Like in most institutions the end of the semester comes not without loads of coffee, little sleep and sweaty palms, and RISD is no different. Although, in art school, you will rarely see us glued to a chair filling in little bubbles with a No. 2 pencil, instead we are deeply engaged in discussion with one another. We call this critique or ‘crits’ for short. Just one critique can serve as a catalyst of motivation for years to come. Graduate and undergraduate crits are not so different looking. For most programs, students are required to speak briefly about their work and their recent endeavors and receive feedback from their classmates and visiting critics.
For our first year students, finishing the fall semester at RISD is a huge milestone and accomplishment. Over the course of the semester, freshmen were sharing observations about artwork, and offering suggestions and encouragement in the unique environment of a studio critique. This may have been the first experience for many of constantly giving and receiving feedback on artwork.
Through these experiences, freshmen gain strong speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills. RISD freshman were also evaluating their own accomplishments and carefully considering what degree major to chose that would best support the development of their abilities and artwork.
In comparison, critiques are a little more focused on particular area of interest for students who have chosen a degree major. Typically these critiques will involve the opinion of a guest critic from outside the school. This will allow students to gain a perspective on their work outside the confines of RISD.
Many of our advanced studio courses are mixed with undergrad and graduate students. This provides the undergrads some exposure to more mature and developed work by the grad students. Which will undoubtedly challenge and motivate the undergraduate students process of making and thinking.
RISD faculty members support their students wholly with whatever it is they are investigating and making, which allows students to take their work in any direction. Graduate students take advantage of this support through intense discussion about their work, they are inquisitive and therefor set the tone of their critique.
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