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Open Summer Courses for College Students and Adult Learners

All levels of experience welcome.  

Each Summer Credit intensive course represents three Pratt undergraduate elective credits. Students interested in transferring these credits to their home institution should contact their home advisor regarding their school’s credit transfer policy.

For more information, see Summer Credit Intensive Curriculum below.

2020 Program Dates

Session 1 June 1–25* (4 weeks)
Session 2 July 6–30* (4 weeks)

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

Summer Intensive Courses

Architecture Intensive (Studio)

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, 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.

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

Creative Writing Intensive (LECTURE)

For writers in our global, virtual, DIY, and increasingly lateral world of cultural production, this course provides access to the lush reality of community, collaboration, and real-life engagement. Students explore methods of collaborative and engaged writing, with a focus on creating a contemporary issue-based writing practice, and build on the ideas and writings produced by and about socially engaged movements and collectives. Whether interested in poetry, performance, non-fiction, translation, cultural criticism, digital media, documentary, science fiction, or hybrid approaches, students will develop critical thinking and communication skills, as well as complete creative writing projects for portfolios. Note: this course ends on July 25.

Session 2:    ADCW 405-02: M-T-W-TH 10 AM–1 PM, 3 credits – PRATT BROOKLYN

Digital Photography Intensive (STUDIO)

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 shade. Projects are geared to address the students' individual goals, complementing personal and career objectives. Students must provide their own digital SLR camera.

Session 1:    ADDP 205-01: M-T-W-TH 9AM–1 PM, 3 credits – PRATT BROOKLYN
Session 2:    ADDP 205-02: M-T-W-TH 9AM–1 PM, 3 credits 

Drawing Intensive (STUDIO)

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, both professional or student.

Session 1:    ADDR 205-01: M-T-W-TH 2–6 PM, 3 credits

Fine Arts Intensive (STUDIO)

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.

Session 2:    ADFA 205-02: M-T-W-TH 2–6 PM, 3 credits

Fashion Design Intensive (STUDIO)

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.

Session 1:    ADFD 205-01: M-T-W-TH 2–6 PM, 3 credits

Graphic Design Intensive (STUDIO)

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)
Session 1:    ADGD 205-01: M-T-W-TH 9 AM–1 PM, 3 credits
Session 2:    ADGD 205-02: M-T-W-TH 2–6 PM, 3 credits

Illustration Intensive (STUDIO)

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.

Session 1:    ADIL 205-01: M-T-W-TH 9 AM–1 PM, 3 credits

Industrial Design Intensive (Brooklyn Campus) (STUDIO)

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.

Session 1:    ADID 405-01: M-T-W-TH 9 AM–1 PM, 3 credits

Interior Design Intensive (STUDIO)

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.

Session 1:    ADIT 205-01: M-T-W-TH 9 AM–1 PM, 3 credits
Session 2:    ADIT 205-02: M-T-W-TH 9 AM–1 PM, 3 credits

Sustainability by Design (Combined Lecture-Studio)

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 bio-mimicry. Students will complete work towards a portfolio and acquire a distinct toolset for the emerging sustainable design professional. Note: this course ends on July 25.

Session 2:    ADSD 405-02: M-T-W-TH 6–9 PM, 3 credits

AESTHETICS OF FORM AND SPACE: Three-Dimensional Design Intensive (Brooklyn Campus) (STUDIO)

Explore three-dimensional design through a time-tested methodology and principles on form and space relationships.  Learn to assess the aesthetic, conceptual, and functional aspects of form and space, through observation, experimentation, research, and analysis. Emphasis is on the sum total and synthesis of all design elements and principles in a unified visual idea, within the context of sustainability, social needs, and design history. Various materials are used in building eye-hand coordination skills. This course can benefit designers, artists and sculptors.

Session 2: ADTD-405-01: M–T–W–TH 2–6 PM, 3 credits

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


Summer Session 1: May 22

Summer Session 2: 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).

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