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Undergraduate Application Requirements: Associate

Pratt offers two-year associate degrees in art and design as well as construction management at its Manhattan campus on West 14th Street in the exciting Chelsea area of New York City.

Checklist

  1. Application form with fee (online)
  2. Official transcripts from each high school attended or official GED scores
  3. Test Scores (*optional)
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Pratt Essay
  6. Common App Essay
  7. English Proficiency Scores
  8. Visual or Writing Portfolio (Not required for Construction Management)   

Detailed descriptions of each material can be found below. 

Pratt asks that materials are uploaded to the online application whenever possible. Anything that must be mailed can be sent to:

Pratt Institute
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11205

All supporting documents, including portfolio if required, should be submitted by the application deadline. 

  1. APPLICATION FORM WITH FEE

First-year high school applicants apply online ($50 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents; $90 for international applicants). First-year high school applicants apply through the Common App. Fee waivers are available through the Common App for students who qualify. 

  1. OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS

A high school diploma or the equivalent is required for enrollment to Pratt Institute’s undergraduate program. In order to complete your application transcripts from all high schools attended are required. Applicants who have received high school equivalency diplomas are required to have official High School Equivalency Examination (GED) scores sent to the Admissions Office in addition to official transcripts from all high schools attended. Pratt receives documents through Naviance, Parchment, BridgeU, EScript, Scrib, National Student Clearing House, or CIALFO.

International applicants must submit official transcripts (academic records) of all secondary school studies as well as any postsecondary studies. Applicants also must submit official results of all external examinations, for example General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), Hong Kong School Certificate of Education, Israeli matriculation or Bagrut, Secondary School Certificates, and Baccalaureate Part I and Part II. All transcripts must be translated into English. 

Credential Evaluations for International Students

While we do not require credential evaluations for first-time high school applicants, Pratt strongly recommends it. College transfer students who have studied outside the US are required to submit a credential evaluation of their transcripts. These credential evaluations must be completed by a NACES member. Options for evaluation services include Span Tran for Pratt, WESECE, IEE, Global Credential Evaluators, or another acceptable service, e.g.: your embassy. Credential evaluations do not typically include translations, so documents must first be officially translated into English by a certified translation service. Pratt asks for a course-by-course evaluation.

  1. TEST SCORES:  PRATT IS TEST-OPTIONAL 

Pratt is test-optional for high school applicants (US citizens and permanent residents only); we do not require the SAT or ACT tests. Applicants who do not submit test scores will not be at a disadvantage in the admissions process. 

International students and those for whom English is a second language may choose to submit either the SAT or ACT in lieu of an English proficiency exam (see #7 below).

To ensure that we receive scores by our posted deadlines, students should take the tests as early as possible but no later than one month before the application deadline. Please be sure to have your scores sent directly to Pratt. 

  • SAT code is 2669
  • CLEP code is 2669
  • AP code is 2669
  • ACT code is 2862
  • TOEFL code is 2669
  1. TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Two letters of recommendation are required; one from a teacher, and the other from either a teacher, counselor, or employer with the ability to assess your preparedness for undergraduate study. Letters should be submitted through the Common App for high school applicants and through the Pratt application for transfer applicants. 

See details at our Apply page

  1. PRATT ESSAY 

Write about a piece of work (visual art, musical performance, piece of writing, architecture, or design) that has influenced you and describe the impact it has had on your perspective OR write about a piece of your own work and the impact that creating it has had on you. The essay should be 250-500 words or two pages maximum. Make sure your essay is complete before uploading because you will not be able to make changes after you submit your application. 

  1. COMMON APP ESSAY

First-time, high school applicants should write a 250-650 word response to one of the essay prompts in the Common App and submit it to the Common App. Make sure your essay is complete before uploading because you will not be able to make changes after you submit your application. Essays submitted in other forms will not be accepted.

  1. TESTS OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY 

All students for whom English is a second language must submit one of the following accepted exams: 

  • TOEFL and TOEFL Home Edition (effective as of October 3, 2022 the minimum score is 79 for 4-year programs or 71 for 2-year programs)
  • TOEFL ITP Plus (minimum 600 for 4-year programs or 527 for 2-year programs)
  • PTE (minimum 62 for 4-year programs or 48 for 2-year programs)
  • IELTS or IELTS Indicator (minimum 6.5 for 4-year programs or 6.0 for 2-year programs)
  • SAT or ACT (no minimum) 

Please have official scores sent by the testing company. Pratt accepts the TOEFL My Best Score and super scores SAT and ACT tests. Scores must be received by our deadlines.Any test scores must have been taken within one year of submitting an application in order to be considered valid.

English Proficiency Waivers: International applicants who have studied at a high school in the U.S. for at least three years with academic success may waive the test requirement. Those who have studied in another country where English is an official national language and the mode of instruction may also waive the test requirement with official transcripts that demonstrate at least three full years of academic success. 

Pratt does NOT waive the test requirement for students who have attended an English-speaking school in a non-English speaking country unless the school is US accredited (e.g. American schools) or an English-speaking IB World school. 

If you intend to waive your score requirement, select this option on the Common App, and waivers will be issued after your application has been submitted and reviewed for eligibility. Waivers are issued at the discretion of the admissions office.

English Placement Exam: Although we may waive the test score to apply, this does not necessarily waive the Pratt English placement exam requirement, which may still be administered if you enroll. Depending on the results of your exam, you may be required to take additional courses in the Intensive English Program. Questions may be directed to admissions@pratt.edu.    

  1. PORTFOLIO

Portfolio requirements vary by program: 

  • All high school art and design Associate degree applicants must submit a visual portfolio consisting of 12–20 works. Pratt accepts 2-D, 3-D, and time-based media. Portfolios must be submitted by the application deadline. Included in the 12 – 20 works, Pratt requires a minimum of two observational drawings or paintings.  Observational work offers insights as to how you interpret and translate the 3-dimensional world onto a 2-dimensional surface.  Because Pratt’s Foundation year utilizes life drawing as one of the ways to explore and create within the picture plane, it is important to see some evidence of this work in a portfolio. If you are a lens-based artist or fashion designer, the observational work you submit acknowledges that you are open to exploring the picture plane through 2D and 3D studio work.  
  • Applicants to the AOS in Game Design and Interactive Media should see specific portfolio requirements below. 

The visual portfolio should consist of a variety of media and approaches. It can include assignment-based projects, self-directed work, or pieces of a collaborative nature. The portfolio does not need to be specific to the discipline to which you are applying. Applicants should avoid including work that copies photographs, uses the grid system, or directly replicates any other artist’s work (including replicating anime drawings, cartoons, or video game character designs). Please indicate in the description section for each image on SlideRoom if the work is your own or was done by a group. 

PORTFOLIO FOR AOS IN GAME DESIGN AND INTERACTIVE MEDIA APPLICANTS

There are two parts to the AOS in Game Design and Interactive Media portfolio at Pratt:

  • Creative Component: Select Option A or Option B
  • Writing Sample: Complete the required writing sample 

Find details below: 

Creative Component

Option A

A visual portfolio consisting of 12–20 examples of 2-D, 3-D, and time-based media. The work should consist of a variety of media and approaches; applicants may include a three-minute-maximum video for which the applicant has primary creative control in addition to work in other media. Work may include assignment-based projects, self-directed work, or pieces of a collaborative nature. Pratt requires a minimum of two observational drawings or paintings. Observational work offers insights as to how you interpret and translate the 3-dimensional world onto a 2-dimensional surface.  Because Pratt’s Foundation year utilizes life drawing as one of the ways to explore and create within the picture plane, it is important to see some evidence of this work in a portfolio. If you are a lens-based artist or fashion designer, the observational work you submit acknowledges that you are open to exploring the picture plane through 2D and 3D studio work. Applicants should avoid including work that copies photographs, uses the grid system, or directly replicates any other artist’s work (including replicating anime drawings, cartoons, or video game character designs).

Option B

Game Proposal: Applicants may submit an original game proposal including at least 3 of the following 5 elements. The proposal can be for any sort of game.

  1. Characters
  2. Narrative
  3. Strategy
  4. Rules
  5. World/Visual Descriptions

Writing Sample 

Describe in detail the impact that a game has made on you. Applicants may write about any aspect of the game that impacted them the most. What effect did it have on you? How has it influenced you? What techniques do you feel the game developers use to achieve this impact?

Please upload the writing sample to either the media section of SlideRoom in a PDF format or to the attachments section as a Word document.

If you would like feedback on your portfolio (not required for construction management), you may have it reviewed at the Brooklyn campus by scheduling an appointment online. For a tour of the Manhattan campus (where the programs are located), please call 212.647.7375 or email aos@pratt.edu.  Construction management students interested in tour and meeting with the program chair may email cm@pratt.edu

CURRENT ASSOCIATE DEGREE STUDENTS APPLYING TO THE B.F.A. PROGRAMS: ENTRANCE TO THE B.F.A. IS FOR FALL ONLY.

Students in their second year of the associate’s degree who expect to complete by the end of the spring semester must submit a transfer application to Pratt’s admissions office to be considered for the B.F.A. A cumulative Pratt GPA of 2.7 by the end of the fall semester of the sophomore year is required. Your acceptance is contingent on your maintaining your grades in your final semester and completing all required studio courses. Make sure you submit work from all courses taken so that your portfolio reflects your skills.

Submitting Your Application Documents

  1. Submit your online application here as a transfer student.
  2. Upload your portfolio at pratt.slideroom.com.

Changing Your Major

Students in the art and design associate’s degree who decide to change their major upon entering the BFA will need to take an additional year’s worth of coursework to make up the coursework they missed in the sophomore year. Students in the program who wish to change their major in the second year of the program or after would have to take additional coursework to make up the classes missed in the sophomore year of the new major.