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Pratt Institute’s MFA program provides advanced education for artists supported by distinguished faculty, exceptional facilities, and a supportive community of peers. Driven by exploration and enriched by the abundance and inspiration of New York City, Pratt’s critically engaged faculty respond to each student’s individual practice, fostering their development within the diverse cultures and myriad practices of contemporary art-making.

Jackie Slanley, MFA Fine Arts Sculpture '20
Graduate, MFA
Fine Arts
School of Art
Courses Plan of Study

Our MFA degree is in fine arts rather than any specific medium or discipline. Though many students are committed to an area of interest—whether painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, or integrated practices—they are free to explore other forms and approaches as their work evolves. Faculty and students build close relationships through structured studio visits, seminars, and informal conversations. These relationships create vital communities and support networks that endure long after graduation.

The Sculpture Curriculum encourages experimentation and cross-disciplinary exploration of 3D and 4D thinking and making. Diverse approaches draw on traditional and cutting edge concepts and encompass a full spectrum of techniques.

Austin Sapien, MFA Fine Arts Sculpture '20
Marie Anine Moeller, MFA Fine Arts Sculpture '20

  1. Students will meet contemporary standards of professional practice in their fields and have a broad understanding of how the art world functions and effective strategies for sustaining their creative practice in a complex and rapidly changing world.
  2. Students’ work will manifest a high level of proficiency in the use of materials and knowledge of contemporary modes of production.
  3. Students will demonstrate a broad critical understanding of issues in contemporary art, and situate their creative practice in its historical and contemporary contexts.
  4. Students will conceive and execute a capstone MFA Thesis exhibition that is rigorous in its conception and execution and demonstrates the clear development of the artist’s expressive capacities at a level comparable to successful professionals in the field.
Nicholas DePass, MFA Fine Arts Sculpture '20
Seyhr Qayum, MFA Fine Arts Scultpure '22