About GradComD

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Design plays a central and formative role in shaping communities, technology and business. Never have designers been expected to cultivate such a diverse set of skills and knowledge. Our programs prepare individuals to pursue design with passion and cultural relevance. 

In our distinctive programs, we explore design as a means for communicating meaningful messages, organizing information, creating compelling experiences, and affecting social change.We believe the most intriguing and successful designers are cultural innovators who use media to inform, persuade, and entertain. Our graduates develop a voice as authors and entrepreneur’s engaged in identifying and solving design problems within cross-disciplinary environments. We approach design as an agent of change—a strategy for transforming behaviors of individuals in desirable and sustainable ways. Our programs provide a framework for both professional practice and academic careers.


The department is located in Manhattan at 144 West 14th St., between 6th and 7th Avenues, and our student studios are four blocks north on West 18th St. The department’s faculty includes highly regarded, award-winning professional designers, authors, marketing and media specialists. The faculty are important professional contacts for the students—several have written pivotal design books and articles, and many have been been honored with design awards from prestigious arts and design organizations.

A diverse body of students – over 28 countries are represented – come to Pratt to further their career in the design industry, begin a journey towards becoming a design educator, or to alter a career course. Our graduate programs provide students the opportunity to develop and refine their design process, design voice, and creative skills leading to professional competence and leadership.

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You can download "Live Learn Design", our departmental publication celebrating 40 years, below. The process of designing the book is highlighted in detail on one of the designer's Behance pages as well, click here to view.

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