New masters programs for Pratt Institute
August 15, 2013
This fall, Pratt Institute will be welcoming two new masters degrees to their School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A Masters of Art in Media Studies, led by Jonathan Beller, will be hosting its first round of students, while a Masters of Fine Art in Writing, led by poet Christian Hawkey, will begin accepting applications for Fall 2014.
Although Pratt is widely known as a school of art and design, the Institute has slowly been building its School of Liberal Arts and Sciences over the past ten years with the inception of the Writing Program in 2001 and a B.A. in Critical and Visual Studies. Within the past few years, the school has also started offering an array of minors in the liberal arts, including Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Performance and Performance Studies, and Philosophy.
“This is extremely exciting for us,” SLAS Dean Andrew Barnes said of the Media Studies program. “The Institute is uniquely positioned to offer such a program, since media studies students will be surrounded by the hands-on practitioners of the very media they will be studying. This program will give them both the theoretical knowledge to think about media and the applied experience to make significant changes in the field.”
In just a few weeks, 14 students will be starting with the Media Studies program, increasing to 18-20 students next year. The M.F.A. in Writing hopes to start enrollment with around eight students, capping the number at 15 in a given year.
The expansion of the School of Liberal Arts has widely broadened the culture of Pratt’s campus and the surrounding Clinton Hill neighborhood. While art and design still permeate the Institute, from the iconic sculpture garden to regular exhibitions in the school’s many galleries, poetry readings and theatrical shows are now common occurrences across the campus.
Along with the new Master programs, the Social Science and Cultural Studies Department is launching a Sustainability Minor this fall which is open to all undergraduate students. This program will be another step in Pratt’s continuous effort to send a new generation of green and eco-friendly designers, architects, and minds into the world.