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Founded in 1877, RISD stands out among the world’s preeminent colleges of art and design. We are a community of critical thinkers and makers who share a belief in the value of hands-on learning, experimentation and an ever-evolving approach to studio education reinforced by liberal arts studies.

Exceptional resources for creative practice

From the expansive collections of the RISD Museum and Fleet Library to interdisciplinary labs and student galleries, here you’ll find many ways to inspire, refine and share your best work.

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