Undergraduate Degree Offerings and Concentrations
For undergraduates, Rhode Island School of Design offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree, which is usually completed in four years of study. Also offered is a professional Bachelor of Architecture (B.ARCH) degree, usually completed in five years of study, which requires an additional year of full time study beyond the BFA (an additional 30 credits). Students pursue the BFA and the B.ARCH simultaneously and receive both degrees at the end of the fifth year upon graduation.
In addition to pursuing a major, students may also choose a concentration (like a minor). Concentrations may only be pursued concurrently with the degree.
Liberal Arts Concentrations:
- Theory and History of Art and Design (THAD)
- History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences (HPSS)
- Literary Arts and Studies (LAS)
- Nature, Culture, Sustainability Studies (NCSS)
The requirements for concentrations must be successfully completed prior to graduation. In other words, a student may not earn a degree and then return to complete the concentration. Upon graduation, successful completion of a concentration is noted on the student’s official transcript.