- what are alternatives if i wish to take a students loan.
If you are from U.S, you can get lots of alternative loans from private education loan services. Beside FAFSA, you can also apply for Parents loan.
Credit card loans can be helpful only if you are in hurry.
Other than that, if you are not from U.S, apply for various international scholarships especially from your own country. I believe Pratt gives out very very few scholarships to graduate students who has high GPA, good work samples after the first year is over. I have seen two guys who are international students recieved the scholarship from MID. If you have architecture background and an international student, I heard about such fund-$1000 to $3000. Also talk to the department chair about this if you can.
- if I join the school, is it possible for me to work part time and how much will i earn?
If you are in the school…basically you will loose money.
Beside the tuitions, you have to spend $$ for food, art supplies and transportation.
However there are other options. You can cook and bring food to school, bring art supplies from your country (if you are from Asia beside HK or Japan, art supplies are so much cheaper), make portfolio with brain-not money. You can make number of digital rendered portfolio, scaled models and real design house works if you can find an internship which you can use them as part of folio.
You can find part time as dog walker, nanny, filer, assistant, delivery person, waiter & etc. You can make from $8/hr to $15/hr appx.
If you can do graghic design, you can find some freelance jobs. Some people makes $400-$500 a day doing layouts. Design T-Shirts and such things will give you $50-$100 per project.
If you are super-duper talented, part time designer positions are everywhere in NYC. It is because they don’t pay part timers much and don’t have to provide insurances.
- what are the monthly expenses to be staying in New York city??
If you have other contemporary Fine arts background, you can apply for international art studio programs. There are numbers of such programs in NYC which gives you a work space as grant, but you can stay there. PS1 is one of them. Clock Towel Program…etc.
Living cost in Brooklyn is bit high, especially near Pratt area.
There are lots of artists’ studios where poor artists live in work only space. Depressing?? Sorry.
Other cheap options are:
You can live in Jersey City, NJ , Harlem and Long Island City as other option. Rents are about as low as $600 to $1500.
If you find a roommate in the areas, it becomes 1/2 the cost.
Living near Pratt will cost you: in dorm-$800 plus a month. In single bedroom-$900-$1600+. With roommate-$300–$1000.
- How long does it usually take to complete the course??
48 credits to 54 credits; 2 years to 2 and 1/2-for full time. The max credit you can take per semester is 12 and 6 for the summer.
- Are american institutes negotiable to decreasing the no. of credits??
Perhaps you can. Bring the files and show them the reason why your credits must be decreased in the no. But I don’t think they will do it much.
If you have ID background, you can skip lot of MID reuirement classes-again, you must talk to them first.