Pre-College student in the classroom

PreCollege fall and spring classes are designed for commuter high school students living in the New York City area to develop their creative voice and build skills in art, design, and creative thinking. Course offerings are modeled after Pratt’s undergraduate curriculum and many of the courses are offered with non-credit and credit-bearing options. Students enrolled in credit-bearing PreCollege classes receive elective credits accepted at Pratt and most colleges and universities.

All fall and spring classes take place at Pratt’s Manhattan campus on 14th Street with a final exhibition of students’ work taking place on Pratt’s Brooklyn campus. The final exhibition is an opportunity for family, friends, and faculty to celebrate students’ development, explore Pratt’s beautiful campus, and connect with Pratt’s admissions counselors.


Registration


Spring 2020 registration is open.
Fall 2020 registration begins July 2020.

Registration closes 1 week (5 business days) before the start of each course. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

To finalize your registration, please download, complete, and email the Program Consent Form to precollege@pratt.edu.

Program Consent Form

Tuition

PreCollege credit classes are 38% discounted from Pratt undergraduate courses. PreCollege does not currently offer scholarship opportunities or payment plans for fall or spring students. Full payment for courses must be completed before the start of any course. Tuition does not include the cost of any materials or lab fees unless otherwise stated.

10-Session Courses

  • 1-credit  - $1,035
  • Non-credit - $715

1-Session Workshops

  • $195 + plus material fee

Spring Workshop Offerings

PreCollege offers 1-session workshops to provide students a full day of active studio practice where they can focus on discrete skills and disciplines. 

COMIC BOOK WORKSHOP | NON CREDIT

Learn narrative structure, combine text and image using experimental and traditional techniques to create a short sequence of comic strips. Students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of narrative and sequential art, combining images and text to create visual stories for single panel illustrations, comic strips, and graphic novels. Students should come to class with a story idea and if applicable, an original character.

Schedule:
1 Session
Saturday, April 25, 2020
10 AM–5 PM
(Students will have a 1-hour break, lunch is not provided)

Tuition: $195
Materials fee: $25

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DRAWING SKILLS WORKSHOP | NON CREDIT

Figure drawing is an essential skill for all art and design students. Learn how to breakdown complex figures into simple shapes and render drawings in a series of short and long poses. Students will gain experience working in a studio, experiment with new materials and techniques, and complete both polished and exploratory drawings to add to a portfolio. No previous experience required. 

Note: Nude figure drawing is included in coursework.

Schedule:
1 Session
Saturday, May 2, 2020
10 AM–5 PM
(Students will have a 1-hour break, lunch is not provided)

Tuition: $195
Materials fee: $25

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Spring Course Offerings

Spring 2020 PreCollege 10-session classes run Saturdays beginning February 8 and ending on April 18. Classes do not run Saturday, April 11. Courses with alternate schedules or dates are specified in the course description.

Spring registration is now closed.


ARCHITECTURE DESIGN STUDIO  |  NON-CREDIT

Learn to communicate through architecture. Explore a major design problem and build new skills to generate ideas and develop potential solutions. Students will master basic techniques for defining space and form through drawings and models and produce work to incorporate in a portfolio.

Schedule:
10 sessions
Saturdays
10:30 AM–12:50 PM

Tuition: 
$715 - (Non-Credit)

Materials fee:  $20 paid to instructor at first class.

ART AND DESIGN DISCOVERY  |  1 CREDIT OR NON-CREDIT

Explore art and design. Dive into 2-D and 3-D techniques and sample areas of study such as painting and drawing, graphic design, and product design in this multidisciplinary course. Students will produce sketches, paintings, and models, in the class using a variety of analog tools and techniques. This course for students interested in investigating all aspects of art and design is not optimal for portfolio development. Note: Nude figure drawing may be included in coursework.

Schedule:
10 sessions
Saturdays
10:30 AM–12:50 PM

Tuition: 
$715 - (Non-Credit)
$1,035 - (1 Credit)

CREATIVE WRITING | 1 CREDIT OR NON-CREDIT

Craft compelling written compositions. Focus on the fundamentals of creative writing while developing writing skills in one or more genres or styles (poetry, essay, fiction, writing for theatre, film, or magazines). Students will examine written language, voice, and the composing process through reading /writing assignments, critical reviews, and peer review/critique.

Schedule:
10 sessions
Saturdays
2–4:20 PM

Tuition: 
$715 - (Non-Credit)
$1,035 - (1 Credit)

FINE ARTS: PAINTING AND DRAWING  |  1 CREDIT OR NON-CREDIT

Translate the three-dimensional world onto a two-dimensional surface. Develop perceptual and aesthetic awareness, and improve technical skills through the creation of fine art. Students will use different drawing and painting techniques, media, and subject matter to create a body of work with an emphasis on developing an effective studio practice and producing works to include in a competitive portfolio.  
Note: Nude figure drawing is included in coursework.

Schedule:
10 sessions
Saturdays
10:30 AM–12:50 PM

Tuition: 
$715 - (Non-Credit)
$1,035 - (1 Credit)

PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT | NON-CREDIT

Compose a strong body of work. A solid portfolio is critical to success when applying to art and design schools. Develop the necessary skills to build a personal, thoughtful, and technically proficient portfolio. Students will assess strengths in existing works, determine areas of growth, and produce fundamental pieces as well as student-driven works of personal significance to enhance a portfolio. Note: Nude figure drawing is included in coursework.

Schedule:
10 sessions
Saturdays
2–4:20 PM

Tuition: 
$715 - (Non-Credit)


Fall Course Offerings

Fall 2020 registration begins July 2020.


Refund Policy

Please note that withdrawals and refund requests must be emailed to precollege@pratt.edu. All requests must be made in writing. Allow four-to-six weeks for refunds to be processed.

  • To receive 100% tuition refund, a withdrawal request must be received two business days before the first class begins.
  • To receive an 80% tuition refund, a withdrawal request must be received two business days before the second class begins.
  • No refunds will be issued after the second class begins.

Please Note: Withdrawal or refund requests cannot be made by telephone or through the instructor.


For further information call 718.636.3504 or email precollege@pratt.edu.

Image Credit: Cheryl Stockton, 2019