Pratt sculpture garden

Our vision

We envision an education that enriches and nurtures the imaginations of our students and provides them with the critical thinking tools of the history of art and design for life-long learning and success.

Our Mission

We strive to broaden our students’ intellectual and personal horizons through the study of art, design, and culture within a global perspective. We encourage respectful awareness of our pluralistic community and strive to enlighten our students’ understanding of their own cultural environments as well as their places within them. We work to facilitate the acquisition of the tools of critical inquiry needed to explore gender, class, politics, religious practices, conditions and materials of production, aesthetic expression, and the economics of the market within their larger geographic, historical, theoretical, and social contexts.

Our Values

We value critical thinking, creative exploration and open-minded exchange in a safe, diverse, and socially engaged environment. We offer an inclusive curriculum taught by a faculty with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. We advocate cultural awareness and humility in our investigations, especially when studying cultures and art and design practices and objects outside our own. We also recognize that the writing of history is never neutral and that the choices we make when writing about ourselves and others matter.

Dual M.A./M.S.L.I.S.

A Dual master’s degree with the School of Information is available. Upon satisfactory completion of all degree requirements, students pursuing this option will graduate with an MA/MSLIS. Each portion of the program is a 30-credit course of study making a total of 60 credits.

Museum Studies Certificate

The Advanced Certificate in Museum Studies is a 15-credit NYSED approved program that enhances any graduate degree at Pratt with courses that deepen one's knowledge and expertise in museum history, practice and theory. The program provides a firm foundation in the study of these areas and is supported by a broad range of electives that address all aspects of exhibition, collecting and preservation of culture in museums and institutions of display more broadly.

See History of Art and Design, MA Curriculum Overview and Yearly Plan of Study