Rhode Island School of Design
About Rhode Island School of Design
The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is a private fine arts college with about 1800 undergraduate and 400 graduate students located in Providence, Rhode Island. RISD shares resources and offers joint courses with nearby Brown University. Providence is the capital and largest city in Rhode Island. It is also one of the oldest cities in the U.S. Providence sits at the mouth of the Providence River on Narragansett Bay. Providence boasts a 1200 acre parks system, multiple historic buildings, the RISD museum, and the minor league hockey team, the Providence Bruins.
RISD has several different design related majors for earning a BA degree. The small apparel design program includes courses in marketing, design, and sale of apparel. Each May, the apparel design students put on a showcase of the clothing they have created, which is open to the public and followed by a sale of the items.
Students interested in architecture design may earn a Bachelor's or Master's degree in architecture. The school of architecture strives to teach its students about theory, design, technology, history, and social responsibility.
The film, animation, and video major prepares students to create a variety of films, with a focus on independent films and individual expression.
A MFA in furniture design is available for students at RISD. The program focuses on using state-of-the-art design resources to create useful and aesthetically pleasing furniture.
RISD offers bachelor's and master's degrees in graphic design. The program emphasizes visual communication, professional practice, transcending tradition, and includes a summer institute for graphic design studies.
The industrial design department offers both bachelor's and master's degree programs. Both educate students to solve design problems, to use innovation, and to be sensitive to the social and ecological environment. Students may opt to participate in design research projects.
The small jewelry and metalsmithing program offers students the opportunity to work very closely with instructors. Students are expected to master both design and technical skills.
The textile department offers a bachelor's or master's degree for students interested in textile construction and design. Students learn the design process, materials, and techniques involved in making textiles.
RISD offers both bachelor's and master's degrees in photography. The programs emphasize a variety of techniques, visual expression, and an understanding of photography's role in culture and society.
The financial aid office at RISD assists students who are artistically capable, but not able to pay for tuition. Through the use of federal and state grants, loans, student employment, and scholarships, RISD helps all qualified students achieve their educational goals.
The RISD architecture programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).