A RISD Education

Every day the world signals with ever more clarity what it means to be a global citizen at a time that holds more change, uncertainty and opportunity than any other period in history. Today the ability to think and act creatively is its own economy – one that the world is depending on for the human spirit to carry us forward.

Since its founding in 1877, RISD has been one of the most preeminent colleges of art and design in the world. It has a long and venerable history, and has a deep and abiding belief in the value of a discipline-based, immersive art and design education with a strong liberal arts component.

RISD’s diverse programs in Architecture + Design, Fine Arts, Foundation Studies, Graduate Studies and Liberal Arts are rigorous, probing and supportive of learning and community-building across a broad spectrum of curricular and co-curricular options. Teaching and learning happen in a multitude of ways and students are encouraged to question their approach to understanding through making, while also developing the necessary skills to hone their own critical, personal and attuned perspectives. Experts in their respective fields, RISD faculty are also extraordinarily dedicated teachers. Students and faculty come together as a vibrant community that seeks to understand and celebrate difference and creativity.

Museum of Art

Housing more than 86,000 works of fine and decorative art ranging from ancient times to the present, the RISD Museum is an invaluable resource for exploration and learning.

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Nature Lab

This collection of more than 80,000 natural history objects and live specimens is a unique way to learn about art and design in nature.

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Fleet Library at RISD

With more than 150,000 volumes, RISD's library has a rich collection in art, design, architecture + photography.

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These FAV students are using shadow puppets to create an evocative film.