Drawing is a universal impulse that defines what is fundamentally human. Animals were drawn on cave walls over twenty millennia ago and today we still see drawing’s influence in every form of visual and spatial expression. Pratt’s undergraduate Drawing curriculum encompasses the full range of mark-making, from traditional practices to the latest technologies. As Drawing majors, students will be challenged to explore all possibilities of what a drawing can be and which conceptual approaches, tools, and techniques best convey their ideas and intentions.
Drawing can be a direct, spontaneous, and immediate record made in real time or it can be a calculated, methodical, and precise work executed by a computer program. Drawing reveals thoughts, ideas, and relationships drawn from observation, interpretation, and imagination. Drawing cuts across cultures, histories, and national boundaries. In the hands of artists like Agnes Martin, William Kentridge, and Kara Walker, drawing has achieved recognition as a primary art form in itself.
Pratt’s highly regarded faculty of New York-based artists and educators insures that students will be exposed to a range of approaches and methods of drawing in a contemporary critical context. The city’s world-class museums, galleries, artists’ studios, and alternative spaces function as an extension of Pratt’s classrooms and studios where students will find a community of like-minded peers and mentors invested in fostering their growth as professional artists.
Requirements from BFA Drawing, 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-203G Global History to 1800ORSS-204G Global History Since 1800ORSS-209G Introduction to AnthropologyORSS-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-256GP Law, War and Empire in Modern World HistoryORSS-261G Sexual Politics in Transnational PerspectiveORSS-278G Caribbean Music and Festivals: Shapers Of National and Global IdentitiesORSSWI-222G Making/Faking NatureORSSWI-234G Century of GenocidesORSSWI-241G Cities and GlobalizationORSSWI-242G Culture, Identity, Power: 1300-1800ORSSWI-245G The Empire Strikes Back
- Semester 3
- Semester 3 Core
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 CoreORSS-247TP Revolution Now!:Students, Politics and ProtestORSSWI-210T General PsycholgyORSSWI-224T Nomads and Settlers Nomads and SettlersORSSWI-233T Violence As PoliticsORSSWI-235T Education and SocietyORSSWI-237T Death & DyingORSSWI-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-291T England Bloody England: Nation, Myth, IdentityORSSWI-228TP Introduction ot Theory and CritiqueORSSWI-244TP Memphis to Ferguson: Rethinking Modern American History
- Semester 4
- Semester 4 Core
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 LightORMSCI-222C Intro. to ElectronicsORMSCI-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 Acoustic MusicORMSWI-230C Chemistry of PigmentsORMSWI-260C EvolutionORMSWI-263C The Biological Significance of Art and TechonologyORMSWI-270C Ecology Environment and Anthropocene
- Semester 5
Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts Post-Core Elective credits and 3 All Institute Elective credits
DRWG-305 Drawing IIIORORDRWG-307 Expanded Field IORDRWG-321 Illustration and Symbolic Imagery IORDRWG-322 Illustration and Symbolic Imagery IIORDRWG-323 Drawing:Materials and MethodsORTECH-501 Drawing Anatomy IORTECH-502 Drawing Anatomy IIFAU-341 Fine Art Seminar II
- Semester 6
Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts Post-Core Elective credits and 3 Liberal Arts Post-Core (300/400) Level credits.WAC-495A Studio Writing 1
DRWG-305 Drawing IIIORORDRWG-307 Expanded Field IORDRWG-321 Illustration and Symbolic Imagery IORDRWG-322 Illustration and Symbolic Imagery IIORDRWG-323 Drawing:Materials and MethodsORTECH-501 Drawing Anatomy IORTECH-502 Drawing Anatomy II
ORDDA-232 Drawing for Animation IIORDDA-240 3D Modeling IORDDA-250 Coding for ArtistsORDDA-270 Video EditingORDDA-280 Audio for Digital Media
- Semester 7
- Semester 8