Painting is the largest area of emphasis within the Department of Fine Arts at Pratt. In the Painting curriculum students will develop a sense of purpose while learning to express ideas effectively in a visual language and developing a mature studio practice. The undergraduate painting curriculum intentionally embraces diverse styles and working methods that range from direct observation from life and working from photographs to making work entirely driven by abstract ideas. Such diverse approaches are reflected in the work of Pratt’s award-winning professors, all of who are active in the New York art world. Through training in the skilled use of materials and focused discussions in the histories and critical traditions of painting, students will graduate well prepared to advance their careers as young artists.

In the senior year, students are assigned an individual studio in which to develop their most advanced work. This final thesis year emphasizes individual meetings with professors in their studios as well as public critiques with prominent visiting artists. The year culminates in a Thesis Exhibition where students exhibit their work publicly in galleries on the Pratt campus.

Beyond working in their studios, Pratt students can take advantage of the world-class museums and galleries of Manhattan, a short subway ride away. Pratt’s adjacent Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg, DUMBO, and Bushwick have undergone a cultural renaissance and provide a vibrant and stimulating community for today’s most ambitious young artists. 

Curriculum

Requirements for BFA Painting, 2017

  • Semester 1

    Complete these courses.

    FDC-140 Visualization/Representation

    FDC-150 Space, Form, Process

    FDC-160 Light Color Design Lab

    HA-111 Themes in Art and Culture I

    HMS-101A Literary and Critical Studies I

  • Semester 2

    Complete these courses.

    FDC-141 Visualization/Representation/Concept

    FDC-161 Light Color Design Studio

    FDC-180 Time and Movement

    HA-112 Themes in Art and Culture II

  • 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 1800
    OR
    SS-204G Global History Since 1800
    OR
    SS-209G Introduction to Anthropology
    OR
    SS-218G Salvation from Despair: Spiritual Awakenings in the Ancient World
    OR
    SS-220G Islam from Muhammad to the Great Khans
    OR
    SS-246G Lines in the sand:Borders, Nation-State And the Modern International System
    OR
    SS-249G Secret Activities of the CIA And the Modern International System
    OR
    SS-256GP Law, War and Empire in Modern World History
    OR
    SS-261G Sexual Politics in Transnational Perspective
    OR
    SS-278G Caribbean Music and Festivals: Shapers Of National and Global Identities
    OR
    SSWI-222G Making/Faking Nature
    OR
    SSWI-234G Century of Genocides
    OR
    SSWI-241G Cities and Globalization
    OR
    SSWI-242G Culture, Identity, Power: 1300-1800
    OR
    SSWI-245G The Empire Strikes Back

  • Semester 3

    Complete these courses.

    PTG-205 Painting I

    FAU-241 Fine Arts Seminar I

    Complete 3 credits History of Art and Design Elective
    Complete 3 credits of Drawing or Printmaking
  • 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 Core
    OR
    SS-247TP Revolution Now!:Students, Politics and Protest
    OR
    SSWI-210T General Psycholgy
    OR
    SSWI-224T Nomads and Settlers Nomads and Settlers
    OR
    SSWI-233T Violence As Politics
    OR
    SSWI-235T Education and Society
    OR
    SSWI-237T Death & Dying
    OR
    SSWI-240T Shaping the Contemporary City
    OR
    SSWI-250T The Ethics of Research
    OR
    SSWI-255T Telling Tales: Narrative and Meaning in The Humanities
    OR
    SSWI-262T Contemporary Theories of Gender
    OR
    SSWI-276T Music,Creativity, and Consumption
    OR
    SSWI-288T Animals:Ethics and Representation
    OR
    SSWI-291T England Bloody England: Nation, Myth, Identity
    OR
    SSWI-228TP Introduction ot Theory and Critique
    OR
    SSWI-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 Light
    OR
    MSCI-222C Intro. to Electronics
    OR
    MSCI-223C Astronomy
    OR
    MSCI-225C Starstruck: Meet Our Universe
    OR
    MSCI-232C Chemistry of Arist's Materials
    OR
    MSCI-250C Geology
    OR
    MSCI-251C Planet Earth
    OR
    MSCI-252C Natural Catastrophes
    OR
    MSCI-283C Breeders, Propagators, & Creators
    OR
    MSWI-210C Science & Society
    OR
    MSWI-224C The Physics of Acoustic Music
    OR
    MSWI-230C Chemistry of Pigments
    OR
    MSWI-260C Evolution
    OR
    MSWI-263C The Biological Significance of Art and Techonology
    OR
    MSWI-270C Ecology Environment and Anthropocene

  • Semester 5

    Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts Post Core Elective Credits and 3 All Institute Elective credits.

    PTG-305 Painting III

    FAU-341 Fine Art Seminar II

    COMPLETE 200 or 300 LEVEL DRAWING CLASS
    Complete 3 credit History of Art and Design Elective
  • Semester 6

    Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts Post-Core Elective credits and 3 Liberal Arts (300/400) Level Post-Core Elective credits.




    OR
    DDA-232 Drawing for Animation II
    OR
    DDA-240 3D Modeling I
    OR
    DDA-250 Coding for Artists
    OR
    DDA-270 Video Editing
    OR
    DDA-280 Audio for Digital Media

  • Semester 7

    Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts (300/400) Level Post-Core Elective.

    PTG-405 Painting V

    FAU-441 Fine Arts Seminar III

    FA-310 Professional Practices

    WAC-495B Studio Writing 2

    Complete Pratt Integrative Course
  • Semester 8

    Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts (300/400) Level Post-Core Elective Credits and 6 All Institute Elective credits.

    PTG-406 Painting VI

    WAC-495C Studio Writing 3