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Open Summer Courses for College Students and Adult Learners

All levels of experience welcome 

Our Summer Credit Intensive courses in Art, Design, and Architecture are designed for the college student or professional adult learner seeking exposure to subject areas in fulfillment of academic or professional objectives. Each Summer Credit intensive course represents three Pratt elective credits, at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Students interested in transferring these credits to their home institution should contact their home advisor regarding their school’s credit transfer policy.

Develop or sharpen your skills in your chosen field, while enjoying the exciting arts and cultural opportunities in New York City, or join us virtually from the comfort of your home!
 
Most Summer Credit Intensive courses are offered with the options to enroll either online or on-site, unless otherwise noted. 

For more information on the courses, see the Summer Credit Intensive course descriptions and schedules below.


2022 Program Dates

Summer Session 1: May 31–June 23* (4 weeks on M, T, W, TH; with exceptional class on Friday, June 3 to make up for the Memorial Day Holiday)

Summer Session 2: July 5–28* (4 weeks on M, T, W, TH; with exceptional class on Friday, July 8 to make up for the July 4th Holiday)

*The above dates are for studio courses. Lecture courses end one day early — details below. 
 

How and When to Register

35% discount available for domestic, undergraduate courses by the early registration deadlines—Please visit Credit Registration, Deadlines, Tuition and Fees 

Technology requirements for Online Enrollment

·   A laptop or desktop computer with a reliable internet connection 

·   Access to a webcam or phone camera  

·   A scanner or decent digital camera 

·   All students will be given access to the required digital tools through their Pratt Onekey account (e.g. GSuites, Slack, Adobe Suite, and Zoom). Pratt will use these online platforms to connect students with their faculty and it is the student’s responsibility to check that their region/computer is capable of supporting these various platforms and tools.


Summer Credit Intensive Course Descriptions and Schedules


Architecture Intensive (Studio) ADAR 205

This course serves as an introductory exposure to the field of architecture and 3-D design processes. Course content will be emphasized through a combination of lectures, virtual studio exercises, and projects: including sketching, drafting, and model building. Students cultivate basic technical skills and develop an understanding of spatial relationships and structures; as well as acquire knowledge of professional practices in the field.

INSTRUCTOR: CHRISTOPH A. KUMPUSH, Ing., Mag. Arch., PhD.

Summer Session 1:    ADAR 205-01: M-T-W-TH 2–6 PM, 3 credits | MANHATTAN
                                              ADAR 205-02: M-T-W-TH 2–6 PM, 3 credits | ONLINE

CALLIGRAPHY FOUNDATION INTENSIVE (STUDIO) ADCL 200

This course is a hands-on introduction to the art of calligraphy. Students will learn the basics of edged-pen writing using historical examples of writing in our (Roman) alphabet. Basic concepts that guide hand-lettering will be taught, and students will be exposed to a wide variety of contemporary and historical calligraphy from around the world. 

INSTRUCTOR: CHRISTOPHER CALDERHEAD 

Summer Session 1:    ADCL 200-01: M-T-W-TH 2–6 PM, 3 credits | MANHATTAN 
                                             ADCL 200-02: M-T-W-TH 2–6 PM, 3 credits | ONLINE

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY INTENSIVE (STUDIO) ADDP 205

Express your creative ideas by utilizing digital capture and editing at a professional level. Explore digital photography/imaging for various purposes, such as for the web and book/portfolio design. Whether you are a photographer, painter, illustrator, designer, or an amateur / enthusiast, this course will cultivate your digital editing skills while also enhancing aesthetic awareness of composition, movement, light and depth of field. Projects are geared to address the students' individual goals, complementing personal and career objectives. Students must provide their own digital SLR camera and an external hard drive is highly recommended to store images and working files. Digital workflows such as Lightroom, Photoshop, Camera Raw as well as popular free software will be explored for students to learn a digital workflow that would work best for them individually.  

INSTRUCTOR: NICK RELPH
Summer Session 2:    ADDP 205-03: M-T-W-TH 9AM–1 PM, 3 credits | BROOKLYN
                                              

Drawing Intensive (STUDIO) ADDR 205

Explore the fundamentals of drawing as a descriptive and expressive skill for all types of visual work, using a variety of materials, subjects, and techniques.  Accurately describe and express form and space, learning various methods of seeing, transcribing, constructing and expressing imagined and real subjects. The course builds visual fluency, as a useful precursor to other intensives in this program, is appropriate for designers, architects, and illustrators, whether professional or student.

INSTRUCTOR: SCOTT WILLIAMS
Summer Session 1:    ADDR 205-01: M-T-W-TH 2–6 PM, 3 credits | MANHATTAN
                                              ADDR 205-02: M-T-W-TH 2–6 PM, 3 credits | ONLINE

FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE (STUDIO) ADFD 205

Explore the fundamental aspects of the fashion industry. Experiment with the elements of design and inspiration, learn terminology, collection development, and techniques in clothing construction. Weekly field trips related to industry exhibits and designer showrooms will enhance the depth of learning. Some classes will be spent on the Brooklyn campus learning the inner workings of a fashion design studio.

INSTRUCTOR: ADRIENNE JONES
Session 1:    ADFD 205-01: M-T-W-TH 2–6 PM, 3 credits | BROOKLYN & MANHATTAN

Fine Arts Intensive (STUDIO) ADFA 205

This course results in a development of visual awareness and methods in students at both the beginning and more advanced levels. Learn ways of seeing and expressing with intention in the studio. Methods of drawing and painting, as mark, color, and composition are taught, using various formats, and subject matter. Composing as visual thinking is developed through short and long projects with an emphasis on process, culminating in independent projects or series in the final weeks.

INSTRUCTOR: SCOTT WILLIAMS
Summer Session 2:    ADFA 205-03: M-T-W-TH 2–6 PM, 3 credits | MANHATTAN
                                              ADFA 205-04: M-T-W-TH 2–6 PM, 3 credits | ONLINE

Graphic Design Intensive (STUDIO) ADGD 205

Cultivate visual communication skills for industry application; gain knowledge of design tools, principles, and methods to produce unique and memorable graphic work. Create professional logo, website, poster, and packaging designs which culminate in successful branding. Students will develop an understanding of theoretical concepts through lectures and hands-on practice, gain knowledge of professional practices in the field, and begin to build their own portfolio.

INSTRUCTORS:  SCOTT SANTORO (Session 1); CHRISTOPHER CALDERHEAD (Session 2) 
Summer Session 1:    ADGD 205-01: M-T-W-TH 9 AM–1 PM, 3 credits | MANHATTAN                    
                                             ADGD 205-02: M-T-W-TH 9 AM–1 PM, 3 credits | ONLINE 
Summer Session 2:    ADGD 205-03: M-T-W-TH 2–6 PM, 3 credits | MANHATTAN 
                                             ADGD 205-04: M-T-W-TH 2–6 PM, 3 credits | ONLINE 

Illustration Intensive (STUDIO) ADIL 205

Explore visual storytelling by creating images that communicate new ideas for commercial purposes, combining both traditional and digital illustration to produce a professional-level portfolio. Maximize your full creative expression by developing technical and artistic skills, from drawing through life studies, to skillfully using software such as Photoshop for creating images. Examine current and future styles and directions generated by the digital world in the illustration field.

INSTRUCTOR: CHERYL GROSS
Summer Session 1:    ADIL 205-01: M-T-W-TH 9 AM–1 PM, 3 credits | MANHATTAN 
                                              

Industrial Design Intensive (STUDIO) ADID 405

Designers learn by designing a series of projects of increasing complexity, scale and various contexts, such as sustainability. These experiences will facilitate internalizing the design process and knowing what to do next, whether the goal is defined or not. The projects will provide platforms for just-in time discussions about visual literacy, fabrication, and emerging theories impacting design and how design impacts life experience.

INSTRUCTOR: LAWRENCE AU
Summer Session 1:    ADID 405-01: M-T-W-TH 9 AM–1 PM, 3 credits | BROOKLYN
                                              ADID 405-02: M-T-W-TH 9 AM–1 PM, 3 credits | ONLINE

Interior Design Intensive (STUDIO) ADIT 205

This course is an intensive overview of the professional world of the interior designer. Explore the resolution of basic interior design problems in the context of human and environmental factors. Understand and use the elements of color, form, light, texture, and space, along with the principles of design, such as scale and proportion, through hands-on studio work, lectures, discussions, and extensive critique. A class discourse on the history and contemporary practices in the field, as well as the relationship between design and society, will further inform the student’s learning experience.

INSTRUCTOR: WILLIAM WATSON
Summer Session 1:   ADIT 205-01: M-T-W-TH 9 AM–1 PM, 3 credits | MANHATTAN 
                                             ADIT 205-02: M-T-W-TH 9 AM–1 PM, 3 credits | ONLINE

Summer Session 2:   ADIT 205-03: M-T-W-TH 9 AM–1 PM, 3 credits | MANHATTAN 
                                            ADIT 205-04: M-T-W-TH 9 AM–1 PM, 3 credits | ONLINE

PERFORMATIVE DESIGN ACROSS TIME AND CULTURE (LECTURE)

ADRO-400 (UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL)

ADRO-600 (GRADUATE LEVEL)

Through presentations, discussions and digital explorations and analysis, we will investigate how the boundaries between artistic and design disciplines can become interfaces of interdisciplinary and intermedia exchange, continually enlivening and transforming each other into new innovative forms and formations— in response to their cultural, historical, political, and social contexts. We will explore how design can learn from a variety of performative media (animation, art, film, graphics, theater, writing); and how design elements and assembly systems, social programs and spatial types, may be developed as characters, as actors within the spatial performance of interiors and exteriors.  By the end of the course, students will gain an understanding of the dynamic interplay between social and political culture and the design process, as well as the ability to generate responsive and innovative design ideas. Graduate students enrolling in this course will be expected to fulfill additional research, reading, and writing assignments. Note: This lecture course ends on Wednesday, June 22.

INSTRUCTOR: MARK RAKATANSKY
Summer Session 1:    ADRO 400-01: M-T-W-TH
10 AM–1 PM, 3 credits | BROOKLYN
                                             ADRO 600-01: M-T-W-TH 10 AM–1 PM, 3 credits | BROOKLYN

Sustainability by Design (COMBINED LECTURE-STUDIO)

ADSD-405 (UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL) OR
ADSD-605 (GRADUATE LEVEL)

Explore sustainability challenges, practices, and creative opportunities within the design disciplines. Examine interdependent environmental, economic, and social systems, and their influence on the design process. The course is tailored to students' experience and interests, while covering principles of ecology, climate change, resource use and conservation, environmental risks and toxicity; responsibilities of clients and interactions with end users and other stakeholders; as well as design thinking tools such as systems thinking, environmental cost-benefit analysis, life cycle assessment, design for disassembly, and biomimicry. Students will complete work towards a portfolio and acquire a distinct toolset for the emerging sustainable design professional. Note: this course ends on July 28.

INSTRUCTORS: ZOE PICCOLO AND CATHY YUHAS
Summer Session 1:    ADSD 405-01: M-T-W-TH 6–9 PM, 3 credits | BROOKLYN
                                              ADSD 605-01: M-T-W-TH 6–9 PM, 3 credits | BROOKLYN

VISUAL BRANDING INTENSIVE (STUDIO) 

ADVB-200

Learn how organizations succeed by understanding the structure of branding and the strategic perspective that a visual identity has. Through a series of steps, designers utilize sketch and idea processes that nurture an inner coherence to visual marks. Hone your visual language skills that can be carried throughout an identity system, developing a unique look and feel for a mark that works across multiple platforms, including print collateral, websites, and broadcast media. Color, typeface and typography will be documented in a style guide that help make a brand shine above its competitors.  Complete projects toward a professional portfolio. 

INSTRUCTOR: SCOTT SANTORO 
Summer Session 2: ADVB-200-03: M–T–W–TH 9 AM–1 PM, 3 credits | MANHATTAN 
                                           ADVB-200-04: M–T–W–TH 9 AM–1 PM, 3 credits | ONLINE


REGISTRATION

To register for Summer Credit Intensive courses, visit Credit Registration, Deadlines, Tuition and Fees.

SUMMER 1 REGISTRATION DEADLINES FOR DOMESTIC SUMMER CREDIT INTENSIVES:

  • Early, Discounted* Registration Deadline: May 1st
  • Regular Registration Deadline: May 19

SUMMER 2 REGISTRATION DEADLINES FOR DOMESTIC SUMMER CREDIT INTENSIVES:

  • Early, Discounted* Registration Deadline: June 1st
  • Regular Registration Deadline: June 19

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

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

More questions? Contact prostudy@pratt.edu.

* Early registration tuition discount is available only for domestic undergraduate Summer Credit Intensive courses.

Images courtesy of Scott Williams (Pratt Faculty Member)