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Graduate Departmental Requirements: Art and Design Education (Fall only), Brooklyn campus


School of Art

Art and Design Education MA


(FALL ENTRANCE ONLY), Brooklyn Campus

A 33-credit program open to individuals with a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent, with a minimum of 25 credit hours in art, design, and/or the history of art from an accredited higher education institution, or the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree from an international institution of acceptable standards. 

Art and Design Education Advanced Certificate


A 24-credit program open to individuals with an MFA degree or those currently enrolled in the MFA program at Pratt.

All applicants to either art and design education program must submit a portfolio of 15 images of work, including one drawing from observation (submit online at All work on slideroom should be labeled: Title/Untitled, size, materials, date, “an assignment” or “work produced independently”. The graduate admissions committee uses standard rubrics to assess the portfolio and written statement of purpose. The statement of purpose (500 words minimum in total) should be uploaded to the application, and should include the following:

  1. Artists Statement of 250 words
  2. Statement of Intent that responds to the following questions:
  • Why are you interested in the field of art and design education K-12? (100 words minimum)
  • If you have experience working with children or adults, please describe it. (100 words minimum)
  • Describe what you imagine doing and where you imagine working in 5 year’s time. (50 words minimum)

If applicable, please address the following additional prompts:

  • If your undergraduate credits are predominantly non-studio credits (i.e. art history/theory), please describe your relationship to studio-based making. (50 words minimum)
  • If you consider yourself a career changer, please describe your professional experience. (50 words minimum)

Applicants are contacted for a Zoom interview when all credentials have been received and reviewed. A TOEFL of 100 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for China of 600, IELTS of 7.5, Cambridge English score of 191, or PTE of 68 is required for international students. All applicants are encouraged to schedule a virtual visit to the department by emailing Department Chair, Aileen Wilson at

Note: New York State has eliminated the GRE requirement for admission to graduate education programs entirely, which takes effect immediately. This information has been updated as of November 19, 2021 and applies to the Fall 2022 application season and beyond.

The Art and Design education programs are New York State Education Department (NYSED) “approved teacher preparation programs” and meet the new requirements for New York State Initial Teacher Certification in Visual Arts PreK-12. However, in order to be recommended for New York State Initial Certification in Visual Arts PreK-12, candidates must also have completed the following workshops: Child Abuse Identification Workshop; School Violence Prevention and Intervention Workshop; and DASA: Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention. These workshops must be taken with a provider approved by NYSED. Passing scores on the following tests and assessments, Educating all Students (EAS); Content Specialty Test (CST) and Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA), are also required.

Expedited Application for the Art and Design Education MA and Advanced Certificate

Pratt students and recent Pratt graduates are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.