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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.
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Type
Graduate, MA
Start Term
Fall Only
Credits
30
Duration
2 Years
Courses
Plan of Study
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Media Studies at Pratt

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.

Student Work

Take a look at recent examples of work by our students in our media studies courses. 

The Experience

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Pratt Campus and Classroom photos.

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.

Professional Outcomes

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

Our Faculty

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.

Our core MA in Media Studies faculty include:

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Jonathan Beller

Professor

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Minh-Ha Pham

Associate Professor

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Ethan Spigland

Professor

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Faith Holland

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Take graduate electives with our Performance/Performance Studies faculty:

Jennifer Miller

Professor

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Karin Shankar

Assistant Professor

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Julia Steinmetz

Adjunct Assistant Professor With CCE

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David Thomson

Adjunct Professor

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Our Alumni

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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.

Success Stories

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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.

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  • 75 days until Radio City Music Hall!!!
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  • 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

#MFA #FineArt #Lego #PrattInstitute #Pratt
  • 🏀 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.

Photos: @josportrd

#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
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. #PrattInstitute
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75 days until Radio City Music Hall!!! #PrattGrad24
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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 #MFA #FineArt #Lego #PrattInstitute #Pratt
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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.

Photos: @josportrd

#PrattInstitute #CollegeBasketball #AtlanticEastConference #NCAADivisionIII
🏀 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.

Photos: @josportrd

#PrattInstitute #CollegeBasketball #AtlanticEastConference #NCAADivisionIII
🏀 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.

Photos: @josportrd

#PrattInstitute #CollegeBasketball #AtlanticEastConference #NCAADivisionIII
🏀 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.

Photos: @josportrd

#PrattInstitute #CollegeBasketball #AtlanticEastConference #NCAADivisionIII
🏀 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.

Photos: @josportrd

#PrattInstitute #CollegeBasketball #AtlanticEastConference #NCAADivisionIII
🏀 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. Photos: @josportrd #PrattInstitute #CollegeBasketball #AtlanticEastConference #NCAADivisionIII
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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
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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.
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.
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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
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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
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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
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
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