Concentrations

Undergraduate students have the option of building on their degree programs to concentrate in one of six additional areas of study beyond a studio major. Concentrations at RISD are similar to “minors” at other colleges and universities. Totally optional, they offer important context and perspective while enriching the overall educational experience both in and beyond the studio. Concentrations may only be pursued concurrently with the degree. The requirements for concentrations must be successfully completed prior to graduation. Upon graduation, successful completion of a concentration is noted on the student’s official transcript.

  • Computation, Technology, and Culture (CTC)
  • Drawing (DRAW)
  • History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences (HPSS)
  • Literary Arts and Studies (LAS)
  • Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies (NCSS)
  • Theory & History of Art & Design (THAD)

Graduate students have the option of building on their degree programs to concentrate in one area of study beyond a studio major. The Theory & History of Art & Design (THAD) offers a graduate level concentration. Concentrations may only be pursued concurrently with the degree. The requirements for concentrations must be successfully completed prior to graduation. Upon graduation, successful completion of a concentration is noted on the student’s official transcript.