Build Strong Foundation at PrattMWP and Earn an Art Degree from a Top U.S. Art School

One of the most significant features of Pratt’s world-renowned art curriculum is the strong emphasis we place on Foundation. We believe that each student’s education should be grounded in the underlying concepts, principles, and history of the visual arts – and that belief is one important reason why Pratt Institute ranks among the best art colleges in the world.

The objective of the Foundation core is to develop and expand students' visual thinking through a critical examination and practice of methods and processes of creativity. This Foundation core is a first-year prerequisite to the Fine Arts and Communications Design programs. Students move on to specialization in their sophomore year.

Many top art schools stress Foundation, but PrattMWP students have a unique opportunity to advance their skills. Our intimate, upstate campus offers a remarkable 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Students spend the first two years of their Pratt art degree working closely with full-time faculty in a serious, focused art environment. They are then guaranteed transfer to the main campus at Pratt Brooklyn.

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

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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

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

General Education Core

Communications Design

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

Teacher Preparation/Certification

Art Teacher Certification Program

PreCollege Programs


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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.

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More than 43 languages are spoken in the city of Utica.

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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.