, and living area, which were outfitted with energy-efficient lighting, new storage and shelving options, and new furniture using wood from the original residence hall.

On a campus-wide scale, Pratt is working to reduce its greenhouse gases by 30 percent, develop plans for a carbon neutral campus, build campus-wide intelligence around sustainability, and ensure that ecological literacy becomes a central tenet of design education.

Small Class Sizes within a Diverse Setting

Students at Pratt benefit from small class sizes -- with an average class ratio of 9:1 -- combined with the academic variety afforded by the second largest independent college of art, design, and architecture in the United States. Pratt Institute in total serves approximately 4,150 students across four different schools; the graduate school itself is home to about 1,230 students.

Green Urban Campus, Conveniently Located

Pratt is located in Clinton Hill, on a 25-acre campus of green lawns, trees, and historic buildings in a premier renovated Victorian neighborhood in Brooklyn. Students can enjoy a traditional campus experience while being just 25 minutes from midtown Manhattan.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

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

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 51

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
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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Tuition & Fees

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
Career or field-related internships
Federal Work-Study
Financial support for part-time students

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 1.47%
Black or African American 1.47%
White or Caucasian 14%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 8.82%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 2.21%
Unknown Not Reported


Male (14%)
Female (85%)

Location & Contact

Address 200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY  11205
United States
Contact David Foley
Phone: 718-636-3630
Fax: 718-636-3410

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