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Pratt Institute

Program in Media Studies

Brooklyn, NY


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Master of Arts in Media Studies

The media studies program at Pratt is an intensive program shaped in relation to Pratt's art/design/architecture environment and to the burgeoning mediascape and lively social space and theoretical scene of Brooklyn and New York City. Classes are small, following seminar and workshop formats, and all classes are taught by professors.

Media emergence is rapidly transforming experience, society, and knowledge. The program is designed to foster the investigation of many of the significant social, political, cultural, economic, and aesthetic questions of the present by drawing both on the historical record of media forms as well as on cutting-edge theory regarding nation, political economy, gender and sexuality, race, aesthetic form, screen studies, and the like. The curriculum emphasizes studies of media, in their various forms, including film, video, television, radio, writing and computer-mediated forms of convergence.

Guided by a diverse faculty, students study the logics and logistics of media and mediation, and explore cultural technologies of expression, representation, and manipulation, along with the aesthetic, economic, and political contexts in which such media operate. They also work on textual analysis, interpretation and semiotics. Students gain expertise in media history, media theory and media practice.

Applications for admission to the Master of Arts in Media Studies are due January 5 for the following fall; the program accepts fall entrants only. Applicants should have a BA, BS, or BFA degree from an accredited institution. Candidates will submit (1) a statement of purpose in which they describe their interest in the program; (2) 10-20 pages of relevant writing sample(s), with emphasis on analytical writing about media; (3) transcripts of undergraduate coursework; and (4) 3 letters of recommendation. All applicants follow the standard admission process for graduate programs at Pratt.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts (MA)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 4

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 BA, BS, or BFA from accredited institution; statement of purpose; 10-20 pages of relevant writing samples; transcripts of undergraduate coursework; three letters of recommendation

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 600
TOEFL IBT score: 100

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 13.33%
Black or African American 13.33%
White or Caucasian 20%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian Not Reported
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 6.67%
Unknown Not Reported


Male (33%)
Female (66%)

Location & Contact

Address 200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY  11205-3899
United States
Contact Mendi Obadike
Phone: 718-636-5771

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