The demand for dynamic thought-provoking and influential design is greater now than ever. Each day hundreds of millions of dollars worth of graphic design, illustration and advertising are purchased. The distinction between mundane design and that which truly communicates is central to the mission of PrattMWP. We'll do more than merely sharpen your technical skills, we'll teach you how to put ideas into other people's minds. We produce illustrators, advertisers and graphic designers who are widely recognized, actively sought and well paid for their command of these vital creative talents.

COMD 201 & COMD 202
Visual Communication I & II
2 credits each semester
In the Visual Communication courses you will explore the creative process of making images that can move ideas and information to the minds of others. The general principles studied and practiced in these courses are the foundation of creative thinking and successful solutions for graphic design, illustration, and advertising art direction communication problems.

COMD 211 & COMD 212
Design Procedures I & II
2 credits each semester
Design Procedures is a set of two courses on the basic technical preparation of artwork for publication. Computer production techniques as well as hand-crafting presentation skills are taught in the context of simulated professional job processes. Course goals are to develop the basic skills that are necessary to technically produce publications in the graphic design and advertising professions, to provide instruction of publishing methods needed to produce assignment solutions for other Communications Design Department studio courses, and to develop an understanding of how technical processes relate to the creative design process.

COMD 215 & COMD 216
Typographic Design I & II
2 credits each semester
This course includes the history, design, and execution of lettering for reproduction. The computer is employed to introduce the student to the basic principles of typographic design and typesetting.

COMD 221 & COMD 222
Illustration I & II
2 credits each semester
These are basic courses in the art of making pictures for the purpose of communicating information and ideas. Illustration images are inherently figurative, so drawing and painting from life and mind are a major component of study. Class sessions alternate between working drawing/painting studio workshops and critiques of assignments.

COMD-231 & COMD-232
Communications Imaging I & II
2 credits each semester
These courses provide a thorough foundation of image capture and production techniques within the context of the communications design professions. While artistic expression remains important criterion in the evaluation of assignments, effectiveness of communication will ultimately determine the success of images in advertising, graphic design, and illustration. The first course is an overview of the principles and techniques that are specific to communications arts. This includes a basic comparison of digital and traditional optical imagery. The second course expands the subject to advanced lighting, location, production, and reproduction techniques as used within print and electronic publications, and how images will finally be used to serve the purpose of the publication.

COMD-235 & COMD-236
Illustration Methods and Media I & II
2 credits each semester
This two-course sequence develops proficiency in the rendering of representational imagery through the handling of various drawing and painting media.


PrattMWP boasts one of the greatest academic art programs and learning environments in the northeast.

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Freshman Foundation

Drawing, 3-D Design, 4-D Design, Light/Color/Design, Liberal Arts

Students spend the first
two years of their Pratt art degree working closely with full-time faculty in a serious, focused art environment.

Fine Arts

Drawing, Jewelry, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture and Integrated Practices

PrattMWP students
show their work in our professional galleries to established, captive audiences.

Liberal Arts

Communications Design

Branding and Art Direction​, Graphic Design, Illustration

Prepare for a Bright Design Career at the Highly Ranked
Pratt Visual Communications Design Program.


If your goal is to earn a photography degree from a top New York photography school, PrattMWP is an outstanding option.

Art & Design Education

Art Teacher Certification Program

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Student Life

The Student Life Office provides a safe and inclusive environment
to promote the holistic development of PrattMWP students,
not only as artists but as actively engaged and responsible community members.

Community Art

Beyond college education and studio time, PrattMWP students have even more opportunities to delve into their artistic passions through the Munson-Williams-Proctor
School of Art.

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