Pratt Sculpture Garden

B.F.A. in History of Art and Design

Mission Statement

The History of Art and Design Department’s mission is to develop a broad knowledge of cultural artifacts with a global perspective that enlightens students’ understanding of the current historical environment and their place within it.  As students at Pratt Institute develop their skills in their chosen fields, the study of art and design history will enrich and deepen the resources they are able to apply to their work, whether as designers, artists, writers, and scholars who pursue art and design history at a higher level. Through the study of art and design within historical and social contexts, students examine style and content, materials and techniques, and issues of gender, social class, patronage, economics of the market, politics, and religion. Critical inquiry skills are strengthened through evaluation, analysis, and comparison.

B.F.A. majors complete the regular Foundation Program, including the art history survey classes, and can begin to take upper-level electives in their sophomore year. In the required History of Art and Design courses, the goal is to give students a clear idea of the sequence of styles and major artists, and to develop their ability to discuss style and to understand cultural and social contexts. In-depth study of one epoch or one field of art or design history is covered in upper-level courses. Art History majors take at least one 3-credit history elective within the 10-credit Liberal Arts elective pool (in addition to the CH-300 and CH-400 World Civilization requirement). Students may also benefit from taking a chemistry-in-art class within their six-credit science requirement.

Students entering with an Advanced Placement score of four or five in art history may apply for exemption from the first semester survey and are allowed to substitute an elective in the survey area for second semester of survey. Entering freshman who have done well in a full-year art history survey course (but did not get a four or five score or did not take AP art history) may also apply to the chairperson of the History of Art and Design Department to substitute upper-level electives in each survey area for the required courses.

Learning Outcomes

  • Undergraduates are competent in a broad range of knowledge in the history of cultures and their art.
  • Undergraduates understand that the meaning of works of art is tied to changes in social, political, and economic contexts through time.
  • Undergraduates will be able to demonstrate the necessary writing skills to analytically observe and describe works of art and the research skills to place art in its social context.
  • Undergraduates in the B.F.A. degree with studio training and experience learn traditional and innovative techniques in the manipulation of materials that generate artistic expression.
  • Undergraduates will have gained a solid foundation that enables them to successfully apply for study in the discipline at the graduate level.

Curriculum

Requirements for BFA History of Art & Design

  • Semester 1

    Complete these courses.

    FDC-140 Visualization/Representation

    FDC-150 Space, Form, Process

    FDC-160 Light Color Design Lab

    HAD-111 Themes in Art and Culture I

    HMS-101A Literary and Critical Studies I

  • Semester 2

    Complete these courses.

    FDC-141 Visualization/Representation/Concept

    FDC-161 Light Color Design Studio

    FDC-180 Time and Movement

    HAD-112 Themes in Art and Culture II

  • Semester 2 Core

    Complete one of the following Social Science Global Electives. Complete two Writing Intensive courses (SSWI, MSWI) out of your Social Science Global Elective, Social Science Thinking Elective, and Math/Science Core Elective.

    SS-203G Global History to 1800
    OR
    SS-204G Global History Since 1800
    OR
    SS-209G Introduction to Anthropology
    OR
    SS-218G Salvation from Despair: Spiritual Awakenings in the Ancient World
    OR
    SS-220G Islam from Muhammad to the Great Khans
    OR
    SS-246G Lines in the sand:Borders, Nation-State And the Modern International System
    OR
    SS-249G Secret Activities of the CIA And the Modern International System
    OR
    SS-261G Sexual Politics in Transnational Perspective
    OR
    SS-278G Caribbean Music and Festivals: Shapers Of National and Global Identities
    OR
    SSWI-222G Making/Faking Nature
    OR
    SSWI-234G Century of Genocides
    OR
    SSWI-241G Cities and Globalization
    OR
    SSWI-242G Culture, Identity, Power: 1300-1800
    OR
    SSWI-245G The Empire Strikes Back

  • Semester 3

    Complete these courses plus 6 Art History elective credits, and 6 Studio elective credits.

    COMPLETE 6 CREDITS OF HISTORY OF ART AND DESIGN 300 LEVEL ELECTIVES
    COMPLETE 6 CREDITS FROM ANY COURSE IN THE SCHOOL OF ART OR DESIGN.
  • Semester 3 Core

    Complete one of the following Social Science Thinking Electives. Complete two Writing Intensive courses (SSWI, MSWI) out of your Social Science Global Elective, Social Science Thinking Elective, and Math/Science Core Elective.

    SS-201T Sustainable Core
    OR
    SS-247TP Revolution Now!:Students, Politics and Protest
    OR
    SSWI-210T General Psychology
    OR
    SSWI-224T Nomads and Settlers Nomads and Settlers
    OR
    SSWI-233T Violence As Politics
    OR
    SSWI-235T Education and Society
    OR
    SSWI-237T Death & Dying
    OR
    SSWI-240T Shaping the Contemporary City
    OR
    SSWI-250T The Ethics of Research
    OR
    SSWI-255T Telling Tales: Narrative and Meaning in The Humanities
    OR
    SSWI-262T Contemporary Theories of Gender
    OR
    SSWI-276T Music,Creativity, and Consumption
    OR
    SSWI-288T Animals:Ethics and Representation
    OR
    SSWI-291T England Bloody England: Nation, Myth, Identity
    OR
    SSWI-228TP Introduction to Theory and Critique
    OR
    SSWI-244TP Memphis to Ferguson: Rethinking Modern American History

  • Semester 4

    Complete these courses.

    COMPLETE 9 CREDITS OF HISTORY OF ART
    HMS-201A Literary and Critical Studies II

    COMPLETE 3 CREDITS FROM ANY COURSE IN THE SCHOOL OF ART OR DESIGN.
  • Semester 5

    Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts Post Core Elective credits.

    HAD-402 Art Historical Theory and Methodology

    COMPLETE 3 CREDITS OF HISTORY OF ART ELECTIVE AT THE 300 OR 400 LEVEL
    COMPLETE 6 CREDITS FROM ANY COURSE IN THE SCHOOL OF ART OR DESIGN.
  • Semester 6

    Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts Post Core Elective credits.

    MSCI-330 Chemistry for Art History

    COMPLETE 3 CREDITS OF HISTORY OF ART ELECTIVE AT THE 300 OR 400 LEVEL
    COMPLETE 9 CREDITS FROM ANY COURSE IN THE SCHOOL OF ART OR DESIGN.
  • Semester 7

    Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts Post Core (300 or 400 Level) Elective credits.

    COMPLETE 6 CREDITS OF HISTORY OF ART ELECTIVE AT THE 400 LEVEL
    COMPLETE 6 CREDITS FROM ANY COURSE IN THE SCHOOL OF ART OR DESIGN.
    COMPLETE A PRATT INTEGRATIVE COURSE.
  • Semester 8

    Complete these courses plus 6 Liberal Arts Post Core(300 or 400 Level) Elective credits.

    HAD-405 Art History: Senior Project
    OR
    HAD-406 Senior Seminar

    COMPLETE 3 CREDITS OF HISTORY OF ART ELECTIVE AT THE 400 LEVEL
    COMPLETE 3 CREDITS FROM ANY COURSE IN THE SCHOOL OF ART OR DESIGN.