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Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?


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These are oversimplifications and definitely don't capture the whole picture, but yes, they are. The biggest misunderstanding about Pratt, I think, is that a lot of people who decide to come here are talented but not professionally driven by art, and that those who are not professionally driven by art become mostly dissatisfied with the school.


basically everyone can fit into at least one.


Some yes, others no.


Only in tabloids


Well, some students here seem to only have five living brain cells life, but I know a lot of people here who were really successful in high school and are really smart. They could have been doctors, but they chose art instead. Pratt doesn't teach you how to make bad or debatable art, but if that's your style, they'll tell you to go for it--but after you learn how to do other stuff first. Pratt isn't just about the starving artist deal--there are lots of opportunities of graphics, art-business, fashion, etc. So, Ok, Pratt does happen to be a money black hole, but it's not because your teachers are getting paid millions. Pratt is a history center, so your money goes towards renovating windows and things. The teachers here are amazing. Like I said, they don't get paid uber bucks, so these people are here because they want to be because Pratt students are some of the top art people in the country. You can get a mean one every once in while, but that can happen anywhere.


Not all of them. There are percentages of all these stereotypes, but most people I meet are just the type of people you have to get to know. People tend to make judgements too quickly.


well of course we are artsy. we are all artists in some way. There are a lot of hipster type people if u want a stereotype. but i think we are all a little free spirited and laid back kind of people no matter what "stereotype" people may think we are. there are many different types of folk here. ranging from goth to prep to hipster to recluse. But like i said no one fits into one specific category and you make friends with a lot of different people here. it's a very accepting atmosphere.


only about 50{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} of the time.


Yeah, all weird art kids, who don't care what other people think.


I wasn't a rich kid and I don't think any of my friends were. But it is expensive.


Pratt does have a very good architecture program, based mostly (like many of the majors at Pratt) on theory first and practice second. The list of alumni is accurate; so is the factoid that Debbie Does Dallas was filmed in the Pratt library. As for the cats, while it is true that there are over forty cats who live on campus (fed and cared for by the head engineer, Conrad), administrative staff have, in recent years, expressed a deep concern and disgust for the cats as many people are allergic to their dander. Pratt still has cats but is not allowed to welcome more strays on campus, to be taken care of by Conrad.


As far as any stereotype can be accurate. They apply in enough instances to make them annoying, but not enough instances to instigate a change. There are good people doing good work, and if you lean on anyone hard enough, you can usually get your way. Geez, for 45 grand a year, they'd better be accomodating.




While it is safe to say you will come across every single stereotype labeled in ASC (Art School Confidential) it is also safe to say that those stereotypes really ARE skin deep. Having been there and associated with many different groups of people I can tell you things aren't always as pathetic, sad, or depressing as the comic I've referenced implies. I met countless wonderful, interesting, creative and talented people (professors and students alike). I also met a lot of lazy, spoiled hacks and faded teachers. All in all, though, I have to say the school is far too diverse to truly label the art-school stereotypes as entirely accurate.


Pretty much. Except the green hair bit. I mean, I don?t think I fit into it, but mostly everyone here seems to be cultivating a ?weird? persona. It?s stereotypical enough that me and some friends are able to play Pratt Bingo on the lawn.