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.
Requirements for BFA Painting
- 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-236G Comparative RevolutionsORSS-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 PsychologyORSSWI-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 to 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
- Semester 6
Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts Post-Core Elective credits and 3 Liberal Arts (300/400) Level Post-Core Elective credits.
DDA-500 Special TopicsORDDA-514 Storyboarding & Storytelling AnimationORDDA-555 Subverting Digital MediaORDDA-577 Advanced Video Editing GraphicsORFVID-251 Fx, Tricks + PixORFVID-370 Multimedia InstallationORCOMD-230 Lighting and the Contemporary PortfolioORCOMD-411 After EffectsORCOMD-461 Visualizing the IdeaORCOMD-477 Motion Design: Graphic Design FORCOMD-481 Digital paintingORPHOT-210 Digital PhotographyORTECH-574 Digital Tools for Object MakersORJWLR-221 Perspectives in Jewelry Cad/Cam Tech
- Semester 7
- Semester 8