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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. 

See Fine Arts, BFA (Emphasis in Painting) Curriculum Overview and Plan of Study

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