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Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Rhode Island School of Design is a private, nonprofit college founded in Providence, RI in 1877—making it one of the first art and design schools in the US. 

About

History

RISD was founded and nurtured by a small group of women more than 40 years before women in America even gained the right to vote. That year Helen Adelia Rowe Metcalf urged 34 members of the Rhode Island Women’s Centennial Commission to invest their group’s surplus funding of $1,675 in founding a school of art and design.

Education

Undergraduate Study

  • First-Year Program
  • Liberal Arts Departments
  • Degree Programs
  • Concentrations

Graduate Study

  • Degree Programs
  • Certificates + Concentrations

Career

The Career Center offers comprehensive support for students and alumni through an extensive array of resources and programming. With our unparalleled Portfolio Review events, exclusive ArtWorks job board, in-depth career advisement and numerous career programs, we educate, advise and empower your students to effectively translate their education and creativity into fulfilling professional experiences. 

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GSSA 2019

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Services

Student services

Queer Student Association strives to help queer-identifying students cope with life at RISD by providing a supportive structure paired with safe spaces for conversation. QSA also provides a great deal of cultural and educational programs geared towards the community at large as well as the queer community to weld the two with a unified code of respect, safety, and understanding.

Housing services

Charles Landing 

  • One Bedroom Private Apartment
  • One Bedroom Shared Apartment
  • Two Bedroom Apartment
  • Town House
  • Studio Apartment

First Year Housing

Hill Houses

  • Single Room
  • Shared Room (Double or Triple)

Benefit Street Apartments

  • Apartment (2 or 3 bedroom)
  • Colonial Studio Apartment
  • Dwight Studio Apartment
15 West
  • Alcove Suite Single
  • Alcove Suite Shared (Double or Triple)
  • Apartments (3 or 4 bedrooms) 
  • Group Loft
  • Shared Triple Loft 
  • Shared Double Loft
  • Studio Loft
  • Two Bedroom Loft

Library services

With more than 150,000 circulating books, RISD’s library offers a wide range of specialized resources in art, design, architecture and more in a beautifully redesigned historic grand banking hall.

Medical services

RISD’s Health Center is your first line of defense for confidential, quality health care, whether you’ve got a minor bug or injury or are concerned with a more serious health care problem.

We’re your on-campus urgi-care center. 

  • Basic Health Care
  • Gynecologic Care
  • Wellness Care
  • Medical Referrals
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing

Student Life

Campus life

Given its relatively small footprint, Providence is comfortable and easy to navigate, with seven colleges and universities making it very student-focused. A vibrant community of artists and designers—including many alumni who choose to stay in the area—adds to the flavor, as do the city’s eclectic neighborhoods, which offer a variety of lifestyles, restaurants and entertainment options. Students often take advantage of day trips to Boston, New York or beautiful beaches as appealing options for inspiration and refreshment.

Sports facilities

  • Catanzaro Student Fitness Center for dance, pilates, spinning, tai-chi and yoga
  • Brown athletic complex, where you'll have access to a swimming pool, ice skating rink, indoor and outdoor tracks, and courts for tennis, squash, racquetball and basketball

Student clubs

  • American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Anime Manga Illustration Club
  • Behind the Scene
  • Better World By Design
  • Black Artists and Designers
  • Brown-RISD Game Developers
  • Brown-RISD Hong Kong Student Association
  • Concept Art Club
  • Design For America
  • Queer Student Association

Accreditation

RISD is accredited by two organizations: New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE, formerly NEASC) and National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Several programs have specialized accreditation: Architecture (National Architecture Accrediting Board), Landscape Architecture (Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board) and the Master of Art in Teaching (RI Department of Education).

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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