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 be able, possessing skill in both traditional and digital methods, to create dynamic illustrations and innovative designs for a variety of contemporary markets.
- Students will be able to assess the needs of a client as well as traits of a client’s targeted demographic.
- Students will be able to integrate a broad understanding of the psychology of design in their design practices.
- Students will be able to articulate the basis of an individual style.
- Students will be able to utilize a thorough understanding of the printing process, both the physical mechanisms and pre-press process, to facilitate the creation of a physical product.