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Academic Programs

  • Where can I find information on the academic programs offered?
    RISD offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in 19 disciplines. For more information, visit risd.edu/Academics.
  • How is RISD accredited?

    RISD is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) and by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

    Please direct any inquiries regarding RISD’s accreditation status to Vice President for Integrated Planning Mara Hermano.

    Individuals may also contact CIHE directly at:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
    New England Association of Schools and Colleges
    209 Burlington Road, Suite 201
    Bedford, MA 01730-1433
781 271-0022
    email: cihe@neasc.org

  • How is transfer credit evaluated? Does RISD have a list of schools with which it has articulation agreements?
    Transfer students entering RISD may transfer credits for liberal arts, mathematics, science and foreign languages courses taken at other accredited colleges and universities for which they earned an acceptable grade. The Division of Liberal Arts determines whether each course is eligible for transfer credit. The School does not have any articulation agreements with other schools. For more information visit the Liberal Arts transfer credits page.
  • How does RISD define a credit hour?

    For undergraduate courses as well as most graduate courses, a semester hour of credit typically represents at least three hours of work each week (60 minute hours), on average, for a 14-15 week semester, or the equivalent amount of instruction during a 5-week Wintersession. In lecture/discussion courses requiring outside preparation, one hour of credit represents one hour of work each week of the term in class, and two hours of work outside class. In studio/laboratory courses, one hour of credit represents three hours of time in the studio/laboratory and home space each week of the term. Three credit studio classes generally meet in-class for five hours per week, and Foundation studio classes meet 7.5 hours per week.

    Courses and credits are approved by Department Heads and Divisional Deans, then by the College Curriculum Committee or Wintersession Curriculum Committee as needed and called for by the rules of the Committee. The Deans, Department Heads, and applicable Curriculum Committee are responsible for ensuring accurate and reliable application of credit hour policies.

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