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
Brooklyn and Manhattan Campuses

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.

Most all classes take place on Pratt’s Brooklyn campus with the exception of some courses that are held at Pratt Manhattan. Please review course descriptions below which include the campus location.

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

Certificate Program
Brooklyn and Manhattan Campuses

The certificate curriculum is offered for students interested in a continued pursuit of college level art, design or creative thinking disciplines. Students engaged in the certificate program will be guided through a series of courses designed to cumulate a body of work in support of a portfolio for college admission, a developed understanding of the artistic process and refinement of skills.

Certificate students are asked to choose a concentration of study within one of Pratt’s four certificate options: Architecture, Art, Design, or Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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

Pratt Extension Campus: Munson-Williams-Proctor
Upstate NY PreCollege Summer Program

PrattMWP, an extension campus of Pratt Institute, is located in the midst of Central New York’s “Cultural Corridor” in Utica, N.Y. With its modern studios, classrooms, and new residence halls, it provides the optimum learning and living environment for aspiring young artists in urban, yet intimate setting for students who prefer the more tranquil Upstate atmosphere. PrattMWP is one part of an internationally recognized fine arts center; Museum of Art, Performing Arts, and School of Art. Pre-College elective courses offered by PrattMWP include: Painting and Drawing, Illustration, Jewelry/Metal Arts, Photography, Sculpture, and Graphic Design.

For further information or to register, contact PrattMWP at 315.797.0000 extension 2286.

Mailing Address:
310 Genesee Street
Utica, New York 13502
Attention: Pre-College Summer Program
Phone: 800.755.8920


Pratt Online Consent Agreement

By clicking agree or continuing to surf this site's pages you understand that Pratt Institute may collect information that has been provided by you. We sometimes use cookies to keep you signed in or store classes in your shopping cart. To manage how your information is collected online, students should contact the Registrar's Office and faculty and staff should contact Human Resources. To learn more about Pratt’s privacy policy, visit