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.