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.

  • Sheri Wills | dean

    “RISD fine arts students are deeply connected to the historic traditions of their chosen disciplines, while engaged in a continual process of inquiry and exploration. Together, faculty and students confront the relationship of maker to materials, the meaning of the object, and the expanding role of artists inside and outside of the art world. By pouring personal and social significance into objects, fine arts students and alumni are making work that compels us to change, pushing culture forward.”

  • 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.