Founded in 1877, RISD stands out among the world’s preeminent colleges of art and design. Its community of critical thinkers and makers shares a belief in the value of hands-on learning, experimentation and an ever-evolving approach to an immersive, discipline-based studio education reinforced by studies in the liberal arts.
At the RISD Museum, students have access to more than 85,000 works of art from
around the world, ranging from ancient Chinese sculpture to French Impressionist paintings and contemporary art in every medium.
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With a collection of more than 80,000 live specimens and natural history objects, the Nature Lab serves as a hub for connecting research in art, science and other fields, offering a hands-on way of learning about and from design in nature.
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With a circulating collection of more than 100,000 books, RISD’s library offers a wide range of resources in art, design, architecture and more, along with a Materials Resource Center, a special collection of artist’s books and other specialized sources.
The Writing Center offers peer tutoring and ongoing support for students looking to hone written messages, whether they’re working on academic papers, artist’s statements, cover letters, presentations or other needs.
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