Pratt’s graduate program in interior design was recently ranked first in the country for the third year in a row, based on surveys completed by industry professionals and made available through monthly architecture and design journal, DesignIntelligence (DI). Additionally, Pratt’s undergraduate interior design programs was ranked second, undergraduate industrial design program ranked fourth, graduate industrial design program ranked seventh, and undergraduate architecture program ranked ninth in the nation.

The undergraduate interior design program was ranked second for a fourth consecutive year. According to the publication’s interior design skills assessment, survey participants found that Pratt students ranked first according to their design skills and computer application skills and third according to their communication skills.

Pratt’s undergraduate industrial design program ranked fourth in the country and the graduate industrial design program ranked seventh in the country. According to the publication’s industrial design skills assessment, survey participants found that Pratt students ranked second according to their communication skills, third according to their computer application skills and sustainable design practices and principles skills, and fourth according to their design skills.

The undergraduate architecture program moved up to the top ten and was ranked ninth in the country after being ranked 15th in the nation in 2010. DI also included results from its largest architecture student survey to date and found that 95 percent of undergraduate and graduate students from Pratt believe that they will be well prepared for their profession upon graduation. The same percentage of students graded the quality of their program as excellent or above average.

The rankings are part of DI‘s 2011 “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools” issue, which it has published annually since 2000.  The journal ranked design programs from throughout the United States based on surveys completed by professionals in architecture and design firms. These are the only school rankings based exclusively on companies’ perceptions of how well schools prepare their graduates for professional practice.

DesignIntelligence is issued by the Design Futures Council (DFC), a global network of design community professionals, including leaders of architecture and design firms, manufacturers, and service providers.  Founded in 1995, the DFC aims to advance the design community by exploring trends, changes, and new opportunities in design and architecture. For more information about DesignIntelligence and the DFC, visit

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