Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

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Rhode Island School of Design (better known as RISD) is a small college in a small state, but it’s one with a huge international reputation. Founded in 1877, RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”) attracts the top art and design students from around the country and the world. Each year approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students share their creative energy as they pursue full-time degree programs in 19 studio majors in the fine arts, architecture and design. Specific Qs about applying to RISD? Check out the RISD Admissions Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/risdadmissions/
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  • May 19, 2017
    You MUST find something to love in this museum... modern, classic, sculpture, Greek, Japanese, a Buddha, a Mummy, furniture, a replica of a colonial home ! They have classes and events regularly.  more »
  • May 5, 2017
    They refrain from going to the House with the family name high prestigious art college. Hard lessons. The building itself is greater than or equal to, but history and tradition boasts a high school with a mouth texture. Feel the heat a good school districts of students.
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  • January 4, 2017
    RI is so fortunate to have such an awesome school for art/jewelry design and anything else related to the creativity in the artistic field. I love their art shows/sales as well as adult ed classes! We...  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    Loved this place. A small but very well made museum with very accurate and detailed explanation. Special appraisal should be given to its textile collection. Don't miss it!
  • January 12, 2017
    RISD is a treasure-trove of talent and shouldn't be missed on your next visit to Providence. The museum is amazing, but the highlights of RISD are the studios which buzz with massive talent!
  • January 31, 2017
    Of course, it's one of the great design and art school;s in the world, but also fun and interesting to visit.
  • November 20, 2016
    The school is amazingly special and i wish to be there someday to improve my skills in graphic dsign.
  • March 31, 2017
    very nice school

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