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Illustration can inform, inspire, challenge, electrify and enrich the world around us. Come to Manhattan to find yourself in a city full of inspiration and to Pratt’s Associate Degree Department to lose yourself in your work.
Collage of three different illustrations by Graphic Design students. They are laid side by side and have three distinct styles.
Type
Undergraduate, AOS
Credits
66
Duration
4 Semesters
Courses
Plan of Study
School and Department
School of Art,
Associate Degrees
An illustration with a hand at the very top grabbing a mosquito-like character. Beneath is a fish-headed man with fishing rod that has a shark trapped by the bait. Beneath that is a cacophony of character conveying an ecstatic imagination of a girl at the very bottom.
Work by Daniel Herrera, AOS Illustration ‘20

Illustration at Pratt

As an Illustration student in the Associate Degree Department, you will be immersed in studio courses from day one. Our intensive programs deliver the same number and level of art and design courses as a BFA program in half the time by eliminating gen-ed courses. This allows us to give students a complete education as quickly and efficiently as possible. You will begin with foundational art and design courses that set the basis for advanced courses in traditional illustration, digital illustration, painting/drawing, communication design and more.

The Experience

Focused, efficient, and embedded in a tight-knit community, our two-year Illustration Associate Degree program gives you access to core components of the Pratt experience in a highly intensive curricular experience. You will work with faculty at the forefront of their industries in a carefully curated program to prepare you for your next step.

State of the Art Tools

Through rigorous attention to production, technique, and contemporary aesthetics, you’ll develop your art and design practice and with it, agency to create change. You will have access to traditional art and design studios, labs with cutting edge hardware and software and print facilities with endless possibilities.

Internships

New York is full of opportunities for internships in the Illustration fields. We encourage all our second year AOS students to gain invaluable experience through an internship. Using what has been learned in the classroom, you will get a feel for real-world implementation and the challenges and rewards that come from working in your chosen field. Once you have found an opportunity of interest, we will help guide you along the application process.  Our students have held internships in a range of industries, from The Painting Center to Marvel Studios.

Learning Resources

We develop disciplinary fluency in our program of study and we celebrate the interdisciplinary nature of design critical to address the plurality and complexity of the environments in which we operate. Learning resources.

Our Faculty

In the Associate Degree Department, you will be surrounded by faculty consisting of New York’s leading professionals who have both excellence and expertise in their fields and a deep passion for teaching the next generation of creative professionals. With an emphasis on personal attention for each student, our department ensures you will get the guidance and mentorship you need to thrive.

  1. Edward Murr

    Visiting Instructor

  2. Rinn Wight

    Visiting Instructor

  3. Davis Cathcart

    Visiting Instructor

  4. Jimmy Huber

    Visiting Instructor

  5. Deborah Caponera

    Assistant Professor

  6. Charles Parker

    Associate Professor

Illustration of a fish made from junk food as the cover of a magazine

Our Alumni

Pratt’s distinguished alums are leading thriving careers, addressing critical challenges and creating innovative work that reimagines our world, at a diverse selection of companies and institutions. They also go on to become entrepreneurs and principals leading their own studios and businesses.

Our AOS Illustration alumni are set up for success with a well-rounded education allowing them to pursue work in a variety of fields. Whether you are looking to illustrate children’s books, freelance for print or online publications, work at an agency or apply your skills to other industries, with an AOS degree in Illustration your path to excellence is already paved.

Where They Work

  • Brolga – Freelance (Apple, BMW, Target, Jaguar, Nike, H&M, NYT)
  • Helen Escobar – Brooklyn Born Chocolate
  • Rinn Wight – Pratt Institute

Ready for More?

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Thinking seriously about Pratt? Learn more about admissions requirements, plan your visit, talk to a counselor, and start your application. Take the next step.Building your portfolio can be daunting. We’ll answer your questions and help you feel confident about the portfolio you submit with your application. Start building your portfolio, now.Find yourself at home at Pratt: our residence halls, student organizations, athletics, exhibitions, events, the amazing City of New York and our Brooklyn neighbors. Check us out.
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  • Join us tomorrow at the opening reception for the latest installment of Posters for a Cause: OUT OF TIME Designing for Change NOW.
Saturday, April 20 | 7:30-9:00pm | @bettybakery 
211 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY
  • Stop by Table 58 at #moccafest2024 next weekend and say hello to our AOS Illustration students! Link in bio for tickets and directions! (art by @rah_artz ) @soi128 #moccafest
  • We are excited to announce the launch of our monthly newsletter! View our inaugural issue and subscribe - link in bio!
  • Join us for another great Posters for a Cause reception - “Pressing Matters” - Saturday, April 15 8pm at @bettybakery
  • AOS student @finnevanz presenting “Seed Grant: Type Talks” at Pratt Research Open House 2023. DEI seed grant secured by Associate Degree professor @johnbattistadesantis … can’t wait to see the results of all their hard work! @prattresearch #brooklynnavyyard #prattresearch #typography #design #dei
  • Before break our Pre-press and Print Production students with professor @caniregola got to tour GSB Digital’s printing facility in LIC… wonderful people, amazing equipment and incredible work! Thanks for a great day @gsbdigital !
  • Great turnout for Associate Degree Professor @christopherzacharow ‘s exhibition reception earlier this week. Marian Christopher Zacharow | Selected Works | Hiroko Nakamoto Pratt Manhattan Lobby | 144 W. 14th St | On Display Now #prattinstitute #prattexhibits
  • Faculty @1888fsavini and our Photography class were fortunate to meet with the amazing @theastergates at his new exhibit “Young Lords and Their Traces” at the @newmuseum - a wonderful experience with the award winning social practice installation legend!
  • Calling all AAS/AOS alumni! Join us Dec. 8 at 6:30pm (PMC 2nd floor) for our inaugural gathering and the launch of our newly established AAS/AOS Alumni Association! Please RSVP by Dec. 6th.
Join us tomorrow at the opening reception for the latest installment of Posters for a Cause: OUT OF TIME Designing for Change NOW.
Saturday, April 20 | 7:30-9:00pm | @bettybakery 
211 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY
Join us tomorrow at the opening reception for the latest installment of Posters for a Cause: OUT OF TIME Designing for Change NOW. Saturday, April 20 | 7:30-9:00pm | @bettybakery 211 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY
2 months ago
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Stop by Table 58 at #moccafest2024 next weekend and say hello to our AOS Illustration students! Link in bio for tickets and directions! (art by @rah_artz ) @soi128 #moccafest
Stop by Table 58 at #moccafest2024 next weekend and say hello to our AOS Illustration students! Link in bio for tickets and directions! (art by @rah_artz ) @soi128 #moccafest
3 months ago
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2/9
We are excited to announce the launch of our monthly newsletter! View our inaugural issue and subscribe - link in bio!
We are excited to announce the launch of our monthly newsletter! View our inaugural issue and subscribe - link in bio!
4 months ago
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3/9
Join us for another great Posters for a Cause reception - “Pressing Matters” - Saturday, April 15 8pm at @bettybakery
Join us for another great Posters for a Cause reception - “Pressing Matters” - Saturday, April 15 8pm at @bettybakery
1 year ago
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4/9
AOS student @finnevanz presenting “Seed Grant: Type Talks” at Pratt Research Open House 2023. DEI seed grant secured by Associate Degree professor @johnbattistadesantis … can’t wait to see the results of all their hard work! @prattresearch #brooklynnavyyard #prattresearch #typography #design #dei
AOS student @finnevanz presenting “Seed Grant: Type Talks” at Pratt Research Open House 2023. DEI seed grant secured by Associate Degree professor @johnbattistadesantis … can’t wait to see the results of all their hard work! @prattresearch #brooklynnavyyard #prattresearch #typography #design #dei
AOS student @finnevanz presenting “Seed Grant: Type Talks” at Pratt Research Open House 2023. DEI seed grant secured by Associate Degree professor @johnbattistadesantis … can’t wait to see the results of all their hard work! @prattresearch #brooklynnavyyard #prattresearch #typography #design #dei
AOS student @finnevanz presenting “Seed Grant: Type Talks” at Pratt Research Open House 2023. DEI seed grant secured by Associate Degree professor @johnbattistadesantis … can’t wait to see the results of all their hard work! @prattresearch #brooklynnavyyard #prattresearch #typography #design #dei
1 year ago
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5/9
Before break our Pre-press and Print Production students with professor @caniregola got to tour GSB Digital’s printing facility in LIC… wonderful people, amazing equipment and incredible work! Thanks for a great day @gsbdigital !
Before break our Pre-press and Print Production students with professor @caniregola got to tour GSB Digital’s printing facility in LIC… wonderful people, amazing equipment and incredible work! Thanks for a great day @gsbdigital !
Before break our Pre-press and Print Production students with professor @caniregola got to tour GSB Digital’s printing facility in LIC… wonderful people, amazing equipment and incredible work! Thanks for a great day @gsbdigital !
Before break our Pre-press and Print Production students with professor @caniregola got to tour GSB Digital’s printing facility in LIC… wonderful people, amazing equipment and incredible work! Thanks for a great day @gsbdigital !
Before break our Pre-press and Print Production students with professor @caniregola got to tour GSB Digital’s printing facility in LIC… wonderful people, amazing equipment and incredible work! Thanks for a great day @gsbdigital !
Before break our Pre-press and Print Production students with professor @caniregola got to tour GSB Digital’s printing facility in LIC… wonderful people, amazing equipment and incredible work! Thanks for a great day @gsbdigital !
Before break our Pre-press and Print Production students with professor @caniregola got to tour GSB Digital’s printing facility in LIC… wonderful people, amazing equipment and incredible work! Thanks for a great day @gsbdigital !
Before break our Pre-press and Print Production students with professor @caniregola got to tour GSB Digital’s printing facility in LIC… wonderful people, amazing equipment and incredible work! Thanks for a great day @gsbdigital !
Before break our Pre-press and Print Production students with professor @caniregola got to tour GSB Digital’s printing facility in LIC… wonderful people, amazing equipment and incredible work! Thanks for a great day @gsbdigital !
Before break our Pre-press and Print Production students with professor @caniregola got to tour GSB Digital’s printing facility in LIC… wonderful people, amazing equipment and incredible work! Thanks for a great day @gsbdigital !
1 year ago
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Great turnout for Associate Degree Professor @christopherzacharow ‘s exhibition reception earlier this week. Marian Christopher Zacharow | Selected Works | Hiroko Nakamoto Pratt Manhattan Lobby | 144 W. 14th St | On Display Now #prattinstitute #prattexhibits
Great turnout for Associate Degree Professor @christopherzacharow ‘s exhibition reception earlier this week. Marian Christopher Zacharow | Selected Works | Hiroko Nakamoto Pratt Manhattan Lobby | 144 W. 14th St | On Display Now #prattinstitute #prattexhibits
Great turnout for Associate Degree Professor @christopherzacharow ‘s exhibition reception earlier this week. Marian Christopher Zacharow | Selected Works | Hiroko Nakamoto Pratt Manhattan Lobby | 144 W. 14th St | On Display Now #prattinstitute #prattexhibits
Great turnout for Associate Degree Professor @christopherzacharow ‘s exhibition reception earlier this week. Marian Christopher Zacharow | Selected Works | Hiroko Nakamoto Pratt Manhattan Lobby | 144 W. 14th St | On Display Now #prattinstitute #prattexhibits
Great turnout for Associate Degree Professor @christopherzacharow ‘s exhibition reception earlier this week. Marian Christopher Zacharow | Selected Works | Hiroko Nakamoto Pratt Manhattan Lobby | 144 W. 14th St | On Display Now #prattinstitute #prattexhibits
Great turnout for Associate Degree Professor @christopherzacharow ‘s exhibition reception earlier this week. Marian Christopher Zacharow | Selected Works | Hiroko Nakamoto Pratt Manhattan Lobby | 144 W. 14th St | On Display Now #prattinstitute #prattexhibits
Great turnout for Associate Degree Professor @christopherzacharow ‘s exhibition reception earlier this week. Marian Christopher Zacharow | Selected Works | Hiroko Nakamoto Pratt Manhattan Lobby | 144 W. 14th St | On Display Now #prattinstitute #prattexhibits
Great turnout for Associate Degree Professor @christopherzacharow ‘s exhibition reception earlier this week. Marian Christopher Zacharow | Selected Works | Hiroko Nakamoto Pratt Manhattan Lobby | 144 W. 14th St | On Display Now #prattinstitute #prattexhibits
1 year ago
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Faculty @1888fsavini and our Photography class were fortunate to meet with the amazing @theastergates at his new exhibit “Young Lords and Their Traces” at the @newmuseum - a wonderful experience with the award winning social practice installation legend!
Faculty @1888fsavini and our Photography class were fortunate to meet with the amazing @theastergates at his new exhibit “Young Lords and Their Traces” at the @newmuseum - a wonderful experience with the award winning social practice installation legend!
Faculty @1888fsavini and our Photography class were fortunate to meet with the amazing @theastergates at his new exhibit “Young Lords and Their Traces” at the @newmuseum - a wonderful experience with the award winning social practice installation legend!
Faculty @1888fsavini and our Photography class were fortunate to meet with the amazing @theastergates at his new exhibit “Young Lords and Their Traces” at the @newmuseum - a wonderful experience with the award winning social practice installation legend!
2 years ago
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Calling all AAS/AOS alumni! Join us Dec. 8 at 6:30pm (PMC 2nd floor) for our inaugural gathering and the launch of our newly established AAS/AOS Alumni Association! Please RSVP by Dec. 6th.
Calling all AAS/AOS alumni! Join us Dec. 8 at 6:30pm (PMC 2nd floor) for our inaugural gathering and the launch of our newly established AAS/AOS Alumni Association! Please RSVP by Dec. 6th.
2 years ago
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