As neighbors on College Hill, RISD and Brown have long enjoyed a mutually beneficial and highly collaborative relationship, with students at each institution cross-registering for classes at no extra cost. Many RISD students take advantage of intensive foreign language classes at Brown, along with a wide range of offerings in math, science and the humanities. Conversely, many Brown students welcome opportunities to do in-depth studio work and engage with the creative expertise available at RISD.
In addition to taking courses at Brown, RISD students are also given ready access to Brown’s extensive research libraries and comprehensive athletic facilities, which include courts, gyms, tracks, a pool and an ice skating rink. Many other activities that take place at Brown – from lectures and symposia to concerts, exhibitions and theatrical productions – are generally open to the RISD community. In other words, with a RISD or Brown ID students on both campuses have access to a far wider range of options than is available on their own campus alone.
The Brown/RISD Dual Degree Program (BRDD) offers a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary education in which students earn both a Bachelor of Arts (AB) degree from Brown and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree from RISD by pursuing majors at each campus. The purpose of this rigorous course of study is to offer highly capable, talented and self-motivated students enhanced opportunities for integrating diverse spheres of academic work. In the process they gain access to a broader range of faculty and resources than would be available if they pursued a degree at either one or the other campus.
Established in 2007, the BRDD is the first of its kind in the country to build on the different but complementary strengths of two world-class institutions. RISD provides specialized education in the ﬁne arts, visual media, architecture, design and the liberal arts. Brown offers comprehensive concentrations in the physical and biological sciences, social sciences, mathematics and the humanities.
BRDD candidates have combined majors in such disciplines as Apparel Design and Environmental Studies, Furniture Design and Mechanical Engineering, Painting and Literary Arts, and Film/Animation/Video and Physics, among many other combinations. Prospective students must apply and be accepted to both institutions, and then be approved for admission to the BRDD.
Apparel DesignArchitectureCeramicsDigital + MediaFilm/Animation/VideoFoundation StudiesFurniture DesignGlassGraphic DesignHistory of Art + Visual CultureHistory, Philosophy + the Social SciencesIllustrationIndustrial DesignInterior ArchitectureJewelry + MetalsmithingLandscape ArchitectureLiterary Arts + StudiesPaintingPhotographyPrintmakingSculptureTeaching + Learning in Art + DesignTextiles