Information for families

Find all the details you need to make your plans and support your student as they make the move to RISD.

Embracing experimentation

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

Get to know Providence

We're located in downtown Providence, the “Creative Capital” of Rhode Island. Small and urban, easy to work in and get around, it was built on a legacy of artistic experimentation that stretches back centuries.

Beyond the studio

Supported by a range of campus resources and opportunities, you’ll learn new ways of thinking and develop skills that allow you to create imaginative objects, products, experiences and works of art.

“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.