Pratt Institute student working next to a tree in the spring

PreCollege Fall and Spring Programs

Fall and Spring PreCollege programs at Pratt are for commuter students, and are held on weekends at the Manhattan campus. The summer program is a month-long intensive for both commuter and resident students located on the Brooklyn campus.

The PreCollege Summer Program

Each summer, over 400 high school students seize the opportunity to experience college-level study in Pratt Institute's PreCollege program. Students are immersed in a program of art, design, architecture, creative writing, or critical and visual studies, modeled after Pratt's undergraduate offerings. Upon completion of the program, students earn four elective college credits.

The summer PreCollege program consists of four classes, as well as lectures and cultural and social events. Students pick one of the credit-bearing electives offered; and are automatically enrolled in a foundation class (also credit-bearing), an art history/appreciation class, and a portfolio development class, (both are non-credit, pass / fail courses) to complement their elective of choice.


The certificate curriculum is offered for students interested in a continued pursuit within a specific discipline offered through a series of courses. Certificate students are asked to choose a concentration of study within one of Pratt’s four certificate options: Architecture, Art, Design, or Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Read more about the PreCollege program and register online.