Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Admission Requirements for High School Applicants


  1. Application form with fee (online)
  2. Official transcripts from each high school attended or official GED scores
  3. SAT or ACT test scores : Pratt is test-optional for high school students applying for fall 2021.  Students for whom English is a second language,see item 7 below.  Test scores are not required for Associate Degree Programs.)
  4. Optional letter of recommendation
  5. Visual or writing portfolio: Submit to (Not required for Construction Management.)   
  6. Essay (part of application form)
  7. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), TOEFL ITP Plus, PTE, Duolingo, or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam results  must be submitted by all students for whom English is a second language.  The ACT or SAT may be submitted instead if available.  

All mailed materials must be sent to:

Pratt Institute
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11205

All supporting documents, including portfolio if required, should be submitted by the application deadline. Transcripts should be mailed or submitted within two weeks of the application deadline.

Official High School Transcripts

A high school diploma or equivalent is required for admission to Pratt Institute’s undergraduate program. Applicants who have received high school equivalency diplomas are required to have official High School Equivalency Examination (GED) scores sent to the Admissions Office in addition to official transcripts from all high schools attended.

International applicants must submit official transcripts (academic records) of all secondary school studies as well as any postsecondary studies. Applicants also must submit official results of all external examinations. These include General Certificate of Education, Hong Kong School Certificate of Education, Israeli matriculation or Bagrut, Secondary School Certificates, and Baccalaureate Part I and Part II. Transcripts must be translated into English.

Test Scores:  Pratt is test-optional for fall 2021. 

For Fall 2021 in response to COVID-19, Pratt is offering citizen and permanent residents of the U.S. the ability to be reviewed for admission for our four- or five-year programs without submitting resuts from the SAT or ACT.  applicants who do not submit test scores willnot be at a disadvantage in the admissions process. Students   may opt into this process by selecting this option within the online application.  Students for whom English is a second language must submit one of the following:  TOEFL, TOEFL ITP Plus, IELTS, Duolingo, or PTE .  They may submit the ACT or SAT if available. To ensure that we receive scores by our posted dead­lines, students should take the tests as early as possible but no later than one month before the application deadline. Please be sure to have your scores sent directly to Pratt. The writing section is optional for the ACT. The SAT essay is optional.

  • SAT code is 2669
  • CLEP code is 2669
  • AP code is 2669
  • ACT code is 2862
  • TOEFL code is 2669

ACT and SAT test requirements may be waived for any first-time freshman applicants if they have graduated from high school five or more years prior to their application. 

Letter of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are optional. See details at


All high school Art, Design, and Architecture applicants, including photography, BFA in History of Art and Design,  and Fashion Design  applicants, must submit a visual portfolio consisting of 12–20 images of two- or three-dimensional work. Portfolios must be submitted by the application deadline. Photography applicants are not required to submit the three to five observation drawings and may submit a photography portfolio. BFA in Film applicants and applicants to the two-year AOS in Game Design and Interactive Media program should see the sections below for portfolio requirements for these majors. 

The visual portfolio should consist of a variety of media and approaches. It can include assignment-based projects, self-directed work, or pieces of a collaborative nature. The portfolio does not need to be specific to the discipline to which you are applying. The portfolio must include at least three to five pieces of work from observation. Examples might include a landscape, still life, figure, interior, or self-portrait. Applicants should avoid including work that copies photographs, uses the grid system, or directly replicates any other artist’s work (including replicating anime drawings, cartoons, or video game character designs). Please indicate in the description section for each image on SlideRoom if the work is your own or was done by a group. See additional details at

Portfolio for Film Applicants

Film applicants must choose from either Option 1 or Option 2, but all film applicants must submit the writing sample described in C.

Option 1

A visual portfolio consisting of 12–25 examples of two- or three-dimensional work. The work should consist of a variety of media and approaches; applicants may include a three-minute-maximum video for which the applicant has primary creative control in addition to work in other media. Work may include assignment-based projects, self-directed work, or pieces of a collaborative nature. The portfolio does not need to be discipline-specific. The portfolio must include at least three to five pieces of work showing observational drawing; examples might include a landscape, still life, self-portrait, life drawings, etc. Applicants should avoid including work that copies photographs, uses the grid system, or directly replicates any other artist’s work (including replicating anime drawings, cartoons, or video game character designs).


Option 2

Visual Sample: Applicants submit either 1 or 2 below, and all must submit C (the writing sample).

  1. Video: A three- to five-minute video in which you had primary creative control. This may be fiction, documentary, or experimental in approach, and it may be silent or include sound, but it must reflect your aesthetic, intellectual, and emotional interests. (Should be submitted on SlideRoom at
  2. Graphic Series: A series of photographs you have taken or drawings you have made that, when viewed in a sequence, tell a simple story or portray an original character or place. Include a brief written narrative (less than one page) about the character, place, or story you’ve created. (Should be submitted on SlideRoom at

Writing Sample (All Film applicants must submit 1 below.)

  1. Provide a one- to two-page essay based on one of the following questions: 
    1. Write about a milestone, an unexpected encounter, or an event that was a turning point in your life. And then include some strategies you might use to tell that story through image and sound.
    2. Describe in detail a moment from a film or any other art form that you find particularly moving. What was its effect on you? How has it influenced you? What techniques do you feel the filmmaker/artist used to accomplish such impact?

Please upload the writing sample to either the media section of SlideRoom in PDF format or to the attachments section as a Word document.

Portfolio for AOS in Game Design and Interactive Media Applicants

Applicants to the Game Design and Interactive Media two-year program must choose from either Option 1 or Option 2 below, but all Game Design applicants must submit the writing sample in C below.

Option 1

A visual portfolio as previously described under Portfolio on the preceding page.


Option 2

Game Proposal: Applicants may submit an original game proposal including at least 3 of the following 5 elements. The proposal can be for any sort of game.

  1. Characters
  2. Narrative
  3. Strategy
  4. Rules
  5. World/Visual Descriptions


Writing Sample (required for all Game Design applicants): Describe in detail the impact that a game has made on you. Applicants may write about any aspect of the game that impacted them the most. What effect did it have on you? How has it influenced you? What techniques do you feel the game developers use to achieve this impact?

Please upload the writing sample to either the media section of SlideRoom in a PDF format or to the attachments section as a Word document.

Submitting Your Visual Portfolio

Applicants must submit their portfolios online at by the application deadline. You will be able to edit your portfolio online until you press the “submit” button, and you will receive immediate confirmation that we received your work. Please submit by the application deadline. Do not send originals. All submitted materials, including the portfolio, become the property of Pratt Institute. Portfolios in any format will not be returned or held for pickup. We do not review personal websites unless you indicate your request on SlideRoom. There is a $15 charge to submit your portfolio on SlideRoom.

Admissions advisement sessions and reviews done during National Portfolio Days or by appointment off campus do not fulfill the applicant’s visual requirement. They are for guidance only.

About Your Portfolio

Some of the most frequent questions we receive are about what should be included in the portfolio. Visit us at for information on what you should include. Click on your level—high school applicant or transfer—for more information on your portfolio.

If you want additional advice on your work, please feel free to contact our Visit Coordinator at or 718.636.3779 to set up an appointment with one of our admissions counselors. Our admissions counselors are all active artists and designers who are happy to give potential applicants feedback on their work and their application portfolio. Admissions counselors meet with students across the country and are also available weekdays at our Brooklyn Admissions Office. Applicants seeking portfolio feedback from admissions counselors should contact the office between April 1 and December 1.

Portfolio for Writing

Applicants are required to submit a writing portfolio of recent writing (no more than 10 pages). Writing applicants may submit poetry, short stories, and excerpts from novels, articles, and essays. Please submit one sample of analytical writing (essay, term paper, or article). We encour­age you to submit several examples of your writing in different genres. If you submit poetry, you must also submit some prose. Please upload writing samples online at to either the media section in PDF format or to the attachments section as a Word document.

Portfolio for Critical and Visual Studies and BA in HIstory of Art and design

Applicants should submit examples of analytical writing (no more than 10 pages) at Upload to either the media section in PDF format or to the attachments section as a Word document.

At this time, feedback on writing portfolios is not available through the Admissions Office.


The essay is uploaded on the last page of the online application. It should be 250–500 words. Topic: Describe when and how you became interested in art, design, writing, architecture, or the particular major to which you are applying. Describe how this interest has manifested itself in your daily life.

Tests of English Proficiency for

TOEFL, TOEFL Plus, IELTS, Duolingo  or PTE

Applicants whose first language is not English (including US citizens and Permanent Residents)  must submit the results of an English Proficiency Test from one of the following: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the TOEFL ITP Plus*, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Duolingo, or Pearson Test of English (PTE) and have the results sent by the application deadline. Students who have taken the SAT or ACT test may submit SAT or ACT test scores instead of the TOEFL. Applicants must attain an acceptable score on their chosen test for the four- or five-year programs; Pratt requires a minimum result of 79 on the TOEFL, 550 on the TOEFL ITP Plus,6.5 on the IELTS,53 on the Pearson for four-year programs and a 48 for two-year programs. The required score for the Duolingo is 105 for the test taken after July 15, 2019 and beyond.  

The two-year Associate Degree Programs require a minimum TOEFL score of 530 (paper), 71 (internet). Pratt’s TOEFL code is 2669. Pratt will accept the IELTS in lieu of the TOEFL. The required score is 6.5 for four-year programs and 6 for the Associate Degree Programs. The required minimum PTE score is 53 for four-year programs and 48 for two-year programs.

*Applicants from Mainland China may take the TOEFL ITP Plus through Vericant.  See below for more information on Vericant. 

Applicants from China and Korea

In order to provide an in-person interview opportunity for all Chinese and Korean applicants interested in Pratt Institute, we have partnered with Vericant. Vericant will conduct video interviews and short writing samples with our applicants in those countries. Vericant does not evaluate candidates but, instead, posts the interviews online for our admissions team to review. The Vericant interview will form part of your application package if you opt to be interviewed. Although the Vericant interview is not mandatory, we highly recommend it, as it will give you an excellent opportunity to showcase your skills and profes­sionalism to our admissions team.

To learn more about Vericant and to schedule an interview, please visit Vericant’s website at

Vericant provides interviews in the following cities:

  • Beijing,
  • Chengdu,
  • Chongqing,
  • Dalian,
  • Guangzhou,
  • Hangzhou,
  • Hong Kong,
  • Nanjing,
  • Qingdao,
  • San Francisco,
  • Seoul,
  • Shanghai,
  • Shenzhen,
  • Wuhan,
  • Xi’an, and
  • hengzhou.

Additional Required Material for Home-Schooled Applicants

Pratt Institute welcomes applications from home-schooled students. In the absence of conventional high school records, submitting the items below will help us to evaluate your readiness for the programs that we offer.  Home-school transcripts should include:

  • course titles
  • course grades
  • units of credit for courses
  • grading scale (if other than A–F letter grades)
  • signature of the home-school administrator (the parent or other person who organized, taught, and evaluated your home school coursework)

In the absence of a traditional transcript, you may present a portfolio of the work you consider most indicative of your academic achievements (this is in addition to the regular visual portfolio requirement). This may contain records such as grades from community college or other postsecondary-level courses that you may have taken, scores from AP tests (these are also administered independently of schools), recommendations from qualified tutors or teachers, examples of independent research, or descriptions of books and other curricular materials used in preparation for college-level work.

Proof of High School Graduation

This requirement may be satisfied by supplying any of the following:

  1. Scores from the official High School Equivalency Examination (GED)
  2. A letter from your local superintendent of schools as proof of your readiness to enter college and that your home schooling was conducted in accordance with state laws
  3. Certificate of graduation from a diploma-granting organization or nontraditional school

Recommended High School Coursework

The following subjects are strongly recommended for admission to specific Pratt programs.

Architecture, Writing, and Critical and Visual Studies Programs

Subject Units
English 4 units
Social Studies 1 unit
College Prep Math 3-4 units
Science 2 units1
Academic Electives 3 units2
General Electives 2 units3

Construction Management Program

Subject Units
English 4 units
Social Studies 1 unit
College Prep Math 4 units1
Science 2 units2
Academic Electives 5 units
General Electives 2 units3

Art and Design Programs

Subject Units
English 4 units
Social Studies 1 unit
College Prep Math 1 unit
Science 1 unit
Academic Electives 3 units

Advanced Placement Credit Policy

See  AP Policy 

International Baccalaureate Policy

See IB Policy 

Two-Year Associate Degree Applicants

Requirements for the Associate Degree Programs are similar to the high school applicant requirements, including the portfolio requirements, except that  test scores (SAT/ACT) are not required. See the high school applicant section for details.  Applicants to the BFA programs in
drawing or Painting, Graphic Design, or Illustration who do not meet the qualifications for the BFA may be accepted instead to the Associate Degree Programs.