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.