The Film/Video Department at Pratt
You can’t escape the moving image—from theaters, television and art galleries, to smart phones, YouTube, building facades, and cabs—movies are everywhere. The magic of cinema that stunned us at its inception is now fully integrated into our daily lives. How can you as a young artist make the most of this moment? How can you explore all the exciting new possibilities of film and video, while still becoming skilled in the relevant traditions?
The Pratt Film/Video program is designed to grow the next generation of innovators in moving image and sound. We offer a solid foundation in the culture, techniques, and processes of filmmaking, with training in both traditional and non-traditional forms. At Pratt, there are no limits. Fiction or non-fiction? Commercial or art world? These may be boundaries you choose to move beyond. Your classes will take you through all modes of film and video (narrative, documentary, alternative), encouraging intellectual cross-fertilization and allowing you to shape your own artistic vision. While our program provides students with professional training in all current technologies, our priority is creative expression.
CURRICULUM + RESOURCES
In our curriculum, award-winning film/video artists and industry professionals teach an exciting range of courses, from the foundational first year "Digital Cinema" sequence, to the culminating "Senior Project," in which students make individual thesis films. Alongside a core curriculum of rigorous required courses, students choose electives, which include contemporary film/video topics as well as interdisciplinary collaborations. For example, consider an elective in "Writing Through Pix + Sound," a non-traditional screenwriting class; or work with Fashion Design students in "Film + Fashion," and explore the rich interaction of costume and the moving image
Access is key. Starting freshman year, students at Pratt Film/Video shoot with large-sensor interchangeable lens digital cinema cameras, quality microphones, and compact digital audio recorders. Students edit in our digital editing facilities, manipulating image and audio with the latest post-production software. Access also means being part of a dynamic community. All members of the Pratt Film/Video Department (faculty, administrators, and technical support staff) are active accomplished filmmakers, enthusiastic to share their experience with you.
EXPOSURE + OPPORTUNITY
As a Film/Video major, your access will extend beyond Pratt into New York City itself. Identifying new directions in the field is not limited to your “Contemporary Issues” video class. You can visit cutting edge galleries and micro-cinemas, world-class museums, and film festivals—it’s happening all over the city. Pre-professional opportunities abound. You can join a film crew shooting on New York City streets—or intern at places like the Museum of Modern Art, Saturday Night Live, or one of the countless independent companies that comprise the city’s thriving creative scene.
The future for the moving image is unpredictable and wide open. At Pratt, we’re excited by the possibilities. Our mission is to provide you with the tools and techniques, an understanding of history, and a complex yet flexible arts education allowing you to guide us into that future.
Our recent grads are already leading the way with their infectious pioneering spirit. Some include: the co-founders of the notorious Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, a director of photography for Spike Lee, the creator of an original children’s television show on Nickelodeon, managing editor for content at Thrillist.com, and the many graduates working as feature film directors and professional artists. We are watching their accomplishments and looking forward to yours.