Interior Design M.S.
By teaching skills, values, and professional knowledge to talented and motivated students from diverse cultural, professional, and educational backgrounds, the Interior Design Department's M.S. program enriches the profession of Interior Design. The department’s educational community encourages philosophical explorations, ethical responsibility, aesthetic expressions, and practical applications. Graduates are competent professionals as demonstrated in part by their ability to conceive, problem solve, develop, and complete any given project. With a ﬁrm commitment to social and environment al responsibility, the department strives to create interior designers who effectively contribute to the enhancement of function, health, safety, and quality of the human environment.
- Students are able to identify and explore complex problems in the realm of the interior, and generate creative solutions that integrate an understanding of sustainable practice, material research, environmental quality, aesthetics, and changing technologies.
- Students acquire proficiency in digital and analog technologies as well as oral and written communication necessary to develop a body of professional level work that communicates design issues and intent.
- Students demonstrate a high level of problem solving in the design of interior environments, cognizant of current issues and developments affecting design study and practice, as well as a critical understanding of the global cultural history and context affecting the interior environment.
- Students develop a significant body of work, culminating in an independent thesis project that is rigorous in both conception and execution, demonstrates a synthetic understanding of the knowledge and skills acquired during the course of study, and connects interior design to larger issues of inhabitation, cities and society.
Applicants with an undergraduate degree in interior design, architecture, or other closely related design fields are eligible for the 48 credit two-year graduate program. A portfolio is required (See guidelines for submission below). A two semester Qualifying Program of an additional 20 credits is required for applicants whose undergraduate backgrounds are unrelated to interior or architecture but whose applications indicate a strong aptitude for graduate study. These students complete 68 credits in three years. It should be noted that applicants to the Qualifying Program are not required to submit a portfolio. We do encourage applicants to the Qualifying Program to submit a portfolio of work from other disciplines and interest such as fine arts, fashion, industrial design or communications design.
Portfolios (15-25 images) may be submitted in several ways: (1) Upload at https://pratt.slideroom.com - strongly preferred (2) CD-ROM or prints: A CD-ROM with a PowerPoint presentation of portfolio or 8.5" x 11" hard copies may be submitted demonstrating skills from previous education and/or professional experience. Students applying to the three-year graduate program who do have work to show may submit it according to the formats above Interviews and tours of the department are recommended when possible. Students requesting an interview should contact the department directly at 718 636-3630. A TOEFL score of 600 (paper), 250 (computer) or 100 (internet) is required of international students.
Requirements for MS Interior Design, 2012
Semester 1Take the following Qualifying courses unless exempt.
INT-601 Qualifying Design I
INT-631 Color And Materials I
INT-606 Qualifying Arch Drawing
Semester 2Take these Qualifying courses unless exempt.
INT-602 Qualifying Design II
INT-604 Qualifying Construction
INT-560 CADD I: Autocad
Semester 3Complete these courses.
INT-621 DESIGN I
INT-623 CONSTRUCTION I
INT-625 PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES
HD-609 HISTORY OF INTERIOR DESIGN
Semester 4Complete these courses.
INT-622 DESIGN II
INT-624 CONSTRUCTION II
INT-698 DIRECTED RESEARCH (REQUIRED FOR THESIS)
HD-610 HISTORY OF INTERIOR DESIGN
Semester 5Complete these courses plus 3 elective credits if INT-699A is taken. Complete these courses plus 1 elective credit if INT-671 is taken.
INT-699A THESIS I OR
INT-671 EXHIBITION DESIGN I
INT-632 COLOR AND MATERIALS II
INT-633 LIGHTING DESIGN I
INT-561 CADD II: 3D MAX
Semester 6Complete these courses plus 4 elective credits if INT-699B is taken. Complete these courses plus 2 elective credits if INT-672 is taken.
INT-699B THESIS II OR
INT-672 EXHIBITION DESIGN II
INT-641 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
HD-506 CONCEPTS OF DESIGN
Please note that all incoming students should take HD-609 their first semester, unless exempted or you are an international student required to fulfill an ICP requirement. Refer to the schedule indicated in your registration materials for more details.