University of Rhode Island
About University of Rhode Island
The University of Rhode Island (URI) is located in the historic village of Kingston, RI, thirty miles south of Providence. Kingston, with a population of about 5,000 is located within the larger town of South Kingstown. URI is a large, four year public university with 14,546 undergraduate and 4,549 graduate students. The Kingston campus is the main campus in the URI system. Kingston has many historic buildings and other points of interest including the Dr. Everett Christopher Memorial Arboretum, the URI Botanical Gardens, and the 120-year-old Kingston Amtrak station. Furthermore, Kingston is within easy reach of the coast giving students access to several beaches. New York, Boston, and Philadelphia are also easy to get to from Kingston.
The University of Rhode Island offers a BA program in film media. This interdisciplinary program covers production and design, theory, criticism, and history of film. Students majoring in film media must complete the core courses in film theory, history, and production. They may then choose from various film technique, design, and field experience courses to round out their required 30 credits.
Students interested in fashion design may earn a BS or an MS in textiles, fashion merchandising and design. Within this major, students may choose to concentrate on fashion merchandising, apparel studies, textile science, or interior furnishings and design. Fashion merchandising prepares students to market and sell apparel. The apparel studies concentration teaches students how to create clothing and includes learning how to use computer-aided design for making patterns. The textile science program teaches students about designing and manufacturing textiles and offers internships in the New England textile industry. The interior design program prepares students to be professional home interior designers.
URI prepares students for careers in landscape architecture with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) degree. Students with this major take courses in design, planning, and technology. The program emphasizes ecological values and the consideration of culture and community when shaping the human environment.
The financial aid office focuses on finding monetary aid for students with the greatest need. To determine that need, students are encouraged to use the Free Application for Federal Stuent Aid (FAFSA) and to complete the appropriate forms by March 1. The school also offers grants based on academic achievement and assists students with finding and applying for private, state, and federal loans.
URI is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The University finalized a self study in 2007 and will be evaluated again for reaccreditation in 2017.