Fashion Design students in the classroom

Mission Statement

Fashion education at Pratt Institute is trans-disciplinary in nature, closely allied with illustration, photography, film, performance, visual studies, and material culture. The practice of fashion is taught as one's cultural embodiment within a social framework and learned through rigorous attention to production, craft and contemporary aesthetics. Students build a vision and a language through conceptual processes emphasizing curiosity, imagination, improvisation and play. They communicate that vision through proficiency in construction and illustration skills, fluency with materials, traditional techniques, and digital technologies as well as synthesis of germane research. One of the world's most prestigious independent colleges, Pratt is globally recognized for its distinguished academic record. Graduates in fashion carry the hallmarks of the department into the working world, where they are recognized for a commitment to ingenuity, authenticity, creativity and personal vision as well as an informed versatility. Their creative approach both reflects and challenges the needs of contemporary culture.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate exceptional construction and patternmaking skills. They will be conversant in 2-D and 3-D processes along with construction details and finishes that allow for innovative cut, shape and silhouette.
  • Students will have an in-depth knowledge of materiality and will have acquired a sophisticated curiosity with emergent textiles and technology.
  • Students will be able to communicate their design philosophy with conviction by understanding the history of fashion and the theoretical underpinnings that drive fashion and contemporary culture.
  • Students will be committed to the creative process having strong conceptual thinking skills and an informed versatility required to work in the broad range of the fashion industry from the commercial to the avant-garde.
  • Students will be able to design, produce and progressively present, cohesive, contemporary, and authentic collections.

Curriculum

Requirements for BFA (Fashion Design)

  • Semester 1

    Complete these courses.

    FASD-110 Fashion Studio:Concepts and Criteria

    FASD-113 Drawing:Figure and Form

    FASD-121 Drape & Construct I

    HMS-101A Literary and Critical Studies I

    HAD-111 Themes in Art and Culture I

  • Semester 2

    Complete these courses.

    FASD-114 Fashion Illustration I

    FASD-122 Drape & Construct II

    FASD-145 Contextualizing Fashion

    HAD-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-236G Comparative Revolutions
    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-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
    SS-256GP Law, War and Empire in Modern World History
    OR
    SSWI-245G The Empire Strikes Back

  • Semester 3

    Complete these courses.

    FASD-210 Fashion Studio II: Materiality + Design

    FASD-213 Fashion Illustration II: Digital Studio

    FASD-221 Drape & Construct III

    HAD-368 Contemporary Fashion

  • 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 Psychology
    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 to Theory and Critique
    OR
    SSWI-244TP Memphis to Ferguson: Rethinking Modern American History

  • Semester 4

    Complete these courses plus a 3 credit All Institute Elective.

    FASD-211 Hand Knitwear

    FASD-217 Fashion Design I

    FASD-222 Drape & Construct IV

    HMS-201A Literary and Critical Studies II

  • 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
    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.

    FASD-317 Fashion Design II

    FASD-301 Shape and Form I

    FASD-333 Methods in Fashion Construction

    Complete 3 credits of History of Art and Design Elective
    Complete 3 credits of Fashion Elective
  • Semester 6

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

    FASD-318 Fashion Design III

    FASD-302 Shape and Form II

    Complete a 3 credit Fashion Elective

  • Semester 7

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

    FASD-401 Collection I

    FASD-441 Portfolio:Development in Strategy and Identity

  • Semester 8

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

    FASD-402 Collection II

    FASD-490 Internship III

    Complete a 3 credits Fashion Elective