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Communications Design, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
New York City, NY, United States
Communication Design at Pratt Institute is a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary field of study and practice. The mission of the Undergraduate Communications Design Department at Pratt Institute is to prepare students to be versatile and astute communicators; critical and conceptual thinkers; and inspired and responsible cultural producers.
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Pratt Institute Communications Design values the development of a rich design process and the open exchange embodied in a studio culture that values individual perspectives, critique, visual literacy, media fluency, experiential learning and innovative formal outcomes. 

Learning outcomes

Our Communication Design curriculum at Pratt Institute equips independent thinkers with the conceptual and practical competencies they need to engage audiences, explore technologies, develop visual languages, challenge preconceptions, redefine problems and identify opportunities as communication designers and successful creative professionals.

Upon completion of the program:

  • Students will be able to give form to content, using a wide range of media platforms, employing conceptual thinking, design, communication, and presentation skills to craft effective messaging and complex ideas and systems appropriate for a given audience. They will possess the knowledge and skill to make contributions to the profession, the community and the world.
  • Students will be able to apply established and emerging communication design technology effectively and within the contexts of conceptual practice, design thinking and innovation, including a range of practice-based 2-, 3- and 4-D competencies in both print and digital media.
  • Students will be able to analyze and articulate the design problem, take risks, challenge preconceptions, experiment and test ideas, materials and media appropriate to concept development and effective messaging. When so inclined, they will be able to translate their ideas and innovations into entrepreneurial endeavors or social causes.
  • Students will be able to work collaboratively with professionalism, confidence and skill, selecting from a range of internships and other experiential educational opportunities and combining business acumen with design, craft, technical and media skills in the final execution of concepts appropriate to projects.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate a systematic and critical understanding of contextual, contemporary and historical design and societal issues; define their position as creative practitioners in relation to those issues; and incorporate them into coherent and critically engaged research methods that support independent and collaborative communications design practices.

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
  • Typography and Information Design
  • Dynamic Imagery
  • Digital Prototyping
  • Branding and Messaging
  • Literary and Critical Studies

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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
    Living Costs

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