Founded in 1877, Rhode Island School of Design (or “RIZ-dee” for the acronym RISD) is one of the oldest and best-known colleges of art and design in the U.S. Each year approximately 2,300 students from around the world pursue a creative, studio-based education at RISD, which offers rigorous bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in 19 architecture, design, fine arts and art education majors.
The college is located on College Hill in Providence, Rhode Island, which offers its own vibrant art scene and is conveniently located between two other major cultural centers: Boston and New York.
The curriculum is studio-based, and the school offers bachelor's and master's degrees in 19 areas of study. Graphic design, illustration, and industrial design are the most popular majors among undergraduates. The school has a high job placement rate -- 96% of alumni have a job one year after graduation, and the majority of those jobs are related to the alums' majors. The RISD campus is home to the RISD Museum with its impressive collection of more than 86,000 works of art. Also notable is the Fleet Library.