THE CURRICULUM

The summer PreCollege program consists of four classes modeled after Pratt’s undergraduate offerings. Students choose a concentration that aligns with their interests and they are automatically enrolled in Foundation, Art History, and Portfolio Development classes to complement their concentration. Upon completion of the program, students earn four elective college credits accepted at most colleges and universities.

Note: Nude figure drawing may be included in the coursework.

Foundation Courses

Strengthen fundamental creative skills in a traditional studio space. Modeled after Pratt's first-year Foundation program and taught by professional artists, designers, or writers, this course will expand the student's thinking, strengthen portfolios, and provide a basis for further study. The Foundation course is worth two credits and is designed to complement the two-credit concentration choice. Transcripts will reflect a letter grade from this class.

Students who enroll in a concentration course related to art or design will automatically be enrolled in the Introduction to Foundation of Art and Design course focused on developing skills related to color, shape, line, movement, and other formal concepts of art and design.

Students enrolled in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies will be automatically enrolled in a Foundation of Writing course to further develop fundamental writing and critical analysis skills.

ART HISTORY

Become immersed in the rich culture of New York City. This course serves as a complement to studio classes, using the rich cultural institutions and resources of New York City to help students find meaningful connections between art history and the development of their own work. This course is a non-credit class offering a pass/fail grade.

PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT

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. This course is a non-credit class offering a pass/fail grade.

Concentration Offerings

Students choose a concentration class modeled after Pratt’s undergraduate offerings. The 2-credit course is designed to provide students with an immersive experience and support skill development in one area of study. Detailed information about each concentration can be found below. Transcripts will reflect a letter grade from this class.

ARCHITECTURE

Reimagine the structures in which we live and work. Develop solutions to a series of architectural problems through hands-on work; producing sketches, drafting plans, and building models. Students will gain familiarity with architectural concepts and build skills in drafting, sketching, and model making.

ART AND DESIGN DISCOVERY

Explore art and design. Dive into a variety of 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. Intended for students interested in investigating multiple aspects of art and design and is not optimal for portfolio development.

COMIC BOOK / SEQUENTIAL ART

Explore the art of pictorial storytelling; combining images and text to create visual narratives for single panel illustrations, comic strips/books, and graphic novels. Investigate all aspects of this art form: from drawing techniques, lettering, and inking, to composition, perspective, panel sequences, and developing original stories. The skills acquired provide a foundation for creative processes such as: children's book illustration, storyboards for film and television production, and animation.

CREATIVE WRITING

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.

CULTURAL STUDIES

Explore and critique culture. Using a multi-disciplinary, theoretical, and practical approach, students will immerse themselves in every aspect of urban culture, from philosophy and social sciences to the humanities and journalism. Students will use culture as a lens to examine issues of race, class, and gender. This concentration is for those interested in exploring the professional worlds of writers/journalists/critics, drawn to issues of contemporary culture.

DIGITAL ARTS: ART AND TECHNOLOGY

Create multi-sensory art with hardware electronics and software code. Students will learn the basics of using sensors to gather data from the physical world, coding programs on a micro-controller board, and controlling motors that make objects move. The focus will be on creating physical, interactive art objects that possess visual, kinetic, and sonic qualities. No previous experience with electronics or coding is required.

DIGITAL ARTS: 2D ANIMATION

Create both hand-crafted and digital approaches to the art of animation. From early optical toys, through drawing frame by frame on paper, to creating digitally composited layers of movement for a fully realized project with sound and color. Daily exercises range from traditional character animation to more experimental techniques, allowing students to foster their own vision.

FASHION DESIGN

Discover the trans-disciplinary nature of fashion design. From sketching and illustration to crafting and creating, students will experiment with designers' techniques and build basic skills in collection development. Students will learn about draping, patterning, and hand sewing in Pratt’s cutting edge fashion studio.

FILM / VIDEO

Explore the aesthetic and craft of filmmaking through hands-on projects. Using digital video, students will produce short film projects designed to develop both technical competencies, and an appreciation of the power and creative potential of the moving image. Cameras and editing equipment will be provided.

FINE ARTS: PAINTING AND DRAWING

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.

FINE ARTS: SCULPTURE

Delve into a variety of processes and materials in the making of 3-D sculpture. Various forms of sculpture and 3-D art techniques will be explored. Contemporary sculpture and artists will be introduced as they relate to the projects and processes learned. Students will come away with a greater knowledge of contemporary sculpture and the ability to create unique works of their own.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Explore what makes a design successful, and investigate the role of design in meeting the demands of an ever-changing society. Learn design tools, principles, and methods to produce unique and memorable graphic work. Typography, photography, and illustration are incorporated in visualizing your ideas along with the introduction and application of computer graphics.

ILLUSTRATION: DIGITAL

Render images utilizing a variety of software and explore the limits of digital media. This course explores ways to tell a story by creating digital images that communicate new ideas for editorial and commercial purposes. Students will develop technical and artistic skills in drawing while experimenting with scanning, digital photography, and using photo editing software. Students will be expected to produce finished, professional-level digital work.

ILLUSTRATION: TRADITIONAL

Communicate an idea through images, This course explores ways to create pictures that communicate new ideas. Students develop technical and artistic skills in drawing and painting for use in the commercial world; enhancing illustration skills through life studies, experimentation with a variety of media, and by cultivating their imagination. Students will be expected to produce finished, professional-level work.

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Create the objects that people use everyday. This concentration course examines how embracing today’s social, physical, and ecological needs presents opportunities for creative design. Through drawing and model making, students explore, challenge, and redefine the forms and objects with which we live.

INTERIOR DESIGN

Optimize the space in which we live. This concentration course centers on the impact of the interior space on the individual, as well as various groups, by working with the classic elements of light, color, form, and space. Projects include drafting, rendering, and model-making.

JEWELRY / METAL ARTS

Push the boundaries of form and function. This course is an introduction to basic, direct metal, fabrication techniques for metal objects and wearable art pieces. Students will research and develop design concepts and execute finished pieces using non-ferrous metals combined with alternative materials and current technology.

PHOTOGRAPHY: ANALOG

Capture life in the moment. Students study 35mm camera operations, lighting techniques, and darkroom procedures to achieve a broad-based knowledge of black and white photography. Instruction includes exposing and developing film, making contact prints, enlarging and finishing photographs.

PHOTOGRAPHY: DIGITAL

Learn the basics of digital imaging: scanning, shooting, using graphic software, and various forms of manipulating and outputting images. Using primarily Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, students will develop imagery and improve conceptual and technical skills, while incorporating art elements and principles of design. Students must have access to a digital camera.

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