B.F.A. in History of Art and Design
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.
- 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.
Requirements for BFA History of Art & Design
- Semester 1
- Semester 2
- 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 1800ORSS-204G Global History Since 1800ORSS-209G Introduction to AnthropologyORSS-218G Salvation from Despair: Spiritual Awakenings in the Ancient WorldORSS-220G Islam from Muhammad to the Great KhansORSS-246G Lines in the sand:Borders, Nation-State And the Modern International SystemORSS-249G Secret Activities of the CIA And the Modern International SystemORSS-261G Sexual Politics in Transnational PerspectiveORSS-278G Caribbean Music and Festivals: Shapers Of National and Global IdentitiesORSSWI-222G Making/Faking NatureORSSWI-234G Century of GenocidesORSSWI-241G Cities and GlobalizationORSSWI-242G Culture, Identity, Power: 1300-1800ORSSWI-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 ELECTIVESCOMPLETE 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 CoreORSS-247TP Revolution Now!:Students, Politics and ProtestORSSWI-210T General PsychologyORSSWI-224T Nomads and Settlers Nomads and SettlersORSSWI-233T Violence As PoliticsORSSWI-235T Education and SocietyORSSWI-237T Death & DyingORSSWI-240T Shaping the Contemporary CityORSSWI-250T The Ethics of ResearchORSSWI-255T Telling Tales: Narrative and Meaning in The HumanitiesORSSWI-262T Contemporary Theories of GenderORSSWI-276T Music,Creativity, and ConsumptionORSSWI-288T Animals:Ethics and RepresentationORSSWI-291T England Bloody England: Nation, Myth, IdentityORSSWI-228TP Introduction to Theory and CritiqueORSSWI-244TP Memphis to Ferguson: Rethinking Modern American History
- Semester 4
Complete these courses.COMPLETE 9 CREDITS OF HISTORY OF ARTHMS-201A Literary and Critical Studies IICOMPLETE 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 MethodologyCOMPLETE 3 CREDITS OF HISTORY OF ART ELECTIVE AT THE 300 OR 400 LEVELCOMPLETE 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 HistoryCOMPLETE 3 CREDITS OF HISTORY OF ART ELECTIVE AT THE 300 OR 400 LEVELCOMPLETE 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 LEVELCOMPLETE 6 CREDITS FROM ANY COURSE IN THE SCHOOL OF ART OR DESIGN.COMPLETE A PRATT INTEGRATIVE COURSE.
- Semester 8