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Pratt Institute

Is a private art college in New York City located in Brooklyn, New York, with satellite campuses in Manhattan and Utica. Pratt is one of the leading undergraduate art schools in the United States[2] and offers programs in Architecture, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Digital Arts, Creative Writing, Library and Information Science, and other areas. Pratt is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), a consortium of 36 private art schools in the United States.


Charles Pratt (1830–1891) was an early pioneer of the natural oil industry in the United States. He was founder of Astral Oil Works in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, New York. He joined with his protégé Henry H. Rogers to form Charles Pratt and Company in 1867. Both companies became part of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil in 1874.

The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY

Pratt is credited with recognizing the growing need for trained industrial workers in a changing economy. In 1886, he founded and endowed the Pratt Institute, which opened in Brooklyn in 1887.

Pratt ended its engineering program in 1993 citing "a continuous decrease in its enrollment and the growth of competition for a shrinking pool of prospective students."


Higgins Hall center section rebuilt by Steven Holl DeKalb Avenue gate Pratt Institute is an enclosed beautifully landscaped 25-acre (100,000 m2) campus in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn with historic buildings, library, and an athletic center. A residential campus, it offers several different kinds of residential options. It has two public entrances,which close in the evening hours. The main gate on Willoughby Avenue (for pedestrians and cars) is guarded by a security post 24 hours a day. The Hall Street entrance is convenient for commuters. Buildings on campus include the Library, Dekalb Hall, ISC Building, Main Building, North Hall, East Building, Student Union, Memorial Hall, Machinery Building, Chemistry Building, Engineering Building, Pratt Studios, Steuben Hall, and the ARC building. Off-campus buildings include the newly renovated Higgins Hall which contains the School of Architecture and a new "green" building on Myrtle Avenue for digital arts programs and student services including admissions scheduled to open in fall 2010. The contemporary sculpture park on campus is open to visitors during the day.

In addition, Pratt has another campus in Manhattan on 14th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue. This new building houses the Graduate School for Information and Library Science, the Graduate Programs in Communications and Package Design, Design Management, Arts and cultural Management and the two-year Associates Degree Programs in Digital Design, Graphic Design and Illustration.

The modern building has many resources like a library, computer lab and meeting spaces. In 1977, the original school was opened in a nineteenth-century women's dress-design school, a New York City Landmark building at Lexington Avenue and 31st Street. At this time, Manhattan had long been the epicenter of publishing design during the latter-twentieth century, and this new commercial-art-dedicated satellite was modeled to apply intensely concentrated vocational training in graphic design, illustration, package design, and textile design. Its faculty was largely composed of Manhattan's working professionals, who themselves had achieved the level of skill necessary to meet the city's global-defining standards.

Magazines, books, music albums, movie posters, print and television advertisements and packaging for all forms of retail products were the intended goals for its graduates, as well as Manhattan's omnipresent fashion industry. In addition, the below-ground space in the school was converted into a state of the art printmaking facility, teaching artist-created lithography, silkscreening and engraving.

Pratt also has a campus in Utica, New York, referred to as PrattMWP, at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. Students there complete their first two years of study at Munson-Williams-Proctor and finish their BFA degree at the Brooklyn campus.

Residence Halls

All residence hall students are provided with a bed (twin extra-long), a drafting table, a chair and a dresser. Students residing in a dorm on campus are required to be on a mandatory meal plan (Stabile, Cannoneer, ELJ, and Pantas), while those off campus are able to sign up for an optional meal plan (Willoughby and Grand Avenue).