Reviews for Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
Feels like your high school, so a very nice transition for undergrads. Supplies will add up, so don't go out and buy everything at once. Try to develop relationships with your teachers because they are all very very talented and very very famous professionals in their field. hard work ethic and innovative results for your projects are the only thing that will get you into being popular, if that is what you want.
Your work will become the only and absolute measure of your social worth at Pratt. Some of my friends had transfered in from Pre-med at Rutgers and ended up transferring back because the workload at pratt was much more intense. Development of good time-management skills is strongly advised. Otherwise you will burn out. Fast. you are also guaranteed to cut your hand with some sort of a blade at least once during your undergrad tenure at pratt. It is inevitable. Keep a first-aid kit at your studio/work desk. The work facilities are great but chain your stuff down if you are leaving expensive equipment in studio overnight. Buy a coffee maker and chain it to your studio desk. If not, buy an electric tea kettle. You will also end up using a large amount of condoms for plaster sculptures. Try to prepare your folks for this in advance, as the inevitable trip to Costco or BJs for a 78-pack is sure to raise some eyebrows. (Buy the unlubricated kind, plaster doesn't react well to the lube.)
Very strong studio culture. Be social the first two weeks, as you will most likely make lifelong friends during orientation. Don't get drunk too much, first impressions count. get your ass into studio often. Working from the dorm room isn't a good idea and you will not be as productive. The area was sketchy when i started but now it is one of the best in Brooklyn. Great Farmer's market on Dekalb street.
Going to school in New York is a great opportunity and I enjoyed all my classes. Student housing was gross because there were a LOT of pests, but I think that's just a part of living in New York. If you stay in the dorm, you might need to invest in a lamp. My room did not have any lighting. But yet, you might want to find off-campus housing.
Pratt offered a diversity of art classes and I enjoyed all the ones I enrolled in. I really liked the approach they took with their writing program, which was offering fiction and poetry workshops for every year for freshman and sophomores with additional tutorials for upperclassmen that focused on more specific writing disciplines (I believe that was the way it was organized). The workshops were a good size when I was there and I was able to have a lot of my work critiqued.
I didn't take part in campus life much so I can't say much about it, but going to school in New York, finding something to do won't be a problem. Brooklyn is lively and Manhattan is just a subway away. The writing department was small and there weren't a lot of writing students, but that was cool because that meant we all had classes with either other at some point and basically knew each other (by name at least if not personally).
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