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Painting, M.F.A.

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  • 24 months
    Duration
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Overview

While a shared passion for the history and craft of painting binds the department together, professors are committed to assisting each student in developing his or her own vision, supporting an enormous diversity of formal and conceptual approaches, painting styles and interests. During two years in residence at RISD, graduate students undertake a serious investigation of the broad range of possibilities and realities presented by contemporary painting.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Grad Painting Studio Critique I
  • Graduate Drawing
  • Graduate Printmaking Project I
  • Graduate Seminar

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    93

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • Application form: Submit your RISD application form, and all other credentials, through the RISD Applicant Portal. The application fee is $60.
    • Academic transcripts.
    • Portfolio.
    • Statement of purpose.
    • Writing sample.
    • Letters of recommendation: Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation. 
    • 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). 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    49900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49900 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    49900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49900 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Providence

  • 1030 - 1900 USD/month
    Living Costs

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