RISD. Rhode Island School of Design // An introduction

RISD's ongoing mission

The mission of Rhode Island School of Design, through its college and museum, is to educate its students and the public in the creation and appreciation of works of art and design, to discover and transmit knowledge and to make lasting contributions to a global society through critical thinking, scholarship and innovation.

RISD education is grounded in deep, disciplinary learning that cultivates critical thinking and making, creativity and innovation. Students embrace a culture of research and discovery that is encouraged through the use of traditional and emerging technologies.

While at Rhode Island School of Design, students develop a way of thinking that will prepare them for whatever they choose to do, whether it’s working as a professional artist or designer on their own or within an organization. Through a curriculum that combines a liberal arts and studio education, students learn to research and solve problems in a larger social and cultural context.

A history of creative experimenation

From its incorporation in 1877, Rhode Island School of Design has stood out as a leader in art and design education, attracting extraordinary people who thrive in its creative culture. Founded simultaneously with the RISD Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design is one of the first colleges of its kind in the U.S.

Approximately 2,014 undergraduate students and 435 graduate students from around the world are enrolled in full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree programs.

RISD has consistently upheld its mission to educate the public about the vital role of art and design in society. Today, the RISD community remains committed to the belief that the arts and design, in concert with fields like science and technology, will bring about the global innovation needed in the 21st century.