Associate Degree Programs at Pratt
The mission of Pratt’s Associate Degree Programs is to provide a professional and creative learning environment in conjunction with a rigorous career-focused art and design curriculum, balancing technical knowledge and skills with the development of critical thinking and conceptual abilities. These programs serve a diverse student population, both traditional and non-traditional, and offer two study-tracks: a career-oriented A.O.S. track, which prepares students for careers in the art and design professions; and a transfer-oriented A.A.S track which positions A.A.S. graduates to transfer directly into the junior year of the Pratt B.F.A. Programs in Fine Arts or Communication Design.
Graphic Design and Illustration Program Mission
The A.A.S. Major in Graphic Design and Illustration within the Associate Degree Programs is a pre-professional degree program providing the student with the first two years of a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts course of study, upon completion students graduate with an A.A.S. Degree and have the option of entering an arts profession, or applying for transfer into the B.F.A. Program at Pratt or another school of choice. This program offers a strong foundation, advanced-level art and design courses, and a liberal studies component, all combined to create a comprehensive transfer degree.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate fluent understanding of art and design principles and practices while being articulate with the visual language, including an ability to cite historical precedents and apply theoretical principles to projects.
- Students will demonstrate high competency with current design software and digital technology within their specialist discipline while also demonstrating awareness of how new media may affect their practice locally and globally.
- Students will demonstrate effective critical thinking and research strategies while creating innovative solutions to problems and developing an awareness of the cultural and historical context of their work.
- A.A.S. Degree students will effectively utilize a practical skill-set which also includes written and oral presentation skills, culminating in the production of a Portfolio/GPA of a standard required to transfer to the junior year of the Pratt B.F.A. Program
- A.A.S. Degree students will demonstrate through practice and critique a thorough understanding of core foundation and specialist studio principles as well as the liberal arts and humanities components necessary to transfer to the junior year of a B.F.A. Program.
Degree Requirements: Two Years (Four Semesters for 66 Credits)
Requirements for AAS Graphic Design/Illustration, 2017
- Semester 1
- Semester 2
- Semester 2 Core
Complete one of the following Social Science Core 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-209G Introduction to AnthropologyORSS-203G Global History to 1800ORSS-204G Global History Since 1800ORSS-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-241G Cities and GlobalizationORSSWI-245G The Empire Strikes Back
- Semester 3
- Semester 3 Core 1
Complete one of the following Thinking Core 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 CoreORORSS-247TP Revolution Now!:Students, Politics and ProtestORPolitics and ProtestORSSWI-210T General PsycholgyORSSWI-224T Nomads and Settlers Nomads and SettlersORSSWI-235T Education and SocietyORSSWI-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-228TP Introduction ot Theory and Critique
- Semester 3 Core 2
Complete one of the following Math Science Core Electives. Complete two Writing Intensive courses (SSWI, MSWI) out of your Social Science Global Elective, Social Science Thinking Elective, and Math/Science Core Elective.MSCI-220C Science of LightORORMSCI-223C AstronomyORMSCI-225C Starstruck: Meet Our UniverseORMSCI-232C Chemistry of Arist's MaterialsORMSCI-250C GeologyORMSCI-251C Planet EarthORMSCI-252C Natural CatastrophesORMSCI-283C Breeders, Propagators, & CreatorsORMSWI-210C Science & SocietyORMSWI-224C The Physics of MusicORMSWI-230C Chemistry of PigmentsORMSWI-260C EvolutionORMSWI-270C Ecology Environment and Anthropocene
- Semester 4