Undergraduate: BFA

  • How is the program structured? Will I learn techniques and methods?

    The program is hands-on and practical, conveying large amounts of technical information and fostering intense and ongoing skill-building. Students at RISD are exceptionally productive and surrounded by very talented peers, so growth is rapid and profound. At every level, from sophomore through senior year, we focus on concept and intent. Critique, in both individual and group format, is central to our approach. These engaging discussions allow students to customize what they learn, gear it to their own needs, and begin to see their work in context, both historical and contemporary. Students develop skill in speaking and writing about their work as they progress through the curriculum.

  • What kind of job opportunities are available to graduates of the PaintingDepartment?
    The study of fine art is a problem-solving education that serves our students well. Department graduates often head to various cities, set up studios and begin to show their work; as they start out in this process, they may work as studio assistants or for galleries or art movers. Others work in museums or design fields, or proceed to further educational opportunities.
  • Who are the faculty? Are they professionals?
    The Painting Department has a diverse and gifted faculty of exhibiting artists whocreate work from many different angles; there is no single “RISD style.” Students benefit from the experience and insights of these deeply committed, energetic artists and discover their own viewpoints as they process a wealth of input and commentary. Some faculty live in New York City and some in Providence, and they exhibit nationally and internationally. RISD Painting majors are kept abreast of developments in the contemporary art world through regular faculty and the large number of visiting artists and critics each semester.
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Cynthia Meyers, Trophies, oil on canvas