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 from 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 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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Six days until Research Open House! Join us at the @BklynNavyYard on Friday, March 8, from 12 to 4 PM to learn about research possibilities, innovative ideas, and the impact of Pratt’s community. Come meet the inventors, doers, and thinkers who work to make a difference in our local community and around the world.
Katherine Duclos, MFA Fine Art (Painting and Drawing) '11 sees LEGO bricks as the “start of something”, using them as tools to bring big ideas to life. Her relationship with color and unique use of bricks is a great inspiration to continue pushing the boundaries of creativity, play, and self-expression.
Repost from @lego via @PrattFineArt
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🏀 The annual Alumni Basketball Game took place last weekend! This year's game honored Richard Lebenson, BFA Fine Arts (Painting) '66, MFA '68. The award-winning Brooklyn artist and illustrator worked in a variety of capacities at Pratt from 1986 to 1998, from the admissions office to coaching both men's and women's teams.
#PrattInstitute #CollegeBasketball #AtlanticEastConference #NCAADivisionIII
Join us to celebrate the bold work and big creative ideas from our graduating students! Pratt Shows events, exhibitions, and presentations are all free and open to the public and happening now through May! Check out the link in our bio to see what's next.
Video: @PrattPhotography Gallery Shows
#PrattPhotography #PrattShows #Brooklyn #ArtSchool #Photography #PhotographyExhibition #ClintonHill
Pratt Alumnus Jared Diaz, BFA ‘17, returned to campus for “The Art of Social Justice,” a conversation with Jah Davis, Assistant Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (@PrattCEI).
Part of the Center of Equity and Inclusion’s “Artist Spotlight Series,” Diaz shared his journey and art practice with students and community members on our Brooklyn campus. An alumnus of Pratt Munson, it was thrilling to hear Diaz is planning for a mural at the Utica campus!
Diaz spoke on how he uses public art to uplift stories of Black excellence and historic moments in civil rights and racial justice. His non-profit, Open Air Projects, utilizes mural art to address social issues and inspires collaborative work.
This event was made possible by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Office of Student Involvement.
Image: Diaz (@ArtByDiaz) speaks with Jah Davis and Pratt students at “The Art of Social Justice” event.
The annual Black History Month Art Show is on view now in the @PrattStudentUnion and the Center for Equity and Inclusion!
Organized by @PrattCEI, the exhibition invites current Pratt undergraduate and graduate students who identify as part of the Black diaspora to submit work honoring, celebrating, and spotlighting themes related to Black history and Black culture.
From historic moments in civil rights to intimate moments of self-reflection the artworks capture the diversity and nuance of the Black experience.
Video: Overview of the artwork on display in the Student Union.
Artists include: Violet Cleary, Morvens Regis, Catherine Chattergoon, Keyarow Mosley, Ransom Scott, Fae Lugo and Manar Balh.
Footage from @PrattCEI
Abby Cheney, MFA Fine Arts '18, created a filigree monolith that served as the centerpiece for the Fall 2024 @ullajohnson show during New York City Fashion Week!
Check out how the creation came together on @abby__cheney's profile.
#UllaJohnson #NYCFW #FashionWeek #FineArt #MFA #Fashion #Sculpture
Looks from Laurel DeWitt, BFA Fashion ‘05, and Sarah Sokol, BFA Interior Design ‘11, contributed to @beyonce’s combination Verizon commercial and album announcement airing during last night’s Super Bowl!
DeWitt continues her reign as the queen of metal and chain with a chainmail dress and hat for the 16 Carriages visualizer and a metal bra top for the Texas Hold ‘Em cover art!
Sokol contributed two toppers for the Verizon ad, a pink wide brimmed “Bar Bey” hat and a chrome cowgirl hat. Both looks reference work Sokol has previously done for Beyoncé’s blockbuster summer tour.
@prattfashion @prattinteriors @sarahsokolmillinery @laureldewitt @prattalumni
#actII #PrattInstitute #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;