APPLY

+What are the requirements for applying to RISD for a BFA?

All requirements can be found through RISD's Admissions Department, but briefly, you'll need to complete the Common Application and submit the following: An official high school transcript; standardized test results; an artwork portfolio; "The Assignment"; a writing sample; and one to three letters of recommendation (optional).

+What are the requirements for applying to the MDes 2+ year in RISD Interior Architecture?

Students who will have completed an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree program at an accredited college or university by June 2018 are eligible to apply to the MDes (Adaptive Reuse and Exhibition and Narrative Environments) 2+ year graduate program for admission beginning in the 2018/19 academic year. International students completing requirements for a diploma rather than a degree must submit a written statement prepared by an appropriate school official verifying that the status of the diploma is equivalent to a US baccalaureate degree.

+What are the requirements for applying to the MA 1+ year degree in RISD Interior Architecture?

Students who will have completed an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree program in Architecture at an accredited college or university by June 2018 are eligible to apply to the graduate program for admission beginning in the 2018/19 academic year. International students completing requirements for a diploma rather than a degree must submit a written statement prepared by an appropriate school official verifying that the status of the diploma is equivalent to a US baccalaureate degree.


FINANCIAL AID

+What is the cost of tuition for the Academic year?

Please refer to the Student Financial Services page of the main RISD website for current fees associated with tuition and housing.  

+Does RISD offer financial aid?

Yes. Please refer to the Undergraduate Aid and Graduate Aid sections of the Student Financial Services page for more information.  

+What is the difference between an assistantship and a fellowship?

Graduate students at RISD Interior Architecture can receive two forms of financial assistance: Fellowship grants and/or Assistantships.

Fellowship grants are awarded to all graduate applicants (including international students) upon their acceptance to the Graduate Programs.  These awards are applied directly to the student's tuition account.

Assistantships are employment-based awards for a limited number of positions available in the Interior Architecture Department each academic semester. Interested graduate students apply for the positions of their choice at the beginning of each semester.  Generally, assistantships are for teaching, programming and technical aide. Graduate students are engaged in supporting class instructors preparing course materials; assisting on the implementation of departmental initiatives including exhibitions and departmental publications; and in technical assistance for departmental facilities, tools and equipment.

+Can international students work on campus?

International Students receive employment-based awards in the form of assistantships, but must have or obtain a US Social Security number, as payment is considered taxable income. Once in the US, international Grad students may apply for a US Social Security number by providing proper documentation, but must have proof of the promise of employment.  More information on the process can be found on the RISD OISS site.

+What are "Work Study" jobs? Can I get one?

Students work for a variety of reasons, whether to meet the basic costs of a RISD education, or to learn/improve their skills and work habits. The work study program consists of Federal Work Study (FWS) and RISD Work Study (RWS), and is part of a student’s financial aid package. While priority is given to financial aid recipients for campus jobs, RISD also allows non-financial aid students to work in unfilled positions.

Students can also find jobs at RISD by checking listings on the Student Employment website.