Graduate Art and Design Education

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The Department of Art and Design Education is distinguished by its interdisciplinary perspective and recognized internationally for its innovative approaches to connecting artistic practice and education. We offer an integrated curriculum that intertwines studio thinking with learning theories and current research in the field. Students develop a firm grounding in content area knowledge in the arts and design disciplines together with expertise in pedagogical strategies and teaching techniques. Conceptual innovation in education design—from lessons to curricula, projects, and programs—are combined with students' own interests and experiences in order to launch unique creative opportunities.

The department provides a stimulating, challenging, and supportive environment for our students, faculty, and staff. Students design and provide educational experiences in a reciprocal relationship with schools, community, and cultural organizations. They are encouraged to address complex social issues, experiment with new ideas and materials, and consider themselves collaborators and partners in addressing the possible role of art and design in social change and transformation. 

Pratt Graduate Art and Design Education educator at work with children

Students are provided opportunities to do research and to work with populations that have the least access to art and design education in a variety of different settings including schools, community-based organizations, and museums.  The department’s Saturday Art School has served as a community-based laboratory for student teaching since Pratt’s founding. It currently serves more than 300 pupils of all ages and backgrounds from Brooklyn’s diverse communities and provides scholarships for many families who have limited resources.  In addition, the department works closely with the Center for Art, Design and Community Engagement, K-12 which provides student internship experiences in community settings. 

The MA Initial and Advanced Certificate programs prepare students to integrate their intensive studio preparation with learning how to teach, in the context of contemporary art and design practices. Students engage in fieldwork and student teaching experiences that help them integrate their studio work, studies in liberal arts, education theory, and teaching practice. Throughout their teaching experiences in K-12 schools and community-based educational settings students;

  • provide holistic studio learning opportunities for young people
  • value young people’s social and cultural assets
  • connect to young people’s families and communities.   

Art and Design Education Faculty

The Art and Design Education faculty work with a range of local, national and international audiences—from children and teens to older adults and families—and with people from a range of abilities and disabilities. They are experts in their subfields, such as urban history, the relationship of studio practice to teaching, teaching diverse learners, museum education, and community art and design education. They are active professionals who present papers, exhibit and perform work, publish, and deliver lectures at conferences and leading institutions and universities. 


Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement