The M.F.A. in Interior Design at Pratt Institute is located within the ultimate learning environment of New York City—the interior design capital of the United States. Over the last decade, Design Intelligence has consistently ranked our undergraduate and graduate programs in the top three in the country. As one of the most prominent graduate programs in the country, we inspire our students to become leaders by setting high standards for critical thinking, exemplary expression, professional aptitude, and responsible action in enhancing and transforming the human environment. We present an inspiring and challenging course of study in an expanding and dynamic discipline. The M.F.A. in Interior Design guides students in generating creative solutions that integrate an understanding of craft and making, material research, changing technologies, sustainable practices, and current issues, including knowledge about global cultural history and diverse contexts. The program prepares students to engage in critical inquiry and at an explorative capacity which will establish them as innovators in the field of interior design pointing to the larger potentials of professional practice, design education, and research affecting the interior environment.

The M.F.A. degree concentrates on the preparation of individuals who are ready to contribute to the academic discipline as well as the profession. Our students are drawn from all parts of the world, with varying backgrounds and from a variety of disciplines, which creates an intellectually stimulating environment. Our faculty members are a mixture of practicing professionals and academics with many kinds of expertise. They bring real-world design experience and several types of methods and processes into their creative classroom teaching.

The MFA curriculum brings a focus to the interior by concentrating on many scales, uses, and activities, to connect the discipline and practice of interior design to larger issues of habitation, urbanization, and society. The program instills values in its students, not as mere competencies, but as opportunities for critical engagement in the contemporary world. In support of these transformative responsibilities, the program fosters an inquisitive dialogue amongst its faculty and students, thus providing an open exchange between the world of designers, producers, and users of the built environment.

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See Interior Design, MFA Curriculum Overview and Plan of Study

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