Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is one of the oldest and best-known colleges of art and design in the U.S and is internationally recognized as a leader in creative education for aspiring artists, designers and architects. Each year, 2,500 students from around the world engage in an innovative, studio-based education, which offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in architecture, design, fine arts, liberal arts, and art education disciplines. RISD is located in Providence, Rhode Island, which offers a creative and diverse urban community and is conveniently located close to other major cultural centers, Boston and New York.

Academic Programs

  • Art & Design
  • Design
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Study Abroad

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Our programs in art, design, and architecture emphasize process work, in-­depth studio time, and critical thinking across disciplines. Apply for Early Decision (binding) by November 1st, and Regular Decision by January 16th. Students who have not earned college credit yet or wish to begin their experience at RISD as a first-year should apply using these deadlines. See our website for complete application requirements: https://www.risd.edu/admissions/first-year/

Visit us

We welcome visitors on campus all year. Information programs provide an excellent introduction to life and learning opportunities at RISD, along with a detailed explanation of the application process. Each program includes a presentation by an admissions counselor and follow with a tour across campus. Guided by a current student, you'll have a chance to see studios, unique facilities like our Nature Lab and library, galleries and some of our housing and dining options. Reserve a visit ahead of time on our website: https://bit.ly/2WqXSCE.

"Students here are phenomenal: hardworking, on point, willing, smart, and engaged in active dialogue. That's a community I want to be a part of."

Keetra Dixon, Assistant Professor, Graphic Design
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Admissions office

Visit us


20 Washington Place
Providence, RI 02903, United States of America

Phone number

(401) 454-6300


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