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.
- 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.
Requirements for BFA (Fashion Design)
- 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-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: 1300-1800ORSS-256GP Law, War and Empire in Modern World HistoryORSSWI-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 LightORORMSCI-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
- Semester 7
- Semester 8