Connect to a uniquely vibrant community within an art, design, and architecture school centered in Brooklyn as you explore the ways media shape our views on culture, society, and politics. Blend critical theory with practical skills to examine media’s effects on power dynamics, inequality, and diversity locally and globally.
Combining critical theory and creative practices, your education in media studies will enable you to understand how media influence the way we perceive and interpret the world. We approach media not only as technologies of creating and sharing information but as productive spaces within which power, identity and differences are articulated, negotiated, and challenged. In our Graduate Program in Media Studies, you’ll develop analytical and practical skills in and outside of the studio environment to address media’s impact on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and social change. Our small classes allow you to work closely with diverse faculty who are experts in areas such as digital media, global communication culture, film, performance, music, and sound.
Take a look at recent examples of work by our students in our media studies courses.
If you are interested in both media theory and critical practice, and want to pursue a graduate media studies program in an art environment, Media Studies at Pratt is the right place. Offered at the Brooklyn campus, our program is connected to a larger community of critics, artists and designers on and beyond our campus who engage in and create the very media we study.
Internships & Electives
The program offers a range of internships and electives within media studies. You can develop particular areas of concentration, first through coursework and then in one-to-one work with thesis advisers. In elective seminars, you’ll join small discussions focused on individual or team presentations on the analysis of texts, films, objects, themes, and theories, engaging the interface between the theorization and production of media objects.
With an MA in Media Studies form Pratt, graduates are able to:
work as media professionals
work across media platforms dedicated to promoting the arts, humanities, education, culture, and social justice
work as writers, curators, administrators, critics, or social media professionals
situate their creative practice within the contemporary media environment
pursue a PhD in a cinema, media, cultural studies, race and gender studies, queer studies, and more
The creative professionals and scholars in Pratt’s Media Studies faculty share a common desire to develop each student’s potential and creativity to the fullest. Bringing different views, methods, and perspectives from their industries, they infuse cultural and professional expertise into the program which cultivates a rigorous educational model for our students.
Pratt’s distinguished alumni are leading diverse and thriving careers, addressing critical challenges, and creating innovative work that reimagines our world.
Where They Work
Eric Trenkamp, GPMS ’20, author of Race, War, and the Cinematic Myth of America: Dust That Never Settles—book based on MA thesis project.
Keisha Nicole Knight, GPMS ’18 created Sentient.Art.Film, a creative distribution initiative for distributing experimental films.
Lauren La Melle, GPMS ’18 Office Manager at Aubin Pictures and creator of ScaryCrit — a podcast about horror films and Blackness.
Alexa McDougall, GPMS ’20 Project Manager at NBCUniversal Media.
Paige Polk, GPMS ’19 joined the Advancement Project National Office team in DC as Sr. Digital Campaigns Innovator, where she builds interactive digital projects related to their community organizing campaigns.
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Double Cultura is an award-winning short film from @PrattFilm_Video graduate Yessenia Sanchez. The film follows 12-year-old Marisol as she navigates the English-speaking world, acting as translator for her Spanish-speaking mother. This overwhelming responsibility climaxes when Marisol must be the bearer of bad medical news.
The film will screen on @HBO Max for Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month.
Yessenia(she/her/ella) is a Mexican-American filmmaker from Northern California. She received her BFA in Film at Pratt Institute (2021) where she was awarded the 2020-21 Horn Art and Design Award for notable creative achievement in filmmaking.
Recently, Yessenia was a finalist for the 2022 American Cinema Editors Internship program, and is currently working as an Assistant Editor at @Media.Monks based in Los Angeles. Her independent projects aim to redirect fictional narratives to reflect non-fictional moments we live through. By focusing on the complexities of Latine/x experiences, she plans to share the vibrancy of multiculturalism, the versatility of language, and the heart of what it means to be more than one thing.
Video courtesy of @yessenia.sanchez21
#LatinxHeritageMonth #HispanicHeritageMonth #LatinxFilmMaker #MexicanAmericanFilmMaker
“the oceans are rising and so are we!” Repost from @nypirg_pratt at the Climate Week NYC March to End Fossil Fuels.
Over 75,000 people joined the protest, the largest since before the Covid-19 pandemic.
#ClimateWeekNYC #PrattInstitute #NYPIRG
Pratt Industrial Design Alumni Chen Chen and Kai Williams (@ChenandKai) share their insights with @Rarify in the new series "How to Collect."
#Design #IndustrialDesign #ProductDesign
There is no denying that hats are a defining feature of Beyonce's Renaissance World Tour and many of these stand-out toppers are from the custom millinery shop of Pratt alumna Sarah Sokol (@SarahSokolMillinery). The 2011 interior design grad discovered her love of the craft after taking a millinery techniques course at Pratt. Her eye-catching chapeaus have graced the heads of icons from Billy Porter to Mary J. Blige, and are a defining feature of Cardi B. and Megan Thee Stallion's latest video for "Bongos".
Congrats to @PrattFashion senior @Malek_Rasmussen on winning the Featured Designer Golden Shears Award at @OmahaFashionWeek!
Malek competed with over 40 professional independent designers at the nation's fourth-largest fashion week, presenting looks from his Junior thesis collection. Now in its fifteenth year, Omaha Fashion Week is a nonprofit that aims to nurture emerging designers in partnership with local fashion educators.
Swipe through to check out selections from his winning collection.
#PrattFashion #PrattInstitute #Pratt #FashionWeek
Announcing Pratt>Forward 2024! The upcoming edition of the @PrattFineArt program for emerging artists offers studio space and a month of intensive collaboration in partnership with @SilverArtProjects.
Pratt>Forward is a monthlong program that connects emerging artists with leading practitioners and thought leaders in the field and offers opportunities for professional development, community building, and creative exploration.
Pratt>Forward ’24 will take place in March, in partnership with Silver Art Projects at the World Trade Center. Ten participants, five of whom will be Pratt Fine Arts alumni, will be selected via an open call and receive a full scholarship and a $2,000 stipend.
Pratt>Forward is co-directed by Mickalene Thomas, BFA ’00, and Fine Arts Chair Jane South. Core mentors for 2024 include Pratt Trustee and alumnus Derrick Adams, BFA Art and Design Education ’96; arts organizer and Director of Company Gallery Elizabeth Lamb; curator, art educator, and Director of Communications and Education at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center Emily McElwreath; artist José Parlá; and curator, activist, and Project for Empty Space Founder Jasmine Wahi.
Apply: Please see the link in bio.
Deadline: 5 PM, October 20
Program Dates: March 4–29, 2024
Pratt>Forward is grateful to Lilly Robicsek, director, Silver Art Projects, for her collaboration and to Silverstein Properties for their support. Thank you also to our amazing core mentors @derrickadamsny #ElizabethLamb @emilymcelwreath_art @companygallery @thebrantfoundation @joseparla @browngirlcurator and to @mickalenethomas without whom #PrattForward would not be possible #ThankYou.
📸 Mickalene Thomas by Tropical Cream, Jasmine Wahi by Dario Calmese, and WTC by Joe Woolhead
Discover the work of Pratt Alumni in this range of recent books, from deep dives into design and visual journeys around the world, to personal histories, poetic explorations, and literary escapes for all ages. Visit the link in our profile to learn about these and more new and noteworthy titles showcasing the work of Pratt Alumni.
Video: Hands hold books, flipping them up to reveal covers while upbeat music plays. Background is books on library shelves.
“Chrome Valley,” Mahogany L. Browne, MFA Writing ’16; “20 Years of Calendars: Street Scenes and People,” Michael Gerbino, BFA Communications Design ’82, Professor Emeritus of Undergraduate Communications Design; “BOOK,” They Might Be Giants -John Flansburgh, BFA Fine Arts (Printmaking) ’84, photographs by Fine Arts alumnus Brian Karlsson; “Fitting In,” John Olson and Haruka Aoki, both MFA Communications Design ’12; “Fashion Portfolio: Create, Curate, Innovate,” Michelle Nahum-Albright, BFA Communications Design ’75; “Tides and Transgressions,” Duke Riley, MFA Fine Arts ’06; “The Heart Is a Sandwich,” Jason Fulford, BFA Communications Design ’96; “City of Secrets (Battle Dragons #3),” Alex London, MSLIS ’10
@mobrowne @michael_gerbino @tmbgofficial @thecosmicharuka @dukerileystudio @mushroom_collector @mnahumalbright @alexander_london
@PrattWriting @PrattBFACommD @Pratt_SOD @SoArtPratt @PrattFineArt @PrattISchool @PrattAlumni
🔥 Repost from Laura Kim, BFA Fashion '04 (@TokiBunBun). The cocreative director for @MonseMaison shared her custom designs for @BlackPinkOfficial ♥️
Abe Robledo; Jnkloops; Blackpinkministrycorps
#Blinks #BlackPinkWorldTour #PrattFashion #PrattAlumni
The MA in Media Studies at Pratt, offered at the Brooklyn campus, is situated in the uniquely vibrant environment of an art, design, and architecture school. Students who value both media scholarship and media practices are encouraged to apply. Classes are small and students work closely with their professors.
Our program is connected to a larger community of artists and designers on and beyond our campus who are using and producing the very media we study. Creativity or the creation of ideas, worlds, and things is a central feature of our program. Our students engage “media” as more than a set of technologies with which to create and share information. “Media” encompasses an array of cultural, social, aesthetic, and economic processes, policies, and practices that shape the ways we experience and interpret the world. In other words, we understand media creation and media forms to be world-making projects that have histories and politics.
Students and faculty investigate the significant social, political, cultural, economic, and aesthetic questions of our time as we read contemporary theory, rethink media forms, and revisit relevant archives to consider the ways in which gender and sexuality, race, nation, and power as well as technology mediate our understandings and experiences of the world we inhabit. The coursework invites and requires students to practice both critical analysis of media and basic media production skills. Depending on their interests, the electives may focus more on scholarly practices or art practices. In all cases students in the Graduate Program in Media Studies at Pratt will gain a deeper knowledge of media theories, politics, and practices.
The Master of Arts in Media Studies graduate program consists of 30 credits, taken over three semesters, and a thesis, which is finished in the fourth.
The core sequence for the MA consists of Mediologies I and II (6 credits total) and Encounters I and II (2 credits total), elective seminars and project courses of which Experimental Media Lab and Methodologies Lab are strongly recommended (18 credits total), an internship course (optional), and a final thesis with a required Final Project/Thesis Workshop (4 credits total).
Mediologies courses (HMS-650A/HMS-650B) provide students with crucial critical and theoretical tools; students take this two-course introductory sequence during their first year. These courses are designed for students with substantial experience in media studies as well as students with less exposure.
Practices courses comprise a range of electives, including those taught in other programs, such as digital arts. These courses enable students to acquire basic competence in media aesthetics and production.
Encounters courses (HMS-549A/HMS-549B) enable students to engage directly with others working in media fields, and with timely issues and ideas, in an open-discussion “salon” environment.
The Final Project/Thesis Workshop (HMS-659A) offers an intensive, small support group in which students can develop and write their thesis, which they complete in the fourth semester by taking HMS-659B (Thesis in Progress).
Students may also choose to undertake an internship for academic credit (HMS-9700, HMS-9701, HMS-9702, HMS-9703) and professional enrichment.
In addition to the core courses described above, the program offers a range of electives in areas of specialization and interdisciplinary constellations within media studies, enabling students to develop particular areas of concentration, first through coursework and then in their one-to-one work with thesis advisers. Faculty represent areas that include new media; documentary studies; global media; media and the urban environment; media and performance; music/sound studies; media/attention economies; media ecology; archaeology of (new) media; and media, activism, and social change.
Elective seminars run in the format of small discussion courses focused on individual or team presentations on the analysis of texts, films, objects, themes, and theories. Elective project courses are semester-long laboratory/workshops in which students and one or more faculty members—in any one of several departments—engage a topic, idea, interface, space, or modality focusing on the interface between the theorization and production of media objects. Foci will vary based upon specific expertise and interests of involved faculty and students.
Applications for admission to the Master of Arts in Media Studies are due January 5 for the following fall; the program accepts fall entrants only. Applicants should have a BA, BS, or BFA from an accredited institution. Candidates must submit:
a statement of purpose in which they describe their interest in the program;
10–20 pages of relevant writing sample(s), with emphasis on analytical writing about media;