All undergraduate students at RISD take first-year studios in Experimental and Foundation Studies, followed by a major course of study in a specific fine arts or design discipline beginning sophomore year. Rigorous courses in Liberal Arts enrich studio learning. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and deep disciplinary knowledge along with strong critical thinking skills and the agility to problem solve and connect the dots across a wide range of fields.
Undergraduate students can build on their degree programs by electing a concentration beyond a studio major. Concentrations at RISD are similar to “minors” at other colleges and universities. Totally optional, they offer context and perspective while enriching learning both in and beyond the studio.