Undergraduate Art & Design Education
The art and design education programs are NYSED “approved teacher preparation programs” and meet the new requirements for New York State Initial Teacher Certification in Visual Arts PreK-12. Undergraduate art and design education is a four year Bachelor of Fine Art program that prepares students to become art and design teachers (PreK-12). The program sequence supports students’ artistic development with the provision of credits for a "core" area of concentration in either art or design in addition to courses in education. Students strive for an inspired artistic practice as well as innovation in their work as educators, in effect graduating with two areas of expertise. Students majoring in Art and Design Education can leave Pratt with New York State Initial Certification, Visual Arts, PreK-12, and are eligible to apply for certification in other states through interstate reciprocity.
The department of Art and Design Education (ADE), drawing students from the worlds of art, design, and architecture, endeavors to be a dynamic and cross-disciplinary department at the forefront of the field, providing a stimulating, challenging and supportive environment for our students, faculty, and staff—passionate educators and learners engaged in teaching, and creative individual and community practice. In the Art and Design Education department, engagement in a range of educational endeavors constitutes a creative process modeled upon and nourished by intensive artistic preparation. Students engage in a variety of fieldwork and student teaching experiences in which personal connection between studio, education, art theory, and classroom practice are made. They can also fashion their own itinerary in a host of alternative careers such as community arts, museum education, design education and arts administration.
The department also has a long and distinguished history of community-based practice. The department’s Saturday Art School has served as a community-based laboratory for teacher training since Pratt’s founding. It serves more than 300 pupils of all ages and backgrounds from Brooklyn’s diverse communities and provides scholarships for many families who have limited resources. In addition, the department provides students with opportunities to teach populations that have the least access to art and design education in community settings such as after-school programs in homeless shelters, museums, and galleries.
Program I-BFA IN ART AND DESIGN EDUCATION
A BFA in Art and Design Education, 134 credits. This program prepares students for certification to teach art or design education at the PreK-12 level, combining rigorous work in art and design education with extensive opportunities for core and elective classes in specific artistic disciplines. Students begin their studies in the foundation year and subsequently continue their core studio classes and their education courses in the department.
Program II-COMBINED DEGREE BFA/MS IN ART & DESIGN EDUCATION
Combined Degree BFA/MS in Art and Design Education, 159 credits. Students accepted to the combined degree in Art and Design Education can earn a BFA and an MS in Art and Design Education in five years (may include summer sessions), and so save time and expense. Students may apply to the program by selecting this option on the freshman or transfer admissions application or by applying in the second semester of the junior year of the undergraduate degree in art and design education.
Students must remain in good academic standing to continue at the graduate level. They will also need to meet all requirements for graduate level study including graduate academic standing requirements (a cumulative GPA of 3.0). Students will be considered for a graduate scholarship, and if they complete the FAFSA, will be packaged for graduate financial aid which consists of loans for the entire cost of attendance for graduate study. Tuition and fees will be charged at the graduate level.
Both the BFA in Art and Design Education and the combined BFA/MS in art and design education lead to New York State Initial Certification in Visual Arts, Pre-K-12.
Acting Chair of Art and Design Education
316 Steuben Hall
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205