Topline & supporting
RISD’s immersive model of education emphasizes conceptually driven studio-based learning and robust study in the liberal arts. This approach is proving to be more vital and relevant than ever because it helps students develop the confidence and cross-disciplinary thinking and problem-solving skills needed to fully confront the complexities of global life in the 21st century.
What a RISD education offers
Grounded in studio practice and centered on critical making, RISD’s rigorous education provides students with an immersive experience in learning through making original work using a wide range of materials and processes.
Value for students
A RISD education transforms the way students see and think about the world around them and their place in it. It teaches them to find great satisfaction in their own abilities as makers and address complex problems in unique ways. In opening students’ eyes to new possibilities and unexpected connections, RISD encourages them to exceed their own expectations and explore multiple pathways to meaningful work—in art and design, and/or in fields not typically associated with creative output.
At RISD students feel accepted for who they are—often for the first time in their lives, which proves to be personally empowering and impacts their future success. In becoming part of a supportive global community, they learn to listen to others and uphold RISD’s core values of equity, inclusion, social responsibility and mutual respect—both on campus and in their interactions in the larger world.
Local and global impact
Adept at the agile thinking artistic making demands, RISD graduates are curious, tenacious and willing to try just about anything, knowing that they learn by doing. This way of thinking informs everything they do and often inspires alumni to apply their talents to larger social issues—from homelessness to healthcare, global warming to sustainability and more.
The broader value of art and design
Educating the public about the value of art and design to society has been a core part of RISD’s mission since it was founded in 1877 as both a college and museum. This notion is brought to life by articulating the joy and satisfaction students, faculty and alumni find in the work they do and the impact of their ideas on contemporary culture, and also through robust programming at the RISD Museum.