November 14, 2015

MFA in Fine Arts:accepting applications for fall 2016

Pratt Institute
Ayesha Khan (MFA ’15), This May Fall 1, 2014. Mixed media, dimensions variable. Photo: Tal Barel.

Pratt Institute’s MFA in Fine Arts program is accepting applications now for the fall 2016 semester. Pratt’s MFA program is ranked among the top ten percent out of almost 300 graduate programs in fine arts by US News and World Reports, and it is housed on Pratt’s beautifully landscaped 25-acre campus in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

With its central location in Brooklyn’s thriving creative community, Pratt’s MFA program in Fine Arts immerses students in the cultures of contemporary art, supported by a faculty of working artists and peers. The graduate curriculum is both rigorous and flexible, fostering a deeper understanding of the histories, issues and cultural contexts that inform artmaking today. Pratt’s faculty members are distinguished by their achievements, exhibiting in New York and internationally and receiving awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Tiffany Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Skowhegan, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Creative Capital, and Art Matters.

MFA in Fine Arts areas of emphasis are offered in painting/drawing, integrated practices and new forms, photography, sculpture, and printmaking. Although students apply to a specific area of interest, the program encourages cross-disciplinary study. Almost half of the degree program credits are unrestricted, and students tailor their program of study to their individual interests in consultation with their faculty advisors. Students gain proficiency in every aspect of studio practice through a combination of rigorous critical discussion, a broad selection of courses and approaches, opportunities for internships and work experience in New York, and a public exhibition of thesis projects. Pratt MFA students in Fine Arts are well prepared to become significant critical and creative leaders in their fields.

All full-time MFA students are given individual studios and have access to shops and labs, including a fully-equipped wood shop, metal shop, print shop, ceramics studios, darkrooms, digital labs with high-resolution scanners and printers, as well as dedicated campus galleries. There are many opportunities to show work in a variety of traditional and non-traditional spaces on campus. Each semester, students open their studios to the public, and each spring, second-year students mount individual thesis shows that are also open to the public. In addition to a regular schedule of studio visits by faculty, the department’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series brings internationally renowned artists and critics to give public lectures and have individual studio visits with second-year graduate students. The graduate student-run organization Pratt Artists League also invites visiting artists and critics for studio visits and plans other student-generated activities and exhibitions. A five-week interdisciplinary summer course in Rome, “City as Studio,” offers graduate students the opportunity to research and create site-specific work in an international context.

Applying: View admissions requirements
Scholarships: Graduate scholarships are available to incoming domestic and international students based on merit
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Pratt Institute is ranked among the top schools by BusinessWeek and number 5 in the world out of 50 art and design colleges by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015. Top-ranked programs, a distinguished faculty of professional artists and designers, and an ideally located campus in Brooklyn make Pratt and excellent choice for graduate study.



Pratt Institute’s MFA in Fine Arts: accepting applications for fall 2016

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