Founded in 1877, the Rhode Island School of Design is a private arts school located in Providence, Rhode Island on a campus adjacent to Brown University. It is one of the best-known studio art schools in the USA. The close physical relationship between RISD and Brown has translated into an academic partnership; the students have access to Brown University libraries and the Providence Athenaeum. The two institutions share social, academic, and community resources and offer joint courses as well.
The school offers 16 undergraduate majors and 17 graduate majors. RISD is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), a consortium of thirty-six leading art schools in the United States. It also maintains over 80,000 works of art in the RISD Museum. It has about 2500 students from all over the United States and 57 other countries. It offers programs in Apparel Design, Architecture, Ceramics, Digital Media, Film/Animation/Video, Furniture, Glass, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Jewelry/Metal-Smiting, Landscape Architecture, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Teaching and Learning in Art &Design. The most popular majors at Rhode Island School of Design include: Illustration; Industrial and Product Design; Graphic Design; Film/Video and Photographic Arts; and Painting.
The total student population at the Rhode Island School of Design is more than 2,400 of which over 2,000 students are enrolled in the undergraduate programs. The student to faculty ratio is 9:1 and the acceptance rate is 37%. RISD is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), a consortium of thirty-six leading art schools in the United States.
Financial aid for undergraduates is available through scholarships, federal and state grants, need-based loans and work study opportunities. All admitted graduate students are additionally considered for fellowships and assistantships that provide both financial support and important professional development experiences.
Notable Alumni: Rosanne Somerson (American-born woodworker, furniture designer/maker, educator, and current President of Rhode Island School of Design), Seth Woodbury MacFarlane (American actor, filmmaker, comedian, and singer, working primarily in animation and comedy, as well as live-action)
Rhode Island School of Design Programs
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Fees vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific fees.
Undergraduate: February 1
Graduate: January 10
Deadlines vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific deadlines.
Rhode Island School of Design Rankings
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