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Summer PreCollege

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Discover your creative passion, build friendships, and find your place at Pratt in this immersive college-level program.

Spend the summer on Pratt’s Brooklyn campus in intensive art, design, architecture, or creative writing courses, informed and inspired by the backdrop of New York City. During this four-week full-time program, students develop conceptual and technical skills; and create portfolio pieces for college admission, while earning elective college credits.

Join high school students from diverse backgrounds and develop your creative passions into potential career paths while building friendships, and enjoying Pratt’s beautiful Brooklyn campus this summer. 

Dates, Deadlines & Costs

Applications have closed for the Summer 2024 PreCollege Program

Dates and Deadlines
In-Person ProgramMonday, July 8 – Friday, August 2, 2024
Scholarship Application DeadlineMarch 1
International Student Application DeadlineApril 1
Application DeadlineMay 15
Deposit DeadlineMay 15
Payment DeadlineJune 1
Tuition–4 undergraduate college credits**
(PreCollege Summer tuition is discounted 38% per credit of undergraduate tuition rate )
Application Fee*$50
Program Deposit* **$600
Activities Fee*$475
Meal Plan$693

**Program deposit is applied toward tuition.

After the above deadlines, students may be admitted if space remains in the selected course(s).

Your registration will be entered into Pratt Institute’s database around mid-April, at which time you will receive a bill to be paid upon receipt.

Note: Costs exclude course materials, local travel, and incidentals. Materials can range between $200-$400 depending on the course of study. Limited scholarship awards are available through the PreCollege program.

Program Schedule 

The Summer PreCollege program at Pratt is a full-time academically rigorous program. Attendance is required for all class sessions.

Summer PreCollege students each take two intensive studio courses, offered in a variety of disciplines. These hands-on classes provide exploration of the diversity of majors available at Pratt. Most classes are taught by Pratt faculty using state-of-the-art equipment, studio spaces, and classrooms across campus. Courses provide an introduction to Pratt’s undergraduate curriculum and equip students with elective college credits which are accepted at most colleges and universities. The program culminates into a Final Exhibition where students showcase their work to friends, family, and the Pratt community.

Residential students’ immersion experience on Pratt’s beautiful Brooklyn campus includes supplementary academic and cultural activities, such as studio hours guided by Pratt degree students serving as Studio Mentors for; guided museum trips; and portfolio development sessions led by Pratt Admissions Counselors. Students can also book one-on-one portfolio reviews with Pratt admissions counselors during their time on campus.  Upon completion of the PreCollege Program, students will have developed portfolio pieces they can use in their college application to the art, design/architecture college of their choice.

Participation in most weekend and evening activities along with a nightly curfew is mandatory for residential students. During class breaks and scheduled flex times students can enjoy the beauty of Pratt’s campus and explore New York City while following safety protocols.

Commuter students may attend studio hours sessions or anticipate spending an equal amount of time completing homework at home. Some assignments require special tools that cannot be accessed outside of the scheduled studio times and cannot be completed at home.  

Eligibility Requirements

  • At least 16 years old and no older than 18 years old.
  • Currently enrolled in high school (or equivalent program).
  • United States citizen, permanent resident, or international student with approved US Visa
  • Self-motivated, responsible, and willing to dive into college-level study with support from staff and faculty.
  • Passionate and inquisitive about creating works of art, design, architecture or writing. The program is open to all levels of experience but best suited for students who have some experience with a creative practice, whether in a formal or informal setting.

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