Find your path. Start your creative journey.

Make the most of your gap year!

Gap Year Discovery classes will be held online for the spring 2021 semester.

Earn College Credits

15 Weeks

Choose 1 or more (3 credits)

Digital Cinema

Sustainable Core

Art and Politics of Public Writing

I Heart/Break New York:

Gentrifications and Urban Change 


(1 credit or noncredit)

Stress Reduction: Mindfulness 

Earn a Certificate

12 Weeks

Choose 1 or more 

Motion Graphics Certificate

Digital Product Design Certificate

Human-Centered Design Certificate

Branding and Digital Marketing Certificate





Advance a Professional Practice

4 Weeks 

Choose 1 or more

Design Business

Portfolio Development

*Practicum: UX Design Studio




*Prerequisite: UX Design, Digital Product Design, or Human-Centered Design

Discover the intersection of your creative journey and the related design fields that translate to a professional practice. Pratt Institute’s Gap Year Discovery program will help you decide which path is right for you and provide you with the experience, knowledge, skills and courage to advance in college and professional life.

Combine college credits, certificates, and professional development classes, or choose just one. Work with an advisor to determine what's best for you. Pratt provides you with the options and support to make the most of your gap year.


Credit Courses: 15 Weeks

Art & Politics of Public Writing (3 Credits) 

HMS 431S 

Everyone has a “hot take”—a piece of commentary that responds quickly to the latest political, cultural, or social event. It competes for public attention in a 24-hour news cycle where journalists, bloggers, and other commentators (amateur and professional) are vying for the public’s increasingly divided attention. As a result, “hot takes” are often disparaged (sometimes deservedly) for substituting a personal opinion and shallow moralizing for thoughtful, deliberate criticism.


Focus on “the cool take”—commentary that is timely but not hastily produced, based on individual perspectives as well as research and data. Learn to identify what constitutes compelling arts writing and criticism, and employ those same standards while producing your own cultural criticism. Choose a medium and/or media, and practice writing/performing pieces of criticism that put an exhibition, concert, television episode/series, theatrical production, fashion collection, food trend, or some other cultural production in greater historical, social, political, and/or cultural context. Receive constructive feedback on your work. In addition, you will read, watch, and listen to professional cultural commentators and discuss the ways in which a written review, a podcast, or a vlog is, or isn’t, successful. Improve your writing, research, and thinking skills through the necessary art of rewriting.


I Heart/Break New York: Gentrification & Urban Change (3 credits)

SS 339 

Gentrification is the talk of the town. But what exactly is gentrification? What produces it? And where do you fit in? Focus on gentrification as a process of urban change, considering its contemporary manifestations in cities around the world. Course topics include an overview of the history of urban development and housing policy, structural racism, community development, "the Right to the City," and grassroots social movements. Explore New York as a case study, documenting the stories that shape people's everyday struggles living in one of the world's "global cities" through readings, discussion, film, multimedia, archival research, oral histories, and new digital technologies.


Sustainable Core (3 Credits)

SS 201T  

Explore definitions, applications, and debates of sustainability across fields and relevant disciplines (offered by Pratt and beyond) with an emphasis on environmental quality, social equity, and economic activity. In addition to Pratt Institute faculty, experts on specific topics will provide guest lectures. 


Digital Cinema I (3 Credits) 


Learn the fundamentals of digital cinema production. Produce short video works with an equal emphasis on concept, content, and equipment use. Experimentation is encouraged. Work collaboratively and individually on video assignments. Advance your ability as a maker, viewer, and reader of digital cinematic productions.


Stress Reduction: Mindfulness (1 Credit, or Non-credit) 


Cultivate mindfulness practices to facilitate greater engagement with life and coping with stress. Mindfulness involves bringing intentional non-judgment awareness to what is happening in the present moment. Based on the highly successful Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, this course is highly experiential and uses a seminar-like format designed for college students to explore application of mindfulness in mind-body awareness, mindful eating, communication skills and stress management. 


Certificate Programs: 12 Weeks






Professional Development Courses: 4 Weeks






Credit Courses: $1670 (1 credit), $5010 (3 credits)

Certificate Programs: $1950-$3950

Professional Development Courses: $295-$1250



Chris Ferrara, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Programs

Upcoming Courses