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

Where Computation + Culture Converge

In RISD’s newest academic concentration, students create ambitious work at the intersection of art and digital technology.

Advocating for Substantive Change

Film/Animation/Video faculty member Andrew Freiband 97 FAV presents recent research projects focused on the changing role of the contemporary documentarian.

Subotnick Wins Major Recognition

Film/Animation/Video Critic Steven Subotnick enjoys a wave of accolades, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Grand Prix at this year’s Holland Animation Festival.

Unexpected Insights

At the end of March, hundreds of design students and professionals converged on campus for the Industrial Design Society of America's 2017 northeast regional conference.

Paris Returns Recharged

At a spring sabbatical presentation, Associate Professor Norm Paris 00 IL shared the inspirations that energize his obsessive research.

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