Program in Interior Design School of Design Pratt Institute

Program in Interior Design School of Design Pratt Institute

Brooklyn, NY
location
Private
type
Urban
setting
86%
14%
student ratio
120
total students
Tuition Cost $31,584
$31,584
average amount to complete degree
January 5
fall application deadline
53%
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered

Overview

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.

Two Paths to Earn a Master of Science

Pratt offers 2 paths for earning a Master of Science in interior design: a 2-year program for students with an undergraduate degree in interior design or architecture; and a 3-year option, which includes a 2-semester Qualifying Program for qualified students with undergraduate backgrounds unrelated to interior design or architecture. The Qualifying Program contributes to the diversity of the interior design program by attracting students from all over the world and from a variety of disciplines.

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 by 2017, 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 10:1 -- 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 4,550 students across four different schools; the graduate school itself is home to about 1,400 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.


Location & Contact

Program in Interior Design

School of Design
Pratt Institute

200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205-3899
United States

Anita Cooney

Dean, School of Design

Phone: 718-687-5744
Fax: 718-636-3410
Email: acooney@pratt.edu

Ms. Natalie Capannelli

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 718-636-3551
Fax: 718-636-3670
Email: ncapanne@pratt.edu

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Interior Design Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 60
    • 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
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

53% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 272
    • Accepted 146
    • Acceptance Rate 53
    • Enrolled 37
  • 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, 575 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$31,584
    • *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 Students120
    • Female Percentage86%
    • Male Percentage14%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students120
    • Part-time Percentage2%
    • Full-time Percentage98%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian30%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian8%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown or International Student52%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty65
    • Full-time Percentage5%
    • Part-time Percentage95%
    • Female Percentage48%
    • Male Percentage52%

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