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Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

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Description of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

  • Established: 1877
  • Location: Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  • Students age: from 13 years.
  • Number of students: 2500 people
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Type of study: private art and design school.

The Rhode Island School of Design, one of the first independent colleges of art and design in the United States, was opened on March 22, 1877 as a school and museum. In the 1930s, RISD began offering full undergraduate programs, earning an excellent reputation in the field of forward-looking studio education. RISD was founded and nurtured by a small group of women over 40 years before women in America even got the vote! That same year, Helen Adelia Rowe Metcalfe called for the $ 1,675 left over from the Rhode Island Women's Group centenary celebration to be invested in the creation of a school of art and design.

Advanced program for high school students

The RISD Advanced High School Program is a series of intensive, university-level courses for students in grades 10-12 (or similar) aged 15-18. This immersive online experience is for those with an interest in art and design in college looking to explore best practices in portfolio building.

Summer credit courses

Whether you are a student looking for credit, an adult looking for creative development, or a creative professional looking to make a career change, you can advance your creative practice at Rhode Island School of Design in the summer. All courses offer 3 credits and last 6 weeks.

Adult programs

RISD CE offers creative courses in a variety of fine arts and design fields, from lectures, personal enrichment and professional development workshops to specialized certification programs and summer credit courses.

Courses for children and teenagers (13-17 years old)

Children and teens attend RISD CE classes to grow creatively as their artistic ability develops. Lead by eminent artists, designers, educators, courses focus on the artistic process with an emphasis on design, communication and creation. Year-round classes cover topics in 2D, 3D, digital art, design.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

Program name
All year round
from 53820.00 $ / year
from 53820.00 $ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 53820.00 $ / year
from 53820.00 $ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
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There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

Freshmen are accommodated in Essential RISD buildings at Quad, Hill Houses. From one to four students live in the rooms, the rooms are located on the floor with common spaces (study, work rooms, kitchenettes, public lounges, shared bathrooms). First year students enroll in the Foundation Meal Plan, while continuing students can choose the Residential plan.

Common rooms:

  • No air conditioning (Hill Houses
  • Air-conditioned (East Hall, Nickerson Hall, North Hall and South Hall).

Single rooms:

  • No air conditioning (Hill Houses)
  • Air-conditioned (East Hall, Nickerson Hall, North Hall and South Hall).

Living at Alcove Suites at 15 West offers to students a higher level of privacy and independence than Essential RISD accommodations. Each room has a kitchenette, bathroom. Amenities include air conditioning, communal areas, laundry facilities, work rooms, and easy access to the Fleet Library and Portfolio Café. All students staying at Suite Experience Housing can choose the Foundation or Residential Dining plan.

All options available at 15 West, Charles Landing, Colonial Apartments and Dwight House include bathrooms, common areas, fully equipped kitchens.

Meals: using the freshest ingredients and craftsmanship and creativity, RISD Dining + Catering professionals prepare delicious and nutritious meals. The cooks are very careful in preparing organic dishes from local produce, trying to match the preferences of the students.

Activities Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

The Rhode Island School of Design holds annual events:

  • Orientation - High school students help design and launch an exciting series of programs to help new students to get involved in RISD life.
  • RISD Weekend is an annual alumni meeting held in October. At this time, demonstrations, seminars, open studios, receptions, exhibitions of works by alumni and students in the open air are held.
  • The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial MLK Series is dedicated to national defenders of justice and equality to reinforce commitment to service, community participation.
  • The "Ball of Artists" is held every autumn on the eve of Halloween - students dress up, a bright party is accompanied by loud music and dancing.
  • Open Studios - in the end of each semester, students from all 16 major departments, 18 graduate programs invite people to show how their work is progressing.
  • The thesis exhibition is an open exhibition of the master's graduate works, the culmination of the RISD master's experience.
  • Commencement is a fun, relatively informal, colourful ceremony that offers a decent festive fireworks display for the latest in art and design.


  • The mission of the Rhode Island School of Design is to educate students, to engage members of the local community in art pursuits, to create, evaluate designs, to discover and transfer knowledge, and to make a lasting contribution to global society through the development of critical thinking, education, innovation in the RISD college and museum.
  • Rhode Island School of Design promotes experimental, contextual, diverse creative practice and maintains a rigorous scientific approach.
  • Rhode Island School of Design applies emerging technologies, organizes creative environments in classrooms, studios and campuses, promotes principles of social justice and inclusion, environmental and climate resilience, and equal access to resources and opportunities.

Facilities and equipment at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

Founded in 1877 as part of a vibrant creative community, the RISD Museum houses works of art representing a variety of cultures from ancient times to the present day. The College interacts with artists, presenting ideas and perspectives, and strives to create an accessible, inclusive environment that fosters constructive relationships between all communities.

Admission dates and extra charges

  • Activity participation fee
  • Academic and technological fee
  • Books and supplies.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

  • For undergraduate: certificate, TOEFL iBT 93 / IELTS 6.5, SAT
  • For master's degree: bachelor's degree, TOEFL iBT 93 / IELTS 6.5.

Scholarships Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

Scholarships for International Students:

  • Society of Presidential Fellows program
  • Building Tall Presidential Fellowship
  • Fast Retailing (FR) Foundation Fashion Scholarship
  • RISD Fellowships
  • RISD assistantship.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.

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