B.F.A. in Art and Design Education (126 credits)

The B.F.A. in Art and Design Education is a 126-credit program that prepares students 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.

Within the BFA in art and design education, students can opt to pursue one of two paths—either NY State Certification in Visual Arts, Pre-K-12, or an immersion in community art and design education. Both paths share the same courses—with the exception of two student teaching courses—and provide the following core experiences:

Studio Core

Students take a sequence of 18 studio credits in a core art or design discipline beginning in their sophomore year. Students choose their core based on their experiences in foundation during their freshman year and their studio interests. 

Teaching Experience

Students pursuing either path take courses that immerse them in fieldwork and student teaching in K-12 public schools and other settings. In junior year, students decide which path they wish to pursue. In senior year students who choose the certification path fulfill their additional student teaching requirements in the public schools while students on the community art and design education path fulfill their remaining student teaching requirements in community-based settings. 

Community Engagement

All students teach in Saturday Art School, a laboratory school for students from Brooklyn’s many neighborhoods. For over a century, Saturday Art School has provided children and adolescents with quality art and design educational experiences. 

Integrative Capstone

Students on both paths complete a capstone course, Curating Learning, in which students integrate theory and practice through reflection and research in the field of art and design education. Students develop their voices as emerging professionals as they synthesize their learning in studio, liberal arts, and teaching.

B.F.A./M.A. in Art and Design Education (Combined Degree)

The B.F.A./M.A. in Art and Design Education (Combined Degree) is a 156-credit program in which students can earn a combined bachelor of fine arts and master of arts degree in Art and Design Education in five years. The fifth year of the program provides students with opportunities to explore new areas in the field of art and design education such as museum education, community art and design education, and performance. Students also conduct research on a topic of their choice and complete a thesis.

By completing both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art and Design Education at Pratt, students can reduce time and cost requirements. All states require a minimum of a bachelor's degree to become a certified teacher. New York State requires teachers to obtain a master's degree in teaching (or a related discipline) within five years of the completion of their initial degree.

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 with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students can complete the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for graduate financial aid, which consists of loans for the entire cost of graduate study. Tuition and fees will be charged at the graduate level.