The mission of General Education at Pratt is to complement students’ major area of study and to ensure breadth, diversity, and depth in the students’ education through engagement with the ideas and modes of inquiry of different fields of study. Pratt graduates emerge as creative professionals whose work is informed by a critical understanding of their cultural and physical environment and of the ideas and values that have shaped the world’s societies and their own lives and creative work. Based on the belief that creative practice and critical thinking form an integral whole, General Education emphasizes the development of visual and verbal intelligence; engagement in critical inquiry and analysis; integration of ideas and approaches from different disciplines; appreciation of human differences and multiple perspectives; and reflection on students’ responsibilities to themselves, to society, and the environment in the creation of original, innovative work.
Pratt’s General Education program provides a solid foundational breadth across the liberal arts and sciences, depth through flexible pathways for focussed exploration, and opportunity for strong interdisciplinary connection with the art and design disciplines.
Although the above describes the General Education structure for the NASAD-accredited BFA programs in the Schools of Art and Design, the components and sequencing have slight variation within the School of Architecture, the degree programs of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and for students enrolled in the Intensive English Program.