Rhode Island School of Design is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE, formerly NEASC-CIHE), the regional accreditation agency for colleges and universities in the six New England states. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education for the institutions it accredits. RISD has been accredited by NEASC since 1949. RISD is a charter member and has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the specialized, professional accrediting agency, since 1948. RISD’s most recent comprehensive review by both NECHE and NASAD was conducted in 2016.

Program Accreditation

  • Architecture The Bachelor’s of Architecture and Master’s of Architecture programs are accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB)
  • Landscape Architecture The Master’s of Landscape Architecture programs are accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
  • Art Education The Master of Arts in Teaching is accredited by the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE)