Pratt Institute has roots dating back to 1887 when it began offering programmes in engineering, architecture and fine arts. It is based primarily in Brooklyn, New York however it has a satellite campus in Manhattan.
Comprising of five schools, Pratt Institute is primarily known for its prominent programmes in architecture, interior design and industrial design. All degrees have a strong research focus.
The main campus is located on a historic and enclosed 25-acre space, which is open to the public as park space during the daytime. There are many contemporary sculptures throughout the space, which makes the campus home to the largest sculpture park in New York City.
Pratt Institute is divided into five schools with more than 28 departments and divisions offering a variety of courses, which include: visual studies, arts and cultural management, architecture and urban design, architecture, media arts, and social sciences.
Athletic teams – known as the Pratt Cannoneers – are the founding members of the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and offer many sports teams which include: basketball, soccer, cross-country, indoor/outdoor track, tennis and volleyball.
Notable alumni include Robert Redford, an American actor, director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, and philanthropist, Kadir Nelson, an African-American artist, illustrator and author whose work has focused on African-American culture and history, and Harvey Forbes Fierstein, an American actor, playwright, and voice actor who has many Tony Awards to his name.