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Degree Offerings & Concentrations

Rhode Island School of Design offers undergraduate students 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.

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 & History of Art & Design
  • History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences
  • Literary Arts and Studies
Interdisciplinary Concentrations:
  • Computation, Technology, and Culture
  • Drawing
  • Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies

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. Students may not remain at RISD to fulfill a concentration if all of their degree requirements are already satisfied.

RISD offers graduate degrees at the Master Degree level, including the Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Architecture (M.ARCH), Master of Industrial Design (MID) Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA), Master of Design in Interior Studies (MDes) Master of Arts in Interior Architecture (MA), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Master of Arts in Art + Design Education (MA), Master of Arts in Global Arts and Culture (MA) and Master of Arts in Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies (MA), as well as a joint degree with Brown University, Master of Arts in Design Engineering.

The Theory & History of Art & Design Department offers the opportunity to enhance advanced degree studies with a graduate concentration in this area. This concentration is described in the Concentrations section. Additionally, RISD’s Teaching + Learning in Art + Design department offers a certificate in Collegiate Teaching in Art & Design for students interested in developing a reflective teaching practice. More information is available on the department’s page.

Students are governed by college-wide and departmental graduation policies in place and published when they enter RISD. Reinstated students who have been away from RISD for four years or more will be required to satisfy graduation requirements that are in effect at the time of their reinstatement.

General eligibility requirements are located in the Graduation Requirements for Undergraduates and the Graduation Requirements for Graduate Students policies pages.