Academics

Fine Arts

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  • Fine Arts majors in all 10 departments in the division learn exceptional critical thinking, making and professional practice skills. While students select a major department as their institutional “home,” the curriculum allows for cross-disciplinary exploration and collaborative work. Fine Arts faculty maintain active professional careers and represent a richly diverse ecosystem of philosophies and practices. As dedicated mentors, they prepare students to challenge conventional ideas, be agile in a fast-moving world and nurture a lifelong passion for creative engagement.

  • Anais Missakian | dean (interim)

    “The value of a RISD education in the fine arts is underscored by the highly motivated and exceptional students who study here, the generosity and dedication of our outstanding faculty of practicing professionals, the rich resources and facilities available on campus and lifelong connections made with fellow students, faculty and alumni to support the creative aspirations of our graduates.”

  • Fine Arts Departments

    Fine arts majors are encouraged to work with their advisors to take advantage of internship and international study opportunities. Recently, students have interned with the Cartoon Network, Disney, Google, Helmut Lang, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and the Museum of Modern Art, among others, and have assisted working artists, photographers and designers in their studios.