Embracing experimentation

Discover how Experimental and Foundation Studies pushes first-year students to think in new ways and reach for surprising outcomes.

"Students here are phenomenal: hardworking, on point, willing, smart and engaged in active dialogue. That's a community I want to be a part of."

Keetra Dixon, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

A creative community

The studio isn’t only a place for making art, it’s also where you'll make friends and lasting connections. Working with fellow students and faculty members invested in your progress, you’ll become part of a supportive community.

New ways of seeing

Experience the unique, immersive world of the Drawing Marathon, an interdisciplinary studio course taught during Wintersession.

The studio and beyond

You’ll learn new ways of thinking and develop skills that allow you to create imaginative objects, products, experiences and works of art. Supported by a range of campus resources, you’ll begin a unique journey to better understand the world around you.

“I am continually inspired by the long reach of RISD creativity, and the emerging multiplicity of voices pushing boundaries aside.”

Rosanne Somerson BFA 76 Industrial Design, RISD's President

Alumni at work

As independent thinkers and creative leaders, RISD alumni meet the complex needs of the 21st century by combining talent and vision with a knack for the unexpected.

We're breaking new ground

Keep up with the progress being made on RISD's current major building project: a new first-year residence hall designed by the firm of award-winning alumnus Nader Tehrani.