PreCollege programs provide high school students with rigorous college level art, design and creative thinking courses, modeled after Pratt Institute’s undergraduate offerings. Classes are taught by Pratt faculty who are committed to sharing their expertise in the fields of art and design. Students enrolled in credit bearing PreCollege classes receive elective credits accepted at Pratt and most colleges and universities. Participating students will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the possibility of studying art, design, architecture, creative writing, or critical and visual studies at the college level.
  • Confirm that this is the subject you want to study in college.
  • Develop your skills through college-level coursework, using a variety of tools, materials, and techniques.
  • Develop a body of work for your portfolio for admission to college.
  • Meet other students who share your interests.
  • Get a preview of the college experience.


Fall and Spring Programs
Manhattan Campus

Fall and spring classes are designed for commuter high school students living in the New York City area, who wish to further studies in art, design, and creative thinking. Class offerings are modeled after Pratt’s undergraduate offerings and include but are not limited to Architecture, Art and Design Discovery, Digital Illustration, Digital Imaging and Photography, Fiction Writing, Fine Arts (Painting and Drawing), Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Portfolio Development.

PreCollege non-credit and credit bearing courses meet on Saturdays for 10 weeks.

For information, visit the Fall Program or Spring Program pages or call 718.636.3453 or email

Summer Program

Brooklyn Campus

Every summer, Pratt sponsors a college-level program for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors at its Brooklyn campus. The program attracts about 400 students, both domestic and international. It is an intensive immersion experience in art, design, architecture, or creative writing.

Students choose from major courses including, but not limited to, fine arts/painting and drawing, digital arts, graphic design, illustration (traditional or digital), fashion design, photography (analog or digital), architecture, cultural studies, or creative writing. Students develop their creative skills, build an effective portfolio for college admission, and earn four college credits. Scholarships are available based on merit.

For further information visit the Summer Programs page or call 718.636.3453 or email


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