The Rhode Island School of Design is a premier fine arts institute of the United States. It is often called “Ivy League” and was established in the year 1877. The Centennial Women consisted of a group of people who started raising funds for Rhode Island’s exhibit at the Centennial Exposition in the year 1876. Helen Adelia Rowe Metcalf convinced this group to donate the money they had collected for the Rhode Island School of Design and in this way the school was established. The Rhode Island School of Design shares a common campus area with Brown University campus. Both the Universities share the same social, community and academic courses. They even offer joint courses and the students are allowed to cross-register in any of the courses offered by the Universities. The Rhode Island School of Design is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.
The Rhode Island School of Design offers graduate and undergraduate degrees. Apart from these the School also offers credit-bearing courses in summer and a six week Pre-College program especially for high school students. Under the undergraduate program courses include architecture, apparel design, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, furniture design, glass, ceramics, illustration, industrial design, film and animation and video, jewelry making and interior architecture. The graduate degree spans for two years and students have to attend various interdisciplinary seminars. The courses include digital media, architecture, furniture design, printmaking, photography, ceramics, glass, sculpture, textiles, painting, landscape architecture, industrial design and interior architecture. The Master degree is granted in Art & Design Education.
The mission of the Rhode Island School of Design is to provide the highest quality instruction in visual arts, architecture, design and art education. It prepares its students to be creative and responsive to the needs of a global community.
The Rhode Island School of Design has a natural lab, stores and catering services. The Rhode Island School of Design Museum has more than 80,000 works of art, including those of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture, Chinese stone and terracotta sculpture, ceramics, glass and furniture. The Museum’s collection is displayed in 45 galleries on three floors.