Fine Arts MFA
The Photography and Fine Arts M.F.A.s work closely together which adds to the interdisciplinarity of both programs. Photography Majors share a studio facility with Fine Arts (painting, sculpture, printmaking, integrated practices) Majors; and a portion of their curriculum is cross-listed. Photography students are automatically eligible to take electives in Fine Arts (and vice versa) which creates a healthy dialogue between and among the two departments.
Art & Design Education
Pratt Photography M.F.A. candidates have the opportunity to take a series of two courses in college teaching.
ADE-622 College Teaching (3 Credits)
This course examines teaching and learning in art and design in the context of higher education. Students will study the theories and practices of teaching, learning and research in art and design, including a look at the history of studio teaching, various contemporary and pedagogical approaches, and the education of artists and designers. Current debates centered on arts-based research and practice-based research, course and curriculum planning, assessment in art and design, and doctorates in art or design will also be integrated into the work. The course builds a strong foundation for students interested in teaching at the college level in all art and design majors. It will include discussion, fieldwork research, and project-based work assignments.
ADE-623 College Teaching: Practicum (3 Credits)
This course examines the theories and practice of teaching and learning in art and design in the context of higher education through research and participant observation in Pratt studios and workshops. This course focuses on studio pedagogy, assessment criteria and methodologies, and studio critique through observation and direct teaching experience. The course will be divided into two parts: a practicum that will allow the students to observe and participate in classes within their home department, and a seminar that will examine contemporary pedagogical approaches and the synthesis of theory and practice in the studios and workshops. Faculty in the School of Art and Design have agreed to host a participant observer and to provide opportunities for observation and direct teaching experience. Students taking this class can expect up to accumulate 15 hours of direct teaching experience under the supervision of the mentor teacher. As teaching is assigned, faculty assigned to the course will observe and offer feedback. The course builds a strong foundation for students interested in teaching at the college level and welcomes students from all majors. It will include fieldwork research, discussion, and project-based work assignments.