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Fashion New Media Certificate

Jump into fashion brand creative marketing through the first certificate program in fashion new media. Examine the new media landscape. Develop a vision. Create deliverables for target audiences. Finish with a market-ready, professional design portfolio and build your network in the world’s fashion capitol: New York City (all classes are held in the Pratt Manhattan Center).

Fashion New Media is a multidisciplinary program:

  • Branding and Digital Marketing (build a brand from the ground up, or grow an existing brand)
  • Graphic Design (communicate your message with typography, layout, color and image)

  • Photography and Video Production (become a photographic and video content creator)
  • Web Design (design blogs and websites)

Pratt Institute is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant, international students. International students are required to maintain a fulltime schedule, consisting of a minimum of 18 hours per week, during the fall and spring semesters. Optional Practical Training (OPT) is available to eligible international students upon completion of the Fashion New Media Certificate.

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Program Tuition

Three semester program ($5950 per semester, plus fees)

Application Fee

$100, non-refundable

Certificate Requirements

Semester 1


PMFD-100 Survey of Western Dress
PMPH-472 The Grammar of Photography
PMCG-422 Introduction to Photoshop
PMFD 301B Project/Portfolio Development


Choose three courses from list of electives (see below)

Semester 2


PMFD-102 Introduction to Communications Strategy
PMCG-303 Adobe InDesign
PMSM-109 Digital Marketing
PMFD 301B Project/Portfolio Development


Choose three courses from list of electives (see below)

Semester 3


PMFD-201 Brand and Digital Strategy
PMGD-478 Brand Design and Corporate Identity
PMCG-202 Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
PMFD 301B Project/Portfolio Development


Choose three courses from list of electives (see below)

Partial List of Electives for Fashion New Media:

PMFD-106 Event Planning
PMPH-508  Visual Language for Video
PMCG-509  Video Editing: Adobe Premiere Pro 
PMPH-507   Video Storytelling
PMPH-507   Fashion Video Production 
PMFD 107  Fashion Styling for Video Production
PMCG-506  Video Art
PMPH-518 Fashion Photography
PMFD-105 Fashion Illustration
PMFD-101 Textiles for the Fashion Industry
PMPH-485 Photographic Lighting
PMCG-250 Introduction to Web Design
PMCG-485 WordPress for Designers
PMCG-507 Introduction to Motion Graphics
PMCG-602 Motion Graphics Portfolio
PMCG-475 Introduction to Graphic Design
PMCG-425 Advanced Photoshop
PMCG-316 Coding I: Introduction to Web Development
PMCG-436 Adobe After Effects
PMGD-466 Introduction to Typography
PMCG-500 Introduction to Digital Photography and Adobe Lightroom

A required class may be substituted for an elective class with prior approval.

Survey of Western Dress

PMFD 100

Examine the history of apparel and accessories design, the business of fashion, fashion and technology, and fashion designers. Explore the relationship between the evolution of design and technological advancements (including mass media), the accomplishments of notable designers, and the changing structure of the business of fashion. Course content surveys trends from the beginning of the fashion cycle to the present with an emphasis on 20th- and 21st-century design.

FALL 2019
12 SESSIONS | 3.6 CEUs | $950

IntroDUCTION to Communications Strategy

Explore marketing, advertising, and communications strategy for new media where traditional media (TV, print) and social media (social networks, user-generated content, blogs, forums, etc.) coexist. Discover a practical framework for solving some of the communications challenges faced by fashion, lifestyle, and consumer brands.

MAY 20–JULY 22 | 6:30–9:30 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3.0 CEUs | $950

Brand and Digital Strategy

Engage in strategic thinking and design for new media. Start with the basic framework behind brands, a promise, voice and values, and progress to how brand stories are brought to life across channels with a focus on new media. A variety of visual inspiration will be presented, including video and print work from prominent fashion, lifestyle, and consumer/retail brands. The second half of the course deals with conceiving and executing creative strategies. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between brand idea and campaign execution. Learn how campaigns can be reverse engineered to understand the creative process behind them, and how different kinds of media can be used together to promote brands and their products and services. You will develop an extension for an existing campaign as well as a new campaign for an existing, or new brand. By the last week of class, you will see new media as a combination of channels, each with the ability to engage and form deep connections with audiences.

FALL 2019
12 SESSIONS | 3.6 CEUs | $950

Project/Portfolio Development

Your portfolio is critical to your success. Build a portfolio that emphasizes your specialty. Refine projects you have worked on during the semester with the aim of producing a cohesive body of work to market yourself/your brand.

FALL 2019
9 SESSIONS | 5.4 CEUs | $250


Learn to access the communicative power of dress through hands-on, collaborative experiences.  Work with student creatives and directors to develop visual concepts.  Create ensembles for short fiction videos, music videos, and fashion-branded content and work on-set to dress models/actors, create professional-quality reference photos, and style models/actors as needed during video shoots.  This class runs cooperatively with PMPH- 509 Fashion Video Production.

FALL 2019
12 SESSIONS | 3.6 CEUs | $950


Develop a compelling visual style for fashion videos with an understanding of its commercial applications while gaining video production and visual storytelling skills. Through idea development, writing, and production, learn the mechanics of camera operation, framing, lighting, and audio, covering a variety of media creation techniques. Assignments include collaboratively shooting a fashion show in the field as a class project. DSLR required.

Corequisite: PMCG 509 Video Editing: Premiere Pro

FALL 2019
12 SESSIONS | 3.6 CEUs | $950


Explore the business of event planning, from basic tools and booking clients, to conceptualizing and executing events. Multiple types of clients and events, both personal and corporate, will be illuminated and analyzed, including the expansive industry of weddings. Finish with a final project that includes a comprehensive business plan for an event. Topics include: Contracts/Permits/Proposals; Marketing/Branding/Trends; Ticketed Events/Weddings/Proposals/Religious Events/Fundraisers/Parties; Catering/Vendors/Venues/Staffing; Decor/Flower Arrangements/Linens; Guest Experience/Working with Clients.

FALL 2019
12 SESSIONS | 3.6 CEUs | $950

Fashion Illustration

Create a stunning collection of fashion illustrations with a variety of media. You’ll learn to illustrate faces, hands, feet, a variety of poses, clothing (dresses, tops, bottoms and more), and textiles. Discover the roles fashion Illustrators occupy in the fashion industry. Survey the work of fashion illustrators both past and present. Learn how to color correct your illustrations in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Finish with a portfolio of your fashion collection. Prerequisites: None.

FALL 2019
12 SESSIONS | 3.6 CEUs | $950


Explore the art and production of the fashion shoot, with an emphasis on editorial, advertising, and beauty tasks in a hands-on format. Develop lighting techniques for strobe and natural light. Learn how to produce your own photo shoots, scout locations, and work with models and makeup artists. Study the relationship between photographer, model, art director, and client. Prerequisite: Introduction to Digital Photography. Please Note: Students must work with a digital SLR camera. Please bring samples of your work to the first class.

FALL 2019
12 SESSIONS | 3.6 CEUs | $950


Survey opportunities for digital marketing: online advertising, blogs and social outreach. Examine methods for developing successful online brand-building and marketing strategies.  Focus on how to drive traffic through SEO.  Explore best practices for using social media for business.  Discover how to collect data from sources, including website analytics, email blasts, abandoned email carts, and more. Learn how to parse the data, draw useful conclusions, and apply it to ongoing and future online marketing initiatives to improve results.

MAY 21-JULY 23 | 6:30–9:30 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3.0 CEUs | $950

Textiles for the Fashion Industry
PMFD 101

Study textiles and the textile industry with an emphasis on natural and synthetic fiber classifications, color applications, and weave classifications.  Develop a basic understanding of the common uses of specific textiles in the fashion industry (apparel fabrics, linings, interfacings, etc.).  Produce a swatch reference book.  Learn about textile care, discerning fabric quality, textile trends and trend forecasting.  Additional attention will be given to new advancements in textiles including the inclusion of nanotechnology in fabrics, the challenges of fabric recycling, and the ecological impact of the textile industry. 

Required text: Fabric Science Swatch Kit, 10th Edition. Allen C. Cohen, Ingrid Johnson, and Joseph J. Pizzuto. New York:  Fairchild Books, Inc., 2011.  ISBN: 978-56367-858-5.

FALL 2019
12 SESSIONS | 3.6 CEUs | $950

More electives:

CAD Design
Creative Careers
Digital Product Design
Fashion New Media
Motion Graphics
Photography and Video
Web Design
UX/UI Mobile Design


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