The Rhode Island School of Design is a fine arts college in the state capital of Providence and one of the first art and design institutions in the United States. RISD confers bachelor’s degrees in 21 fine arts fields of study such as Ceramics, Photography, and Furniture Design. As part of RISD’s emphasis of the liberal arts, all undergraduates are required to take one-third of their classes in the Liberal Arts division along with their BFA. The RISD campus is shared with Brown University and both schools work together to offer joint courses.
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risd is an amazing opportunity and one of the best art schools in the world. if it's really for you, one visit seals the deal: you won't want to go anywhere else and the price of admission will seem trivial in comparison with the amazing opportunity. be prepared to work very hard, but love every minute of it because it doesn't feel like work to you.
van donsel from waltham, ma
This school is an incredibly challenging school, however the ability to grow as an artist and a designer is limitless. The amount of talent and dedication here is something that doesn't exist at other schools and is something that forces a student to perform to their upmost ability. However, the intensity level is sometimes too high and seems like it has the potential to burn students out.
RISD is competitive, everyone is expected to be self-motivated and self-reliant. Asking for help is strongly encouraged and freely given, but you have to self advocate. The school is small but the resources available are without equal.
Clara from Providence, RI
RISD is a diverse community.
RISD is well known for its strong academics.
Students are very talented and enthusiastic about art in general.
risd is a challenging school that will help you to look at art in new and interesting ways. the professors are amazing and always willing to help. the diverse cultural and artistic styles help to stir creativity.
An amazing school with a good perspective on the importance of knowledge of art and design in the world, which they show through interwoven disciplines. This school gives you a great foundation to go off and be successful in whatever you want, if you work hard to get there. I love RISD and although the price is steep, I believe its worth it.
Julia from Horsham, PA
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is on a beautiful campus. Their facilities are endless, and the professors are very accomplished. It's definitely a place I can see myself spending four years in.