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RISD Catalog
2023 - 2024
Rhode Island School of Design is a private, nonprofit college founded in Providence, RI in 1877. It is one of the first art and design schools in the United States.

About 2,500 students from around the world engage in liberal arts studies and rigorous, studio-based learning at RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”), where they earn bachelor’s or master’s degrees in 22 majors. 

The course catalog provides important information about Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) which is accessible to students, staff and faculty, as well as the general public.

The requirements in this catalog apply to students entering the institution in the 2023-2024 academic year. 

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The course catalog contains institutional policies, specifics requirements to complete academic programs and contains a list of all active courses regardless of whether they are being offered for registration. The catalog is not intended to constitute an agreement, contract, or offer to enter into a contract between any student and Rhode Island School of Design. The course offerings, requirements and policies of Rhode Island School of Design are under continual examination and revision. The content of this catalog presents the offerings, requirements and policies in effect at the time of publication and in no way guarantees that the offerings, requirements and policies will not change. RISD specifically (but without limitation) reserves the right at any time without notice, to delete, adjust, reschedule, or replace any course(s) published herein due to insufficient enrollment, faculty changes, budgetary restrictions, or unforeseen circumstances and to change requirements for any major during any particular year. 

Rhode Island School of Design does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law in admission to, participation in, or administration of its educational programs and activities; in employment; or in its other programs and activities.