Rhode Island College
About Rhode Island College
Rhode Island College, a four-year institution of higher learning, is a 180 acre campus located in the Mount Pleasant region of Providence, Rhode Island. The school serves approximately 9,000 graduate and undergraduate students. 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.
The art department at Rhode Island College offers students several degree options in art including a BA in studio art, a bachelor of fine arts, and a master's in media studies. The faculty believe that students must have a strong understanding of the basic concepts of art. Students learn the basic techniques of drawing and design before moving on to higher level art courses. All art students must first complete the foundation courses, which include drawing, design, art history, and criticism classes. After the foundation courses, those majoring in studio art or fine arts will then create a plan of study with an advisor. In the master's of media studies degree, graduate students learn to design electronically using CAD and other techniques.
The financial aid office assists students with financing their education. They offer loans, grants, scholarships, and part-time employment. The main requirement for aid is financial need, although some money is awarded based upon academic achievements. To be awarded financial aid, students must be accepted into a program that leads to a degree, be enrolled with half the full time amount of credits, and maintain satisfactory academic grades. Almost 78% of freshman at Rhode Island College receive some form of financial aid with the average amount being $7,696.
Rhode Island College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Programs within the college are individually accredited. The art programs at Rhode Island College are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification.