Graduate Preparatory Courses
Program II Graduate Preparatory (GP) Courses offered through CCPS
Prospective students who wish to gain admission to Pratt's Masters in Industrial Design (MID) Program with minimal or no prior experience in the field are encouraged to take the Graduate Preparatory (GP) courses offered through Pratt's Center for Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS). The GP courses are not for credit; they are not required for acceptance to Pratt's Masters in Industrial Design Program, nor do they guarantee acceptance into the program. However, they can help students gain insight into Pratt's MID Program and prepare for future graduate design studies. GP courses are offered in the Fall, Spring and Summer sessions. For more information and permission to take the GP courses, you may contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator/Assistant Chair of ID.
3D Design /Model-making (GP)
Intended as a primer for the Graduate Preparation classes for those who are interested in gaining admission to a graduate industrial design program, the primary focus of this class is to introduce students to the elements of three-dimensional design, as well as numerous types of hand-built models used by industrial designers. By way of in-class demonstrations and hands-on assignments, students will become familiar with a range of materials, tools and techniques, and will produce portfolio-ready models. Topics include: Basic principles of three-dimensional composition, form analysis, abstraction, ideation techniques and model-making skills.
Drawing for Product Design (GP)
Intended for those who are interested in gaining admission to a graduate industrial design program, this course will help you develop your drawing skills to a level that will allow you to quickly and accurately visualize your ideas. The course will culminate in presentation drawings, which can be valuable additions to a portfolio. Topics include: two- and three-point perspective; ideation through freehand sketching techniques; presentation techniques; introduction to marker rendering and mixed media.
Product Design (GP)
Intended for those interested in gaining admission to Pratt's graduate industrial design program, this course introduces you to product design, with a workload similar to a graduate-level course (average 8-14 hours per week).
You are given weekly assignments with an emphasis on creative problem solving, lateral thinking, conveying ideas quickly, visual presentation, and model-making techniques. You are taken through multiple design problems culminating in several finished models. Topics include: what designers do and how they do it; critical thinking and theory; the design process; manufacturing processes; modeling and prototype techniques.
Product Design: Portfolio Development and Design (GP)
Intended for those interested in gaining admission to Pratt's graduate industrial design program, this class will give students an opportunity to fine tune projects that they have developed through other coursework and bring together into a final portfolio that can be used for application to the Industrial Design program at Pratt or for job applications in the industry. The class will culminate in a completed portfolio that can be used for application to Pratt's Industrial Design program or for job applications in the industry. Topics include: how to tell the story of their design process, the basics of page and book layout, choosing appropriate typography, simple photography technique, how to scan flat work, basic Adobe Illustrator skills, basic Adobe Photoshop skills, and basic book binding and presentation techniques.
- Download a current course catalog (in PDF format) from the CCPS website
- Register for courses
- See admissions website for application requirements and how to apply
Industrial Design Department Contact Information:
Acting Assistant Department Chairperson
Graduate Admissions Coordinator