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Rhode Island School of Design

The Rhode Island School of design enrolls more than 1900 undergraduate students in a wide array of visual design and arts programs. The school is located in a residential section of Providence, and it's one of the few places we know of where you'll find metal-smithing and glass-blowing studios. Programs of study here range from animation, to furniture and fashion design, to architecture and landscape architecture and painting.

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The Rhode Island School of design enrolls more than 1900 undergraduate students in a wide array of visual design and arts programs. The school is located in a residential section of Providence, and it's one of the few places we know of where you'll find metal-smithing and glass-blowing studios. Programs of study here range from animation, to furniture and fashion design, to architecture and landscape architecture and painting.

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Offers an artsy architecture major in addition to programs in the visual arts.

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Students at RISD can major in apparel design, art education, graphic design, industrial design, illustration, textiles, sculpture, glass or animation

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Rhode Island School of Design says

Founded in 1877, Rhode Island School of Design (or "RIZ-dee" for the acronym RISD) is one of the oldest and best-known colleges of art and design in the U.S. Each year approximately 2,300 students from around the world pursue a creative, studio-based education at RISD, which offers rigorous bachelor's and master's degree programs in 19 architecture, design, fine arts and art education majors. The college is located in Providence, Rhode Island, which offers its own vibrant art scene and is conveniently located between two other major cultural centers: Boston and New York.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 2,005
Gender 34% Male / 66% Female
Geography 30% In State / 70% Out of State / 20% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 16% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 33%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 3%
International 20%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Ethnicity Unknown 17%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 17%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $175.00. Housing deposit due : May 1. Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.. No cars. No pets.

99% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Apartments for Married Students
  • Apartments for Single Students
  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered
  • Theme Housing

Activities

Student Publications: All-Nighter

  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Choral Groups
  • Student-Run Film Society

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: remedial instruction tutoring writing center
  • Computer Services: computer center, dorms, libraries, student center dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections wireless network available computer repair service available on campus student web hosting available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling health services personal counseling placement services for graduates legal services minority students services alcohol/substance abuse counseling chaplain/spiritual director financial aid counseling
  • Facilities: fine art and design museum, extensive photograph and clipping collections, slide collection, recreational farm on narragansett bay, nature laboratory
  • Special Needs Services: partial services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for hearing impaired wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cross-registration visiting/exchange student program independent study internships double major liberal arts/career combination
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Illustration (18%), Industrial and Product Design (17%), Architecture (13%), Graphic Design (10%), Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other (8%), Painting (7%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of architecture and to conduct research in various aspects of the field. Includes instruction in architectural design, history, and theory; building structures and environmental systems; project and site planning; construction; professional responsibilities and standards; and related cultural, social, economic, and environmental issues.

Job Opportunities:

Architectural and Engineering Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval
Plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.
Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in architecture and architectural design, such as architectural environmental design, interior architecture/design, and landscape architecture. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by producing art works out of clay and similar materials. Includes instruction in handbuilt and wheelthrown techniques; molding; slips and glazes; trimming and decorating; firing and kiln operation; oxidation; mixed media; ceramic murals; and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by constructing art works from woven or non-woven fabrics and fibrous materials. Includes instruction in weaving techniques and loom operation; non-woven techniques such as knitting, coiling, netting, and crocheting; quilting; dyeing and pigmentation; printing and other finishing techniques; pattern design; tapestry; and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.

Any instructional program in film/video and photographic arts not listed above.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Any instructional program in fine arts and art studies not listed above.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.

A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. Includes instruction in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, color theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modeling, multimedia applications, communication skills and commercial art business operations.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Art Directors
Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

A program that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to develop and execute interpretations of the concepts of authors and designers to specifications. Includes instruction in book illustration, fashion illustration, map illustration, rendering, exhibit preparation, textual layout, cartooning, and the use of various artistic techniques as requested by clients.

Job Opportunities:

Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Set and Exhibit Designers
Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences via the creation of effective forms, shapes, and packaging for manufactured products. Includes instruction in designing in a wide variety of plastic and digital media, prototype construction, design development and refinement, principles of cost saving, and product structure and performance criteria relevant to aesthetic design parameters.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

A program that prepares individuals to apply architectural principles in the design of structural interiors for living, recreational, and business purposes and to function as professional interior architects. Includes instruction in architecture, structural systems design, heating and cooling systems, occupational and safety standards, interior design, specific end-use applications, and professional responsibilities and standards.

Job Opportunities:

Architectural and Engineering Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in architecture and architectural design, such as architectural environmental design, interior architecture/design, and landscape architecture. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Interior Designers
Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by fashioning art works from gems, other stones, and precious metals. Includes instruction in gemology, metalsmithing and finishing, stone cutting and polishing, metal and non-metal casting and molding, electroforming, metal coloring, enameling, photo etching, lapidary technique and art, design concepts, and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers
Design, fabricate, adjust, repair, or appraise jewelry, gold, silver, other precious metals, or gems. Includes diamond polishers and gem cutters, and persons who perform precision casting and modeling of molds, casting metal in molds, or setting precious and semi-precious stones for jewelry and related products.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by the application of paints and related chemical color substances to canvases or other materials. Includes instruction in color and color mixing, surface preparation, composition, oil and acrylic media, watercolor media, painting techniques, and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

A program that focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the creation of images on photographic film, plates, and digital images and that may prepare individuals to be professional photographic artists. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, light and composition, films and printing media, color and special effects, photographic art, photographic history, use of computer applications to record or enhance images and applications to the photography of various subjects.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by rendering art concepts onto surfaces and transferring images, via ink or dyes, onto paper or fabric. Includes instruction in monochrome and color printing; tonality; chemistry; equipment set-up and maintenance; techniques such as serigraphy, lithography, intaglio, woodcut, block, stencil, relief, etching, and composite; and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by creating three-dimensional art works. Includes instruction in the analysis of form in space; round and relief concepts; sculptural composition; modern and experimental methods; different media such as clay, plaster, wood, stone, and metal; techniques such as carving, molding, welding, casting, and modeling; and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to prepare and execute furniture design projects, assemble and finish furniture articles or subassemblies, repair furniture, and use a variety of hand and power tools.

Job Opportunities:

Furniture Finishers
Shape, finish, and refinish damaged, worn, or used furniture or new high-grade furniture to specified color or finish.
Woodworkers, All Other
All woodworkers not listed separately.

Bachelor's

A general program that focuses on the development of textile products and their distribution and use in terms of the psychological, social, economic, and physical needs of consumers. Includes instruction in the production, distribution, marketing, and end use of various apparel and textile products.

Job Opportunities:

Farm and Home Management Advisors
Advise, instruct, and assist individuals and families engaged in agriculture, agricultural-related processes, or home economics activities. Demonstrate procedures and apply research findings to solve problems; and instruct and train in product development, sales, and the use of machinery and equipment to promote general welfare. Includes county agricultural agents, feed and farm management advisors, home economists, and extension service advisors.

Administration & Faculty

Interim President Rosanne Somerson
President John Maeda
Accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Full-time Faculty 150
Student : Faculty Ratio 9 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 59 : 40
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100
International Faculty 3

AP Test Credit Information

Test Name Minimum Score Equivalent Course (s) Credits
AP Art History 4.0 N/A 3.0
AP Biology 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Calculus AB 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Calculus BC 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Chemistry 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Chinese Language and Culture 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP English Literature and Composition 4.0 ENG, LIT, COMP 3.0
AP Environmental Science 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP European History 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP French Language and Culture 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP German Language and Culture 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Human Geography 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Italian Language and Culture 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Latin 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Macroeconomics 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Microeconomics 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Physics B 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Psychology 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Spanish Language and Culture 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Statistics 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 27.3% accepted of 3,215 applications

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite24 - 32
English23 - 33
Math24 - 31
 
SATMath560 - 710
Reading530 - 670
Writing550 - 690

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Talent Ability, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Academic GPA

Important: Standardized Test Scores, Application Essay

Also Considered: Work Experience, Volunteer Work, Recommendations, Racial Ethnic Status, Geographical Residence, First Generation College Student, Extracurricular Activities, Character Personal Qualities, Alumni Relation

Other Application Information: SAT or ACT

Deadlines

November

1

Early Decision
February

1

Regular Decision

Admissions Websites

Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $34,259 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $32,629
$30K-$48K $31,756
$48K-$75K $37,548
$75K-$110K $37,489
$110K+ $48,303

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $42,622, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $42,622 Same as On-Campus
Fees $310 Same as On-Campus
Housing $12,272 $12,272
Books $2,700 $2,700
Total (before financial aid) $57,904 $57,904

Students Receiving Aid

36% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 36% $5,632
Federal Scholarships/Grants 16% $5,225
Institutional Grants 34% $24,007
Other Federal Grants 14% $1,008
Other Loans 2% $19,164
Pell Grants 16% $4,319
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 3% $882
Student Loans 36% $6,868

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.risd.edu/financial_aid/.

Estimate the net price for you at http://risd.studentaidcalculator.com/survey.aspx.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

72% of students graduated on time.

87% of students graduated in six years.

93% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Salaries

The typical (median) early career salary of Rhode Island School of Design graduates is $39,400, according to Payscale.

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Rankings

LinkedIn

#11 Best Schools for Designers

PayScale

#224 Starting Median Salary Rankings

Social Mobility Index

#511 Social Mobility Index

WalletHub

#144 The Best and Worst College Cities and Towns in America
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