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Painting, B.F.A

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
New York City, NY, United States
Painting is the largest area of emphasis within the Department of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute. In the Painting curriculum students will develop a sense of purpose while learning to express ideas effectively in a visual language and developing a mature studio practice.
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The undergraduate Painting curriculum at Pratt Institute intentionally embraces diverse styles and working methods that range from direct observation from life and working from photographs to making work entirely driven by abstract ideas. 

Such diverse approaches are reflected in the work of Pratt’s award-winning professors, all of who are active in the New York art world. Through training in the skilled use of materials and focused discussions in the histories and critical traditions of painting, students will graduate well prepared to advance their careers as young artists.

Learning outcomes

In the senior year, students are assigned an individual studio in which to develop their most advanced work. This final thesis year emphasizes individual meetings with professors in their studios as well as public critiques with prominent visiting artists. The year culminates in a Thesis Exhibition where students exhibit their work publicly in galleries on the Pratt campus.

Beyond working in their studios, Pratt Institute students can take advantage of the world-class museums and galleries of Manhattan, a short subway ride away. Pratt’s adjacent Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg, DUMBO, and Bushwick have undergone a cultural renaissance and provide a vibrant and stimulating community for today’s most ambitious young artists. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

    Courses included:
  • Visualization/Representation
  • Space, Form, Process
  • Light Color Design Lab
  • Themes in Art and Culture
  • Literary and Critical Studies
  • Visualization/Representation/Concept
  • Light Color Design Studio
  •  Time and Movement
  • Painting

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • To apply as an international student, complete the online application after reading the application requirements for your level: Links to each level (high school applicant, transfer) are on the Navigation Menu. 
  • High School Applicant Requirements: All international high school applicants must submit results from either the TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English (PTE), or SAT/ACT. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    51754 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 51754 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    51754 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 51754 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
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