The Pratt Institute was the first to offer a fashion programme in higher education in the United States. As an applied fine arts college, students who matriculate at Pratt have abundant opportunities to collaborate with other artistic disciplines during their studies. The fact that it is an art school with a fashion programme, rather than a fashion-focused institution, explains students’ concerns with the state of marketing and business courses, which ranked among the lowest in our survey. Student comments identified the importance of creative influence from other departments at the school, including artists and photographers, which informed new modes of approaching the creative process. Courses in technical skills were rated very favourably and an impressive 100 percent of the students surveyed stated that they felt prepared for the fashion industry.
"Pratt is great fashion school. It has a fashion foundation that provides specific skills needed for internships and helps students to learn concepts easily. However, It does not have any business/marketing courses which are an important part of a fashion course."
"Creative influence from the other departments including designers, artists, photographers, etc. help to inform new modes of approaching the creative process. Being in such a small community of creatives is very inspiring and also helpful to create new and thoughtful work."
"I am pretty satisfied with my school experience. I was exposed to technical but also conceptual approaches to fashion and was able to interact with great professors and relevant designers at the time. I wish though now that I had more business or production classes as they relate to the fashion industry."
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