The Department of History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC) offers courses spanning a wide range of media, time periods and critical perspectives, covering topics as diverse as museum culture, landscape in American film, African women artists, histories of design, and architecture and urbanism in Berlin. Courses run the gamut from the artistic traditions of the world, to critical theory and visual culture, art historiography, aesthetics, object conservation, and the histories of various media. 


Department Head

Susan Ward

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RISD Museum of Art

Housing a collection of 84,000 objects of international significance

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Writing Center

Skilled student tutors provide free one-to-one peer tutoring in writing.

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Readings and performances often take place in the Fleet Library at RISD, which offers a seating platform for audiences
that doubles as a staircase to the next level.