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Dual Degree Program

The Brown/RISD Dual Degree Program offers a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary education in which students earn both a Bachelor of Arts (AB) degree from Brown and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree from RISD by pursuing majors at each campus. The purpose of this rigorous course of study is to offer highly capable, talented and self-motivated students enhanced opportunities for integrating diverse spheres of academic work. In the process they gain access to a broader range of faculty and resources than would be available if they pursued a degree at either one or the other campus.

Established in 2007, the Dual Degree Program is the first of its kind in the country to build on the different but complementary strengths of two world-class institutions. RISD provides specialized education in the fine arts, visual media, architecture, design and the liberal arts. Brown offers comprehensive concentrations in the physical and biological sciences, social sciences, mathematics and the humanities.

As an example, students in the first class of Dual Degree candidates are pursuing combined majors in such disciplines as Apparel Design and Environmental Studies, Furniture Design and Mechanical Engineering, Painting and Literary Arts, and Film/Animation/Video and Physics. Prospective students must apply and be accepted to both institutions, and then be approved by a separate Brown/RISD admissions committee.


Dual Degree Website

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Carol Strohecker

Vice Provost, Academic Affairs
401 419-2849

In the Painting studios students and faculty pause to consider works in progress.