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History of Art and Design, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
New York City, NY, United States
The mission of the History of Art and Design Department at Pratt Institute is to develop a broad knowledge of cultural artifacts with a global perspective that enlightens students’ understanding of the current historical environment and their place within it
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As students at Pratt Institute develop their skills in their chosen fields, the study of art and design history will enrich and deepen the resources they are able to apply to their work, whether as designers, artists, writers, and scholars who pursue art and design history at a higher level. 

Through the study of art and design within historical and social contexts, students examine style and content, materials and techniques, and issues of gender, social class, patronage, economics of the market, politics, and religion. Critical inquiry skills are strengthened through evaluation, analysis, and comparison.

The B.A. program within History of Art and Design at Pratt Institute affords a deeper grounding in the philosophy, literature, and criticism of the history of art and design. Students take specifically designed foundation courses, including the art history survey classes. 

They continue with an additional 42 credits in the History of Art and Design, 57 in Liberal Arts (English, Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences, and Foreign Language), 19 in Studio, and 14 as free electives (132 total credits). History of Art and Design majors are strongly advised to take courses in all areas and to have a seminar experience. 

Undergraduate majors may be admitted to 600–level (graduate) HA and HD courses with the permission of the professor and the chairperson. In general, majors will be advised to select studio electives in a variety of media, including photography.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

    Courses included:
  • Literary and Critical Studies
  • World Civilizations 
  • Art History
  • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences
  • English

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General Requirements


  • Complete the online application
  • 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.
  • A minimum TOEFL 79 (Internet) is required for four-year programs. 
  • The required IELTS score for four-year programs is 6.5 and 6 for the associate's degree programs. The required PTE is 53 for four-year programs and 48 for two-year.
  • International applicants must submit official transcripts (academic records) of all secondary school studies as well as any post-secondary studies.
  • Transcripts must be translated into English for both high school and transfer applicants.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    53570 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 53570 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    53570 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 53570 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
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