PrattMWP Art Education Students: Learning to Teach, Inspire, and Innovate

Teaching fine arts and design is a creative process that requires more than a knowledge of art.

art design education 9406323167 oArt teachers need an academic background in fine arts and education – but effective educators must also have the rare ability to communicate visual ideas, to facilitate creative growth, and to engender a strong desire for learning in their students. These are the qualities necessary to prepare artists for the professional challenges they will face. And these are qualities that aspiring art teachers will develop at PrattMWP.

Art education is an exciting field because teachers have the opportunity to inspire the great artists of tomorrow by nurturing their skills, encouraging their efforts, and exposing them to the right works. Teaching fine arts requires insight, talent, and humanity. It is an art in itself.

Students at PrattMWP prepare for their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Art and Design Education by completing the foundation art courses in their first-year, then developing both their visual art skills and ability communicate those visual ideas to others. PrattMWP students complete their own fine art education as they work to achieve their art education teaching degree.

Students who major in Art and Design Education may then go on to earn a New York State Initial Certification in Teaching Fine Arts in grades Pre-K through 12.

B.F.A. in Art & Design Education

In Art and Design Education, students develop their skills through intensive studio preparation in foundation art, and through courses such as drawing, painting, three-dimensional design; light, color and design, printmaking, photography, sculpture, including ceramics and jewelrymaking, and four-dimensional design. In their sophomore year, students are introduced to courses and fieldwork in which personal connections between studio, education theory and classroom practice can be made. By learning how to articulate and communicate visual ideas to others, they gain insight into their own art.

[6] Visualization/Representation I & II (FDC 140 & FDC 141)
[3] Space, Form, Process (FDC 150)
[6] Light, Color and Design I & II (FDC 160 & FDC 161)
[3] Time and Movement (FDC 180)
[6] Themes in Art and Culture I & II (HA 111 & HA 112)
[3] Intro. to Literary and Critical Studies I (HMS101A)
[3] Gen Ed Core Elective (SS-T, SS-G, MSCI)
[30] Total Credits

[12] Studio Core
[3] From Studio to Classroom (ADE 200)
[3] Youth in the City (ADE 201)
[3] Child and Adolescent Development (SS 391)
[3] Intro. to Literary and Critical Studies II (HMS201A)
[6] Gen Ed Core Elective (SS-T, SS-G, MSCI)
[30] Total Credits

The junior, senior, and in some cases, fifth years will be taken at the Pratt campus in Brooklyn.

Art & Design Education Studio Core

Studio Core Concentrations: Communications Design, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Integrated Practices. Art and Design Education students take a sequence of 18 studio credits in a core art or design discipline beginning in their sophomore year at PrattMWP and continuing into their junior and senior years at the Pratt campus in Brooklyn. Students choose their core based on their experiences in foundation during their first year and their studio interests. Students select their studio core concentration before the start of sophomore year with the exception of students that plan to concentrate in Photography, which is selected at the start of the first year.

STUDIO CORE: Communications Design
Sophomore Year Core Requirements
[3] Typography & Information Design (COMD 250)
[3] Image as Communication (COMD 241)
[3] Process and Production (COMD 242)
[3] All Institute Elective

Sophomore Year Core Requirements
[3] Drawing I (DRWG 205) or Life Study I (DRWG 211)
[3] Drawing II (DRWG 206) or Life Study II (DRWG 212)
[3] Painting I (PTG 205)
[3] Drawing: Materials and Methods (DRWG 323)

Sophomore Year Core Requirements
[6] Painting I & II (PTG 205 & PTG 206)
[3] Drawing I (DRWG 205) or Life Study I (DRWG 211)
[3] Painting Processes (TECH 507)

STUDIO CORE: Photography
First-Year/Sophomore Year Core Requirements
[3] Black and White Photography (PHOT 105)
[3] Digital Photography (PHOT 210)
[3] Intermediate Digital Photography (PHOT 211)
[3] Sophomore Critique (PHOT 205)

STUDIO CORE: Printmaking
Sophomore Year Core Requirements
[3] Drawing I (DRWG 205) or Life Study I (DRWG 211)
[6] Printmaking Elective (PRNT)
[3] Printmaking I (PRNT 205)

STUDIO CORE: Sculpture and Integrated Practices
Sophomore Year Core Requirements
[6] Sculpture I & II (SCU 205 & SCU 206)
[3] Woodworking I (TECH 519) or Ceramics I (TECH 509) or Casting and Moldmaking I (TECH 527)
[3] Drawing, Printmaking, or Painting Elective (DRWG/PRNT/PTG)

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First-Year 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

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

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Prepare for a Bright Design Career at the Highly Ranked
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