At RISD the exploration of both studio arts and liberal arts makes for a powerful experience. In fact, RISD stands out among art schools for its emphasis on liberal arts study. Doctorate-level faculty lead diverse classes spanning anthropology, biology, creative writing, literature, history, performance studies, philosophy, religion, sociology and more.
In the classroom
Liberal Arts at RISD provides a strong general education, offers possibilities for focused study and deepens and enriches art and design practice. Through liberal arts study you learn to articulate ideas with independence and confidence, think creatively, critically and analytically, and develop a lifelong curiosity about the world.