Johnson & Wales University - Providence, RI | Rhode Island Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Johnson & Wales University

School Summary
8 Abbott Park Place
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 598-1000
Degree Type:
One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate; Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus Setting:
City: Midsize
Campus Housing:

About Johnson & Wales University

Johnson and Wales University is a four-year institution of higher education with undergraduate and graduate programs. The focus is on career education, with schools of business, hospitality, culinary arts, education, and technology. The university is located in Providence, Rhode Island. Providence is the capital and largest city in Rhode Island and was founded in 1636. Providence sits at the mouth of the Providence River on Narragansett Bay. The city is divided into 25 official neighborhoods, which are often grouped together into larger areas. There is plenty to eat and drink in Providence as it has the highest number of restaurants and coffee/doughnut shops per capita of any U.S. city. Providence boasts a 1200 acre parks system, multiple historic buildings, the RISD museum, and the minor league hockey team, the Providence Bruins For evening entertainment, the city offers the Trinity Repertory Company, the Providence Black Repertory Company, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.

Johnson and Wales was founded in 1914 as a business school by Gertrude I. Johnson and Mary T. Wales. It later developed into a junior college, senior college, and finally in 1970, a university. The school began as and remained a career-focused institution teaching students through hands-on experiences, global perspective, industry relevance, and a focus on securing employment after graduation.

Students interested in fashion and retail can earn a bachelor's degree in fashion merchandising and retail marketing. This degree program prepares students for careers in retail management or for executive training opportunities in a retail setting. Graduates of the fashion program will have learned how to work in a retail setting, about fashion designers and the world of fashion, marketing principles, and how to analyze fashion trends. Students are also able to participate long-term in an externship to develop professional skills. Along with all the techniques necessary for a career in fashion, students also take a variety of electives, giving them a broad liberal arts education.

Students may earn a bachelor's or associate's degree in computer graphics and new media. The programs prepare students for careers in computer graphics, design, and other creative areas. Students learn about the history, theory, and practice of design, professional techniques, communication, and how to solve design problems.

Financial planning representatives at Johnson and Wales assist students with finding the appropriate funding for school. Students first fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible. Students then will have the opportunity to get loans, grants, scholarships, and work study jobs.

Johnson and Wales is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges' Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,