Pratt Institute set to expand film department into 17,000-sf space

January 21, 2013 03:00PM

The Pratt Institute in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn has expansion on the mind. The arts college is looking to quadruple its film and video enrollment and double its footprint by moving into a 17,000-square-foot space on campus, Crain’s reported. Renovation work to accommodate the expansion is valued at $3 million and will take place in a space that currently operates as a bookstore. Project completion is slated for the fall of 2014. The new digs will fit 200 Pratt students over the next four to six years, whereas the department currently has 50 students.

“There was just great demand for the major so expanding the program just made sense,” Leighton Pierce, acting director of Pratt’s School of Art and Design, told Crain’s. “The film industry is just very popular in the city at large.”

As previously reported, Pratt purchased a 34,700-square-foot development site for $13 million this past spring. The site is approved for a 17-story residential property. [Crain’s]Zachary Kussin