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  1. Submit your RISD application form, and all other credentials, through the RISD Applicant Portal. The application fee is $60.

  2. Initially, you must provide unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and/or graduate study indicating satisfactory completion, or evidence of anticipated completion, of an undergraduate degree program from an accredited college or university. You can upload your unofficial transcripts within the RISD Applicant Portal. If your academic credentials are prepared in a language other than English, they must be translated into English by an approved translator before submitting. Enrolling students will later be required to submit official transcripts.

  3. Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of 10–20 examples of visual work. Use SlideRoom to submit your portfolio.

  4. In 750-1500 words, please describe how you hope to engage your values as a critical thinker and maker within the context of your illustration studio practice and as a citizen of the world. Your statement should also reflect your understanding of the Illustration MFA course of study and what you hope to gain by completing the program.

  5. Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation from teachers or other professionals who have firsthand knowledge of your art or academic achievements and can comment on your potential for studying illustration at the graduate level. You may invite your recommenders to upload their letters through your Applicant Portal. If your recommenders are unable to submit using this method, their letters may be emailed to or mailed to:

    Graduate Admissions Office
    Rhode Island School of Design
    Two College Street
    Providence, RI 02903

  6. English language proficiency: All applicants who speak English as a second language, including US citizens, must submit results from any one of these three options: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or Duolingo (an online English test). Since proficiency in English is a prerequisite for acceptance, applicants must attain an acceptable score on their chosen test; RISD requires a minimum result of 93 on the TOEFL or a 6.5 on the IELTS.

    Duolingo is changing its scoring system beginning with tests completed on July 15, 2019 and beyond. If you took this test prior to the change, we require a minimum result of 63. Applicants who completed the Duolingo test on or after July 15, 2019 must achieve a minimum score of 115, which is the equivalent of 63 in their prior scoring system.

    Plan to take the TOEFL or IELTS well in advance of the application deadline since it may take three weeks for your scores to be sent to RISD by the test agency. Duolingo test results may take up to four days to be received by RISD.

    The language test requirement may be waived for applicants who have studied in an institution where English is the language of instruction. You must contact the Admissions Office to explain your school history and determine if you are eligible.

    Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Results from the Graduate Record Examination are not required.

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Anais Missakian

Pevaroff-Cohn Family Endowed Chair in Textiles | Professor of Textiles

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Exhibition on design projects related to nuclear security
Assistant Professor Tom Weis MID 08 speaks at the N Square conference he helped host at RISD

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