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Graduate Departmental Requirements: Interior Design M.F.A. (Fall only), Brooklyn campus


Applicants with an undergraduate degree in interior design, architecture, or other closely related design fields may be eligible to complete the M.F.A. in two years, a total of 60 credits. A portfolio of academic and/or professional work is required, and the content should align with the applicant’s transcript.

Applicants with undergraduate backgrounds that are unrelated to interior design or architecture, but whose applications indicate a strong aptitude for interior design graduate coursework are required to take a 24 credit Core Year of preparatory study, prior to continuing the M.F.A degree. These students complete 84 credits in three years. Although skills related to the major are not required, we require that all applicants submit a portfolio and/or materials that best represent their skills and knowledge related to their own background, experience and interests. This might seem more familiar to applicants with backgrounds in Design and Fine Arts. Applicants with backgrounds in other fields should consider submitting writing samples, research or analysis that illustrates the applicant’s process, rigor and methodologies. Applicants are also encouraged to include materials such as painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film, etc., even if it is not related to their background.

The required statement must include how the applicant’s background can inform, and has prepared them for the field of study in interior design, specifically at Pratt Institute (it should not exceed 500 words).

Portfolio and/or materials must be submitted through Please note SlideRoom accepts the following file types: Images (up to 5MB each), Video (up to 250MB each), Audio (up to 30MB each), PDFs (up to 10MB each) and 3D Models. Clarity on the applicant’s role and scope of work is important if group projects are included. The department recommends that portfolios include research and process, along with physical models and hand drawings.

A TOEFL of 88 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for China of 570, IELTS of 7.0, Cambridge English score of 185, or PTE of 59 is required for international students. 

The department may contact applicants during the application review process for clarification purposes in regard to the applicant’s program placement. The department does not schedule interviews, but applicants are encouraged to arrange a visit by calling 718.636.3630. 

Expedited Application for the Interior Design MFA

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.