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Undergraduate Degree Offerings and Concentrations

For undergraduates, Rhode Island School of Design offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA), which is usually completed in four years of study and the professional Bachelor of Architecture (B.ARCH), usually completed in five years of study which requires thirty credits and an additional year of full time study beyond the BFA. Students pursue the BFA and the professional baccalaureate simultaneously and receive both degrees at the end of the fifth year.

In addition to pursuing a major, students may also choose a concentration (like a minor) in History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC); History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences (HPSS);  Literary Arts and Studies (LAS) or Nature, Culture, Sustainability Studies (NCSS).

Learn more about each of these concentrations:

The requirements for any of these concentrations must be successfully completed prior to graduation. In other words, a student may not earn a degree and then return to complete the concentration. Upon graduation, successful completion of a concentration is noted on the student’s official transcript.





Providence's riverfront park offers a great setting for drawing and sketching, just across from RISD's Mandle Center for
Living and Learning.