Undergraduate 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. 

Student work

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 BFA and BFA/MS degrees 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.   

Program I - B.F.A. in Art and Design Education

A B.F.A. in Art and Design Education is a 126-credit program that prepares students for certification to teach art or design education at the Pre-K–12 level, combining rigorous work in art and design education with extensive opportunities for core and elective classes in specific artistic disciplines. Students begin their studies in the foundation year and subsequently continue their core studio classes and their education courses in the department.

Program II - Combined Degree B.F.A./M.A. in Art and Design Education

Combined Degree B.F.A./M.A. in Art and Design Education is a 156-credit program where students can earn a combined bachelor of fine arts and master of arts degree in Art and Design Education in five years (may include summer sessions). Students may apply to the program by selecting this option on the freshman or transfer admissions application or by applying in the second semester of the junior year of the undergraduate degree in Art and Design Education.

Students must remain in good academic standing to continue at the graduate level. They will also need to meet all requirements for graduate-level study including graduate academic standing requirements, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students will be considered for a graduate scholarship, and if they complete the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), will be packaged for graduate financial aid which consists of loans for the entire cost of attendance for graduate study. Tuition and fees will be charged at the graduate level.

Both the B.F.A. in Art and Design Education and the combined B.F.A./M.A. in Art and Design Education lead to New York State Initial Certification in Visual Arts, Pre-K–12.

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