Each year approximately 170 full-time and 300 adjunct faculty members help students further their own development as thinkers and makers. As accomplished artists, designers, architects, scholars and educators, they create and continually stimulate RISD’s culture of research and discovery, while showing exceptional dedication to teaching and mentoring students. Beyond the studio and classroom RISD’s faculty are leaders in their respective fields, pursuing a fascinating array of projects and producing an amazing range work.

News

Seeing the Future in Seoul

RISD's semester-long program in Seoul invites students to connect with Korean alumni and explore a country of great geopolitical and cultural significance.

50 Years of Wonder

A look at how the department teaches students to take risks, cross disciplinary divides and write their own stories as professional artists.

Adaptive Reuse in Context

New Assistant Professor Stefano Corbo teaches graduate students to see the practice of interior architecture as a conversation between the past and present.

RISD Team Delivers

Assistant Professor of Architecture Brett Schneider and a team of students temporarily transform Brooklyn’s Navy Yard into an elegant backdrop for the Beaux Arts Ball.

Finding Common Creative Ground

As of this fall RISD students can pursue interdisciplinary concentrations in two new areas: Drawing or Computation, Technology and Culture.

Academic advising

Full-time faculty work with individual students to not only ensure that basic course requirements are met but also to offer broader developmental guidance. With support from Academic Affairs and the Registrar’s Office, academic advisors help individual students select courses that advance their academic goals while ensuring a balance in each semester’s workload. Advisors also talk about opportunities such as courses at Brown, study abroad, internships and potential careers.

Undergraduate students are assigned three different faculty advisors at various stages of their experience at RISD: a first-year advisor from Experimental and Foundation Studies, a faculty advisor from a student’s major department and in the sophomore year, a faculty advisor from the Liberal Arts division. These advisors work cooperatively to facilitate each student’s academic progress at RISD.

Graduate students turn to the Graduate Program Director in their major department for academic advising.

Departments

Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design History of Art + Visual Culture History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles