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The courses below prepare students with the skills necessary to enter a degree program. Gain the confidence and skills to pursue one of Pratt Institute’s master’s programs, or advance your creative career.

Students may have the opportunity to have their work displayed on our School’s web gallery or blog DesignTerra, at the teachers’ discretion.

Listen to Innovation Coach and Pratt SCPS Instructor Kirsten Rickert’s free podcast: "Getting Unstuck - Shift for Impact" on iTunes – Learn more from this teacher through her Innovation on Demand course and/or Design Thinking and Communication course.

Also check out our Spring Intensives and Summer Intensives (Summer Credit Intensives, Four-Week Summer Intensives, and Two-Week Summer Intensives) for additional related course offerings.

Course Offerings


Architecture


GRADUATE ARCHITECTURE IMMERSION STUDIO
XT-600

Pre-Requisite:  Completed Bachelor’s Degree.

This architectural fundamentals course is taught by the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design faculty; and is geared toward professionals and students interested in attending graduate architecture school. Through a series of virtual studio sessions and lectures, the course introduces students to a series of design approaches to conceptualize architectural investigations using the most current techniques, including in visualization. Students typically receive one-to-one technical instruction, such as on digital modeling, drawing representation, and rendering. 

The work will culminate in a design exhibition with invited Pratt faculty and documented in an individually developed portfolio which prepares students to apply for graduate architecture school.  Note: Completion of this course does not guarantee admission into Pratt’s graduate architecture programs. For information on admission requirements, please visit the Graduate Departmental Requirements pageOffered in the Summer only.

The noncredit summer courses below are preparatory courses offered as two-week intensive studio workshop environments in August for incoming M.S. ARCH and M.S. AUD students. These courses will provide the digital tools needed to explore, generate and articulate toward a series of experimental mediums in preparation for the Fall Studio Sequence. Taught by GAUD faculty, the course introduces computational and representational tools, as well as methods for outputting physical models, using fabrication techniques.  Offered in the summer only.

XT-601 INTRODUCTION TO ARCHITECTURE MEDIUMS (PRIMER 1)

This course is reserved for incoming M.S. ARCH and M.S. AUD students.

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XT-602 ADVANCED INTRODUCTION TO ARCHITECTURE (PRIMER 2)

This course is reserved for incoming M.S. ARCH and M.S. AUD students.

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XT-603 ARCHITECTURAL MEDIUMS (PRIMER 3)

This course is reserved for incoming M.S. ARCH and M.S. AUD students.

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Industrial Design


DRAWING FOR PRODUCT DESIGN
XIND-107-01

Drawing is a form of visual communication. Experiment in different media including pen, pencil, markers, and pastels to develop a broad range of skills and an understanding of two- and three-point perspectives. Study composition and basic rendering techniques that help create a sense of light and atmosphere, making your drawings vibrant and dynamic. Examine geometric and amorphic forms, ideation through freehand sketching techniques, presentation techniques, and technical drawing/drafting. Students will present their drawings and build their portfolios. The last three classes will provide an introduction to using Wacom Tablets with a pressure-sensitive pen and the Sketchbook Pro software. 

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PRODUCT DESIGN I
XIND-105-01

OR 

XSI-322 PRODUCT DESIGN INTENSIVE (TWO-WEEK SUMMER INTENSIVE) 

Learn how products are designed and what it takes to bring a product to market in this hands-on class. Exercises will include analyzing and dissecting current products; brainstorming, identifying unmet needs in the market, articulating the product identity through branding, and materials workshops; and developing a product from concept to basic prototype, through the design process. Learn to communicate your new product design concept through a tangible design brief. Explore sustainable product design, designers and design firms, and the elements of a successful product. Learn how to research for sustainable materials and manufacturing processes, licensing opportunities, and patents. Deepen your understanding of the current and emerging markets. Please Note: This class is open to all, but prior enrollment in a drawing class is recommended. 

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RHINO: CAD FOR PRODUCT AND SPATIAL DESIGN
XIND-112

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RHINO INTENSIVE (TWO-WEEK SUMMER INTENSIVE)
XSI-333

Learn to create your own 3D models in this hands-on course. Understand 3D space and viewport directions. Learn effective modeling techniques and strategies, multiple surface tools, drafting, rendering and 3D modeling while completing projects toward a portfolio. This course is applicable across all design industries and disciplines.

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SOLIDWORKS 
XIND-109-01

OR 

SOLIDWORKS INTENSIVE (TWO-WEEK SUMMER INTENSIVE)

 

XSI-329 

Students will learn to build virtual 3D models of parts and assemblies using Solidworks (parametric CAD software). Topics include: learning the interface, communicating design intent, building parts and assemblies using solid features, producing 2D drawings from Solidworks models, 2D and 3D sketch tools, associative relationships and parametric constraints, and basic rendering. No prior experience with Solidworks or other CAD modeling is required.

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INNOVATION ON DEMAND: FROM IDEATION TO ACTION
XBC-107

Go beyond random inspiration and unfocused brainstorming. Learn fail-safe methods for ideation to produce new ideas that stand out from the competition. Learn step-by-step innovation processes on your own or with a team to define a problem, generate ideas, work through potential solutions, and decide optimal next steps in fun, interactive, and effective ways.

This course is a must for designers, artists, entrepreneurs, marketers, brand managers, and anyone seeking to consistently produce innovation on demand.  This methodology has proven effective with both the creative thinker—by providing structure—and the analytical thinker—by sparking insights. Gain effective tools that help stretch both your imagination and resources, and inspire innovative activities.

 

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Interior Design


drawing foundation for interior design
XID-109

This course is designed for those seeking to develop drawing skills and complete drawings toward an interior design portfolio intended to be submitted for admission into the graduate interior design program of choice. Taking this course does not guarantee admission into Pratt Institute’s Graduate Interior Design Program. Offered in the Summer only.

 

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PREPARATORY INTERIOR DESIGN FOUNDATION COURSE
XID-111

This noncredit summer course is a preparatory course for students (without previous fine art or design experience) entering into Pratt’s Graduate Interior Design Foundation’s Year in the fall. The class introduces fundamentals of art and design through a series of exercises that develop basic analog and digital skills used in the process of designing and documenting the built environment. The class will address the ability to visualize and communicate in both 2D and 3D formats, using a variety of media and tools common to the practice. Offered in the summer only.

Registration Deadline: June 29, 2020 
After that date, please check for availability; we will accommodate you if virtual space allows. 

 

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Also available in the Summer: ADIT-205 Interior Design Intensive for 3 elective credits open to all college students and adult professionals.


INDEPENDENT, RELATED COURSE


SERVICE DESIGN FOR SOCIAL IMPACT
XEI-510

Approach service design through the lens of social impact, designing services for communities within their networks. Learn to build and test at least one service prototype, through combined hands-on exercises, seminar, guest lectures, presentation and practical application. Explore existing businesses’ services and their interactions with customers, identifying challenges and opportunities. Learn how to map out systems and work together to generate ideas for how to bring services to life. By the end of the course, students will have a service blueprint illustrating the service delivery process, and a clear vision of how their service design will have an impact.

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"Getting Unstuck - Shift for Impact" on iTunes


REGISTRATION:

Registration is open for Summer 2020; and opens on July 17, 2020 for the Fall semester.

To register, click on the “View Course and Add to Cart” button under the course of choice, or email prostudy@pratt.edu. 

Registration Deadline: 5 business days before class starts for most of the above courses, except for the XID-111-01 course: Deadline: June 29. 

Early registration is encouraged to secure your seat in the course(s) of choice. 

After the deadlines, students may be admitted if virtual space remains in the selected course(s). 

International students: To register, please complete and return the downloadable SCPS Registration form.

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