Rhode Island School of Design: Where Creativity Meets the Coast

Written by CIT Consultant Tiffany Kolb

Tucked away just a stone’s throw from the bustling cities of Boston and NYC lies the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), a haven for creative souls and aspiring artists. With a rich history dating back to 1877, RISD offers a one-of-a-kind experience for students looking to unleash their artistic potential.

With 2,100 undergraduates and 500 graduate students, RISD may be small in size, but it’s big on creativity. From the moment you step foot on campus, you’ll be immersed in a vibrant community of artists, designers, and innovators. Situated in the heart of Providence, RISD’s urban campus provides the perfect backdrop for artistic inspiration. Explore the city’s eclectic neighborhoods, vibrant arts scene, and hidden gems—all just steps away from campus.

Studio-Based Education

At RISD, creativity knows no bounds. With two-thirds of courses held in studios and one-third in liberal arts, you’ll have the freedom to explore your passion while gaining a well-rounded education. The liberal arts required coursework sets RISD apart from other art institutes. From drawing and spatial dynamics to design fundamentals, RISD’s foundational studio classes will ignite your imagination and hone your skills.

With a diverse range of majors to choose from, including furniture design, apparel design, ceramics, and more, you’ll find your niche at RISD. And with guaranteed admission to your major of choice at the end of your first year, you can dive headfirst into your passion from day one.

Student Opportunities & Community 

RISD has developed programs to lift students up and has many opportunities to develop friendships outside the classroom.  With first-gen support programs, pre-orientation programs, and a tight-knit community of artists, you’ll feel right at home from day one. Plus, with a cycling team and club sports at Brown University, there’s plenty of ways to stay active and engaged outside the studio.

Expand your horizons by taking courses at Brown University, RISD’s neighbor  and partner in creativity. Plus, with the option to pursue a dual degree in just five years—think psychology and video game design—you’ll graduate with two diplomas and endless possibilities.

Who says art school can’t have a beach? At RISD, you’ll enjoy sandy shores and salty breezes just steps from campus. Whether you’re sketching seascapes or soaking up the sun, the beach is your playground for inspiration.

Portfolio Power

Showcase your creativity with a portfolio that highlights your best work, from 3D sculptures to 2D masterpieces. With portfolio reviews and pre-college programs available, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to fine-tune your skills and impress admissions. Make sure to take advantage of these opportunities to have your work reviewed before you submit an application. 

Live, Create, Inspire

Immerse yourself in the creative community; one year of on-campus living is required. From dorm rooms to art studios, RISD’s campus is your canvas for self-expression and exploration.

So why wait? Check out Rhode Island School of Design, where every brushstroke, every sculpture, and every design tells a story. Your creative journey starts here.