November 4, 2020

MPS in Arts and Cultural Management and MPS in Design Management

Pratt Institute

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Arts and Cultural Management
The MPS in Arts and Cultural Management is designed to develop 21st century leaders. It is a two-year 42-credit executive-style Master's that encourages participants to consider their role in society and their respective communities as cultural arbiters and educators. The program develops leaders able to use their creativity strategically to foster creative expression, build creative community and shape a commerce of ideas and images in an increasingly challenged and mediated world. It prepares participants to lead and manage in a changing cultural landscape that includes new challenges, new media, and new forms of cultural expression. The MPS provides a team-based and collaborative learning community that sharpens critical thinking, deepens reflective practice, and develops strategic leadership skills.

–Join a creative learning community of professionals with diverse expertise
–Develop a strategic skill set that bridges public, profit, and nonprofit sectors
–Explore the role of art, culture, and meaning-making in shaping equity, economy, and ecology of place
–Create and expand professional networks worldwide
–Examine trends and global challenges
–Use technology to advance dialogue and engagement
–Refine communication, collaboration, and conflict-management skills
–Lead the development of thriving cultures

The program’s schedule and experience-based learning approach is modeled on successful executive MBA programs, with a schedule of alternating weekends (Saturday and Sunday) that allows participants to continue their full job responsibilities while they study. Classes are held for twelve hours every other weekend, coupled with a full week of instruction at the beginning, and a summer intensive that includes three weekdays.

Design Management
The Design Management MPS is a two-year accredited executive-style Master of Professional Studies ranked among the top programs of its kind by BusinessWeek. It bridges the disciplines of design and business management, enabling graduates to assume leadership roles in a variety of creative disciplines. It is tailored to provide an executive education more focused than an MBA on the special needs of design leaders managing design firms or managing design teams in creative industries. Participants come from a variety of disciplines, including industrial design, interior design, graphic design, fashion design, communication and information design, interactive media design, and architecture.

​–Join a learning community of professionals with diverse professional and cultural backgrounds
​–Develop a strong skill set in the discipline of business strategy and design management
–Explore emerging trends and draw from new converging across design disciplines​
–Learn to identify and manage critical business challenges strategically
​–Refine communication, negotiation, and conflict management skills​
–Learn technique for leading and managing innovation

The courses provide participants with an integrated focus on the role of design in the creation and management of strategic and sustainable advantage. Classes meet every other weekend for two full days or twelve hours. In addition, students attend for a full week at the beginning and middle of the program. An integrative experience at the end of the two-year period provides the opportunity for several brief, intensive courses, including behavioral simulation and negotiating modules. By the time Design Management students graduate, they are able to strategically manage a design department or a professional design firm worldwide, use design to create sustainable advantage for their businesses, and shape the way business is designed.

Both programs are housed at Pratt’s Manhattan campus in the exciting Chelsea area of New York City.

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Scholarships: Graduate merit-based scholarships are available to incoming domestic and international students based on merit. All students No scholarship application is necessary.

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Pratt Institute is ranked among the top design schools by BusinessWeek and fifth in the world out of 50 art and design colleges by QS World University Ranking by Subject. Most of Pratt’s individual programs are ranked among the top five and ten in the country. Top ranked programs, a distinguished faculty of practicing professionals, and ideally located campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan make Pratt an ideal choice for graduate study.

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