Pratt provides students with an outstanding professional education and a traditional residential college experience within the exciting creative environment of one of the pre-eminent art schools in the United States and the world.
Pratt's location, on a 25-acre campus with five residence halls in a residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the art center of the world, Manhattan, is ideal. With an acclaimed contemporary sculpture park on campus, historic buildings, brick pathways, and beautiful landscaping, Pratt provides students with a visually beautiful setting just minutes from Manhattan. Five residence halls on campus plus two dining options (as well as many restaurants in the area) provide students with choices for living.
Students may choose to become involved in student government, clubs, student activities, and they may work on campus in one of the hundreds of student employment jobs available.
Top Three Reasons Students Choose Pratt
(1) A distinguished faculty of practicing artists, designers, architects, writers, and librarians, many of whom have received awards for their work and are leaders in their fields. Often it's faculty connections that land you your internship and eventually your first job, whether it's directly through your instructors or through our Center for Career and Professional Development. Pratt’s placement rate for undergraduate students is 91 percent six months after graduation and 95 percent for graduate students.
Pratt's professors are working professionals who take time off from their successful careers to teach, mentor, and help students find internships and eventually jobs. Google most any professor's name at Pratt, and you'll find that he or she is at the forefront of contemporary art, design, architecture, writing, or library science. Ask students why they chose Pratt, and invariably they will say, "the faculty." The fact that Pratt is one of the largest art schools means that you get to choose from hundreds of faculty and courses. Classes are small so that you can work alongside your professors, receiving feedback on your work, advice about your strengths, and an education focused on your own interests.
(2) The professional nature of the curriculum which starts in the first year as opposed to a traditional liberal arts college where you choose your major in the third year. Because of Pratt's size, you get to choose from an extraordinary variety of majors and concentrations including majors in creative writing and critical and visual studies.
(3) The Campus: Pratt is the only East Coast art school with an enclosed campus and the only art school in New York City with a traditional college campus. Twenty-five acres of tree-lined bricked roadways, grassy areas, five residence halls on campus, and outstanding facilities offer students plenty of "green space" in which to work, relax, and spend time with friends.
Careers in Art and Design
For useful information on life after art school, visit the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design at www.aicad.org/career.htm
The contemporary sculpture garden on campus, ranked among the top 10 in the country, is a popular draw for visitors and provides students with the extraordinary opportunity to live with an ever changing display of contemporary sculpture.
More about Pratt's Curriculum
Pratt has always believed that educating generalists rather than specialists (industrial designers rather than car designers, writers rather than journalists) is essential in supporting our mission: to educate creative individuals to be leaders in their fields. The fact that this philosophy is reflected in the professional world with the boundaries between various art forms disappearing confirms this approach.