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Rhode Island School of Design


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  • 2 College Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • +1 (401) 454-6100
  • risd.edu

Rhode Island School of Design is a private institution that was started in 1877. It has a undergraduate enrollment of 2,009, its environment is urban, and the campus size is 23 acres. It uses a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Its tuition/fees are $54,890.
The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is a private, four-year school situated in Providence. When the institution was created during the Industrial Revolution, it was named as a design school to indicate its importance to economic development in an area where textiles and jewelry manufacturing industries were flourishing. Now, although there are design majors offered, RISD is considered an art school. RISD offers nearly 20 bachelor’s and master’s programs, with fine arts being the most popular major. The school is home to one of the top-ranked master’s programs in fine arts, which can include a range of specializations, such as photography, sculpture, metals/jewelry, graphic design, glassware, and more.

The RISD campus has an extensive art museum with rotating exhibits and a nature lab with animals, plants, and specimens for learners to study and reference in their art. On campus, RISD learners can explore dozens of clubs, including student government, and off campus, they can check out the restaurants and interesting architecture of the state capital. There are no RISD varsity athletic teams on campus, although learners can participate in many recreational sports, including “midnight soccer.” Notable RISD alumni include Seth MacFarlane, who created the animated series Family Guy, in which he also voices the main character Peter.

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