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Business Insider Ranks Rhode Island School of Design #1 in Survey of The World’s 25 Best Design Schools

11/28/2012

 

Survey looked at the most valuable design programs for  fueling “the golden age of design in startups”

 

PROVIDENCE, RI –  Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has been ranked #1 in Business Insider’s survey of The World’s 25 Best Design Schools.

According to their site, Business Insider’s rating is based on a simple and pragmatic survey that asked product designers, art directors and others how valuable each design school’s program really is. 85.1% of respondents agreed that RISD’s programs are top notch as we enter “the golden age of design in startups,” where highly skilled creatives specializing in product design and UI are critical.

Among the design-driven companies Business Insider cites as “leading the charge” in this new era is Airbnb – founded and run by alumni Brian Chesky (RISD 2004 ID) and Joe Gebbia (RISD 2005 ID/GD), who recently became a RISD trustee. Other leading companies noted for their commitment to design were Apple, Pinterest and Square.

“Acknowledgement of RISD’s emphasis on ‘artrepreneurship’ from the technology and business world is great news for all of us who love this iconic institution,” notes RISD Board Chair Michael Spalter.

“Art and design will drive innovation in the 21st century like science and technology did in the last century,” notes RISD President John Maeda. “This Business Insider ranking is a testament to RISD’s work to prepare students for success in a wide array of fields, and recognition that now, more than ever, design-focused organizations are disrupting industries and sparking innovation.”

As President Maedaoften talks about, America is investing in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education to ensure a prosperous future – but a growing movement led by RISD is arguing that we need the “A” for Art to turn STEM to STEAM to keep our country competitive. More information about this movement can be found at stemtosteam.org.

Business Insider technology and startup reporter Megan Rose Dickey explained the rationale for the survey in her article: “What companies [like Apple, Path, and Airbnb] have in common is that design is at the core of their businesses. But which school is best suited to get you the design job you want?”

Link here for the complete article with the full slideshow of rankings.

About RISD

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has earned an international reputation as the leading college of art and design in the United States. Approximately 2,400 students from around the world study at RISD, pursuing full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in a choice of 19 studio majors. RISD is known for its phenomenal faculty of artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities and its hands-on, studio-based approach to learning – one in which critical thinking informs making works by hand. Required courses in the liberal arts provide an essential complement to studio work, enabling graduates to become critical and informed individuals eager to engage with the world. Through the accomplishments of its 26,000 alumni, the college champions the vital role artists and designers play in satisfying the global demand for innovation. Founded in 1877, RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”) and the RISD Museum of Art help make Providence, RI among the most culturally active and creative cities in the region. For more information, visit www.risd.edu, our.risd.edu and stemtosteam.org.

About Business Insider

Business Insider is a fast-growing business site with deep financial, media, tech, and other industry verticals. The flagship vertical, Silicon Alley Insider, launched in 2007, led by DoubleClick founders Dwight Merriman and Kevin Ryan and former top-ranked Wall Street analyst Henry Blodget. One year after launch, many more verticals joined Silicon Alley Insider, from Clusterstock to Money Game, The Wire, and more. The verticals have been relaunched under one brand to focus on building the leading online business news site for the digital age. Business Insider is dedicated to aggregating, reporting, and analyzing the top news stories across the web and delivering them to you at rapid-fire pace. http://www.businessinsider.com/about

 

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At RISD there's nothing unusual about suddenly finding a doorknob on a tree trunk, shown here across from Carr House,
the charming home of Student Life offices and the student-run Carr Haus Café.