Applying as an Undergraduate
Fall 2014 and Spring 2014
Pratt's online application is available below. We are accepting freshman applications for spring for the associate degrees (located in Manhattan), the BA in Art History, and Construction Management. Students who select these majors may not change their major once they apply to a major we do not accept for spring. Students who wish to change majors once they are enrolled must discuss with their academic adviser. Most programs are limited in space. If you are interested in a program that only accepts students for fall, you should apply for fall.
Below are links to our requirements and our online application. We require all students to apply online since our process is now electronic including status checks. Full instructions are found below. If you're not sure of your major, read about our programs below. Questions? Email us at email@example.com or check our FAQs.
- Application and Portfolio Requirements
- Apply Online
- Recommendation Forms (pdf) You may download the optional recommendation forms here. We no longer require a recommendation letter.
Checking your Application Status
Early Action Applicants: Once your application is complete, you will receive an email notifying you that it is in review. You will also receive an email in early December if you are still incomplete notifying you about missing documents.
Regular Decision: Applicants will be able to check their status online by following the instructions in an email sent after the application is received.
Undergraduate Programs of Study
Pratt has a wide variety of highly ranked programs (associate's and bachelor's ) from which to choose in its three undergraduate schools: School of Architecture, School of Art and Design, and School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students can explore their artistic interests by taking courses in other majors. Students have the option to apply as "undecided" if they are unsure of their major in the School of Art and Design. Students interested in architecture, construction management, fashion, writing, or critical and visual studies must apply to those majors as they have a different first year. The School of Art and Design offers a "foundation year" for all majors but fashion. Below is a list of of programs with links to the departments. If you're looking for admissions requirements, they can be found online as well.
- Art And Design Education
- Art History
- Art History BA
- Theory, Criticism, and History of Art, Design, and Architecture (BFA)
- Critical and Visual Studies
- Communications Design (graphic design, illustration, advertising art direction)
- Digital Arts (digital animation and motion arts, traditional animation, interactive media)
- Fashion Design
- Fine Arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, jewelry)
- Industrial Design
- Interior Design
- Graphic Design/Illustration A.A.S.
- Painting/Drawing A.A.S.
- Building and Construction A.A.S.
- Digital Design And Interactive Media A.O.S.
- Graphic Design A.O.S.
- Illustration A.O.S.
PrattMWP in Utica, New York: majors in communications design, fine arts, art education, and photography. Visit PrattMWP online. Please note: PrattMWP students who relocate to Pratt within the major they studied at PrattMWP will be juniors at Pratt. PrattMWP students who change their major upon relocation to Pratt will come in as sophomores for all programs but fashion design. Fashion design requires that they start as freshmen because of the different first and second years.
Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington, Delaware: majors in communications design (graphic design, illustration, advertising art direction), fine arts, photography, animation, and interior design. Visit DCAD online. Note: DCAD students who apply to Pratt within the major they studied at DCAD will enter as juniors at Pratt. DCAD students who apply to Pratt for a different major from the one they studied at DCAD will come in as sophomores for all majors but fashion design because of the different sophomore year. Fashion design students will enter as freshmen because of the different first and second years.
Recognized internationally for the quality of its programs, faculty, and students, Pratt offers students:
- A world-class faculty of successful working professionals who ensure the highest professional standards in the classroom while connecting students with internships and eventually jobs.
- A choice of 27 majors and concentrations in its three schools: architecture, art and design, and liberal arts and sciences.
- The ideal locations—a beautifully landscaped Brooklyn campus just minutes from Manhattan with historic buildings, tree-lined green spaces, contemporary sculpture park, and outstanding facilities and a Manhattan campus in a recently renovated historic building in Chelsea. The Brooklyn campus houses all the four-year programs but construction management, which is offered in Manhattan. The two-year associate's programs are offered in Manhattan as well.
- An Outstanding Professional Education: Ranked third nationally for industrial design, fourth for interior design and eleventh for architecture by DesignIntelligence (2013). Students begin their professional studies in the first year—an intensive preparation that is highly valued by the professionals who hire Pratt graduates.
Change of Schools Within Pratt: Pratt current students who wish to transfer from one school to another within the Institute should complete a Change of School Transfer Application and submit it to the Office of Admissions no later than June 1 for the fall term and December 15 for the spring term. A $50 application fee must accompany the application. Students must meet the admissions criteria for the program to which they are applying. See www.pratt.edu/apply for admissions criteria for transfers. Portfolios may be uploaded at pratt.slideroom.com under the heading Undergraduate, put on a CD or printed out and submitted with the application. Credit transferred to the new program from either Pratt or other colleges is not computed in the new grade point average. If the transfer is approved, your form will be sent to the Registrar's Office for an evaluation of your transfer credit. A limit of one transfer between schools will be considered. Students requesting a second transfer will be required to obtain additional approval from both deans and the Office of the Provost.
Ranked one of the top design schools by Businessweek.