RISD Undergrad Majors & Portfolio Requirements

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RISD BFA DEGREES

Portfolio Requirements & Home Test

Your portfolio should show a selection of 12–20 examples of your best recent artwork. We suggest that the work reflect the full range of your ideas, interests, experience and abilities in the arts to date. Work presented can be in any medium (including film or video), in finished or sketch form, and the result of an assigned project or a self-directed exploration. We strongly recommend that you include a few pages from your journal or sketchbook to indicate your process of research, thinking and investigation.

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The Home Test

Choose one of the following three prompt options and create two responses using any medium you prefer (no restrictions).

We consider this assignment to be as much about process as presentation and encourage you to consider your submissions as exercises in experimental thinking and risk-taking more than as final presentations or examples of technical proficiency. No particular outcome is valued more than another, so feel free to explore the full range of possible expression in these works.

Each of these prompts has more than one meaning or usage and you might want to begin by referring to dictionary sources to expand your initial reaction about a direction.

  • plastic
  • collect
  • threshold

Please upload your responses in the specific section of SlideRoom dedicated to these works. (Do not include them in the Portfolio area of SlideRoom.)

If the file size of either of your responses exceeds 10 MB, please embed a link to direct us to another viewing platform such as a personal website, Vimeo, etc.

In the SlideRoom submission section for your two works, we also ask you to reflect on the two responses that you are sharing and provide a brief response to this question: What are the other directions or ideas you would explore as a next step?

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Apply to RISD

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First-year (Freshman) Applicants

DEADLINES

Early Decision deadline: November 1

Regular deadline: February 1

 

TRANSFER APPLICANTS

Fall: March 15

Spring: November 1 

 

» Begin your RISD application

ITEMS YOU’LL NEED TO SEND

You’ll begin and manage your RISD application process using The Common Application. There is a non-refundable application fee of $60 to use this service and eligible students may apply for a fee waiver.

If for some reason you’re not able to use the Common App, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@risd.edu or 800 364 7473.

Academic Transcripts  Applicants must provide official transcripts of all secondary academic work through the most recent grading period. If you are attending school in another country, your academic credentials must be translated into English by an approved translator. Your counselor may submit your transcript through the Common App, Parchment, email or mail.

Tests  
SAT or ACT | All applicants are required to submit the results of the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT (American College Testing program). Subject tests are not required. RISD’s CEEB code number for the SATs is 003726; for ACT the code number is 003812.

TOEFL or IELTS | All applicants who speak English as a second language, including US citizens, must submit results from either TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Since proficiency in English is a prerequisite for acceptance, applicants must attain an acceptable score on either test; RISD requires a minimum result of 93 on the TOEFL or 6.5 on IELTS. Plan to take the TOEFL or IELTS well in advance of the application deadline since it may take six weeks for your scores to be sent to RISD.

Portfolio  Your portfolio should show a selection of 12–20 examples of your best recent artwork. We suggest that the work reflect the full range of your ideas, interests, experience and abilities in the arts to date. Work presented can be in any medium (including film or video), in finished or sketch form, and the result of an assigned project or a self-directed exploration. We strongly recommend that you include a few pages from your journal or sketchbook to indicate your process of research, thinking and investigation.

Please don’t submit a multi-page PDF with individual and unrelated works on each page since this is likely to exceed the limit of 20 examples we’ve requested. The only exception to this is a portfolio piece like a graphic novel where multiple pages are part of a single, cohesive work.

Portfolios must be submitted through SlideRoom, an online portfolio service (which requires an additional $10 fee).

The Assignment  Choose one of the following three prompt options and create two responses using any medium you prefer (no restrictions).

We consider this assignment to be as much about process as presentation and encourage you to consider your submissions as exercises in experimental thinking and risk-taking more than as final presentations or examples of technical proficiency. No particular outcome is valued more than another, so feel free to explore the full range of possible expression in these works.

• deconstruct | ˌdēkənˈstrəkt | verb [with obj.] | reduce (something) to its constituent parts in order to reinterpret it

  1. Select something.
  2. Deconstruct it.
  3. Make a work in response to the process or result of the deconstruction.
  4. Create a title for the work.

• light | līt | noun | the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible
verb [with obj.] | provide with light or lighting; illuminate

  1. Create a work using light or the illusion of light.
  2. Create a title for the work.

• contain | kənˈtān | verb [with obj.] | have or hold (someone or something) within | container | kənˈtānər | noun | an object that can be used to hold or transport something

  1. Identify what you want to contain.
  2. Create a container for it.
  3. Create a title for the work.

Please upload your responses in the specific section of SlideRoom dedicated to these works. (Do not include them in the Portfolio area of SlideRoom.)

If the file size of either of your responses exceeds 10 MB, please embed a link to direct us to another viewing platform such as a personal website, Vimeo, etc.

In the SlideRoom submission section for your two works, we also ask you to reflect on the two responses that you are sharing and provide a brief response to this question: What are the other directions or ideas you would explore as a next step?

Writing Sample  Submit one example of your writing, up to 650 words. Remember, this is the limit, not a goal. Use the full limit if you need it, but don’t feel obligated to do so.

The writing prompts are listed below, but you will also find these prompts in the Personal Essay section of the Common Application.

Select one of the following options:

  • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.  What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

While we encourage you to adhere to the rules of good writing, we look for applicants who are not afraid to take risks in their expression. Please don’t hesitate to use a writing style or method that may be outside the mainstream as you express a distinctive personal position in the samples you submit.

Letter(s) of Recommendation  Although not required, these letters can be very helpful to your application. One letter is suggested, although as many as three may be submitted. Recommendation letters should be written by teachers or other professionals who have firsthand knowledge of your art or academic achievements and can comment on your potential as a student.

Please use the Common Application to invite people who are writing letters in support of your application to upload them through that service. Letters may also be sent directly to our mailing address (see below) or emailed to admissions@risd.edu.

SUBMITTING YOUR MATERIALS

» Submit your application form through The Common Application.

» Have your school send official transcripts to the Admissions Office – electronically through the Common Application or Parchment – or by email or mail.

» Upload your portfolio in SlideRoom.

» Upload your two responses for the RISD assignment in SlideRoom. Respond to the question about further explorations concerning your responses to the assignment.

» Upload your writing sample and letters of recommendation through the Common Application.

We prefer that your credentials be submitted electronically using the online tools but paper versions of official transcripts, recommendations, writing sample and test reports may also be mailed to:

Admissions Office
Rhode Island School of Design
Two College Street
Providence, RI 02903
USA

BROWN|RISD DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM

Students applying for admission to the Dual Degree Program must complete the application process at both institutions by our respective deadlines: January 1 for Brown and February 1 for RISD.

You may not apply to both RISD and Brown using the Early Decision deadline, although you can choose to apply to one of the two schools early. If you do so, please indicate your interest in this program on your application.

The only additional credential required to apply for this program is the Dual Degree Supplement, which is included within the Common App. Note that the dual degree essay does not replace the other required writing sample.

Students must be admitted both to RISD and Brown before being considered for admission to the Dual Degree Program
 

The New RISD Home Test Requirements

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The Assignment  Choose one of the following three prompt options and create two responses using any medium you prefer (no restrictions).

We consider this assignment to be as much about process as presentation and encourage you to consider your submissions as exercises in experimental thinking and risk-taking more than as final presentations or examples of technical proficiency. No particular outcome is valued more than another, so feel free to explore the full range of possible expression in these works.

  • deconstruct | ˌdēkənˈstrəkt | verb [with obj.] | reduce (something) to its constituent parts in order to reinterpret it
  • Select something.
  • Deconstruct it.
  • Make a work in response to the process or result of the deconstruction.
  • Create a title for the work.

 

  • light| līt | noun | the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible verb [with obj.] | provide with light or lighting; illuminate
  • Create a work using light or the illusion of light.
  • Create a title for the work.

 

  • contain | kənˈtān | verb [with obj.] | have or hold (someone or something) within | container | kənˈtānər | noun | an object that can be used to hold or transport something
  • Identify what you want to contain.
  • Create a container for it.
  • Create a title for the work.

RISD Admissions

Ashcan Art’s Pre-College Summer Program 2016

Your portfolio is THE MOST critical component to a College application

Discover your Unique Creative Vision & start/complete an Outstanding Portfolio this Summer

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RISD Admissions Requirements

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  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Academic transcripts
  • SAT or ACT test score
  • TOEFL / IELTS
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Portfolio

Deadline: February 1

Freshman Applicants

DEADLINES

Applications for freshman admission are accepted beginning in early August.

Early Decision deadline » November 1, 2013

Decisions are mailed the second week of December. Please note that applying for Early Decision indicates a commitment to attend if admitted.

Regular deadline » February 1, 2014

Decisions are mailed the third week of March.

ELIGIBILITY

Graduation from secondary school is a prerequisite, although a high school equivalency diploma may be accepted. Prospective applicants are urged to follow a college preparatory program in secondary school, taking courses in studio art and art history where possible. Courses that develop visual and design skills (such as studio drawing) are strongly recommended. Students interested in our Architecture program must have completed two semesters of algebra, one semester of trigonometry and one year of science (preferably physics).

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ITEMS YOU’LL NEED TO SEND

Application Form  Since RISD participates in the Common Application, please use that online process to complete the form and submit most credentials. The application fee is $60.

If you’re not able to use the Common App, please contact the Admissions Office atadmissions@risd.edu or 800 364 7473.

Academic Transcripts  Applicants must provide official transcripts of all secondary academic work through the most recent grading period. If you are attending school in another country, your academic credentials must be translated into English by an approved translator.

Tests  SAT or ACT | All applicants are required to submit the results of the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT (American College Testing program), including the writing component. Subject tests are not required. RISD’s CEEB code number for the SATs is 003726; for ACT the code number is 003812.

TOEFL or IELTS | All applicants who speak English as a second language, including US citizens, must submit results from either TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Since proficiency in English is a prerequisite for acceptance, applicants must attain an acceptable score on either test; RISD requires a minimum result of 93 on the TOEFL or 6.5 on IELTS. Plan to take the TOEFL or IELTS well in advance of the application deadline since it may take six weeks for your scores to be sent to RISD.

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Letter(s) of Recommendation  Although not required, these letters can be very helpful to your application. One letter is suggested, although as many as three may be submitted. Recommendation letters should be written by teachers, or other professionals, who have first-hand knowledge of your art or academic achievements and can comment on your potential as a student.

Please use the Common Application to invite people who are writing letters in support of your application to upload them through that service. If you aren’t using the Common App, please have your letters sent to our mailing address (see below) or emailed to admissions@risd.edu.

Portfolio  Your portfolio should show a selection of 12–20 examples of your best, recent artwork. We suggest that the work reflect your ideas, interests, experience and abilities in the arts to date. Work presented can be in any media (including film or video), in finished or sketch form and the result of an assigned project or a self-directed exploration. We strongly recommend you to include 2–3 pages from your journal or sketchbook to indicate your process of research, thinking and investigation.

Portfolios must be submitted through SlideRoom, an online portfolio service. Use the arts supplement question in your RISD Common App to connect to the Slideroom submission process (which requires an additional $10 fee).

Drawings  Two drawing samples are required of all candidates. Each drawing must be done on a sheet of white paper measuring 16″x 20″ (40 cm x 50 cm).

Drawing #1 | reference a bicycle 

Your bicycle drawing must be done using graphite pencil.

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Drawing #2 | select one of the following options:

  • In the course of a single calendar day, draw 11 related images in a single visualization
  • Make a drawing that uses both sides of the sheet of paper
  • Create a drawing instrument. Make a drawing with the instrument you have created. Send the original drawing to us and upload an image of the instrument with your portfolio in SlideRoom.

For Drawing #2, you may use graphite pencil or any dry (fixable) medium, a water-based medium (such as ink, watercolor or gouache) or a combination. Do not use any oil-based medium or collage. Remember that whatever medium(s) you choose, you must be able to fold the paper (see below) in order to mail it to our office.

You may approach these two drawings in any way you wish. Other than the stated requirements related to paper size (16″x 20″), subject (in the case of Drawing #1) and medium (graphite pencil), everything and anything else are up to you. Using photographs as a source for your drawings, however, is not recommended.

An important thought: we consider drawing to be as much about process as presentation. We encourage you to consider your drawing submissions as exercises in experimental thinking and risk-taking more than final presentations or examples of technical proficiency. We do not value any particular style of drawing more than another, so feel free to explore the full range of possible expression in your drawings.

Fold your drawings in half and then in half again to a finished size of 8″x 10″ (20cm x 25cm) and be sure to note your full name, date of birth and address on the back of each drawing. Drawings must be mailed to the Admissions Office in their original form, not submitted as reproductions.

Writing Samples  Submit two examples of writing, each up to 400 words. (Note: the Common App general essay does not fulfill this requirement.)

Writing Sample # 1 | Tell us about what you create and why you make it.

Writing Sample #2 | select one of the following options:

  • Every day we’re confronted by circumstances that range from the worrisome to the inspiring. What do you find most compelling in the world right now? How might this impact our future? What influence can you have on this situation?
  • Is there something you love, have to do, can’t stop thinking about? Write about a personal passion or obsession other than visual art or design.

While we encourage you to adhere to the rules of good writing, we look for applicants who are not afraid to take risks in their expression. Please don’t hesitate to use a writing style or method that may be outside the mainstream as you express a dynamic position in the samples you submit.

Writing samples may be uploaded through The Common Application or mailed to the Admissions Office. Please include your full name, date of birth and address on each writing sample.

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SUBMITTING YOUR MATERIALS

» Submit your application form through The Common Application.

» Have your school mail official transcripts to the Admissions Office if it is not among the participating schools that upload transcripts through The Common Application.

» Upload your portfolio through SlideRoom using the link on The Common Application.

» Mail your two original drawings to the Admissions Office.

» Upload writing samples and letters of recommendation through The Common Application.

If you’re not submitting digitally, please mail official transcripts, recommendations, writing samples and paper test reports to: 

Admissions Office
Rhode Island School of Design
Two College Street
Providence, RI 02903
USA

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BROWN/RISD DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM

Students applying for admission to the Dual Degree Program must complete the application process at both institutions by our respective deadlines: January 1 for Brown and February 1 for RISD.

You may not apply to both RISD and Brown using the Early Decision deadline, although you can choose to apply to one of the two schools early. Indicate your interest in this program on your RISD application.

The only additional credential required to apply for this program is the Dual Degree Supplement, available as part of the Common App. Note that the dual degree essay does not replace either of the other writing samples required.

Students must be admitted both to RISD and Brown before being considered for admission to the Dual Degree Program.

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Transfer Applicants

DEADLINES

Applications for transfer admission are accepted beginning in early August.

Fall term deadline: March 15, 2014


Decisions are mailed the third week of April.

Most transfer students are required to begin their RISD education with the Summer Foundation Studies Program, a six-week session that runs from mid-June through the end of July. Modeled on the full-year Foundation Studies curriculum that all freshmen follow, the summer program is an integral part of the RISD learning experience, offering courses in drawing, design and spatial dynamics. If you have completed the equivalent of RISD’s Foundation Studies program, this requirement may be waived (the Admissions Committee automatically reviews all applicants and issues waivers where warranted).

Spring term deadline: November 1, 2013

Decisions are mailed the second week of December. Note: If you have been considered and denied admission for spring term entrance, you cannot be reconsidered for entrance the following fall.

ELIGIBILITY

Fall term  If you will have satisfactorily completed at least one full year of study at a college accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies in the US (or recognized in a similar fashion by an appropriate authority if the college is in another country) by June 2014, you may apply as an upperclass transfer student. A full year of college-level study consists of a minimum of 27 earned credits, including a minimum of 12 credits in the liberal arts.

Spring term  If you have completed two years (approximately 60 credits) of college and your visual arts training and accomplishments qualify you to enter a specific RISD program as a second-semester sophomore, you may be considered for admission in the spring semester. Opportunities for spring admission vary by department and mid-year entrance is generally not possible in the architectural studies majors.

Transfer students enter RISD degree programs as sophomores – at the second-year level, which is when departmental major requirements call for sequential courses focused on a specific studio discipline. Applicants with prior experience that closely matches RISD’s curriculum may be eligible for placement at a more advanced level, either at the time of admission or after the first semester. Your application decision will indicate the level at which you are admitted. 

ITEMS YOU’LL NEED TO SEND

Application Form  Since RISD participates in The Common Application, please use that online process to complete the form and submit most credentials. The application fee is $60.

If you’re not able to use the Common App, please contact the Admissions Office atadmissions@risd.edu or 800 364 7473.

Academic Transcripts  Applicants must provide official transcripts covering at least the last three full years of academic work completed. This should include all college transcripts and if applicable, your secondary school transcript. If you are attending a school in non-English-speaking country, your academic credentials must be translated into English by an approved translator.

Tests  SAT or ACT | If you are a transfer applicant to Architecture, Interior Architecture or Industrial Design, you must submit results from either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT (American College Testing program), including the writing component. Submitting these scores is optional if you’re applying to any other department or if you’ve already completed at least three years of higher education. RISD’s CEEB code for the SATs is 003726; for ACT the code number is 003812.

TOEFL or IELTS | All applicants who speak English as a second language, including US citizens, must submit results from either TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Since proficiency in English is a prerequisite for acceptance, applicants must attain an acceptable score on either test;  RISD requires a minimum result of 93 on the TOEFL or 6.5 on IELTS. Plan to take the TOEFL or IELTS well in advance of the application deadline since it may take six weeks for your scores to be sent to RISD.

Letter(s) of Recommendation  Although not required, these letters can be very helpful to your application. One letter is suggested, although as many as three may be submitted. Recommendation letters should be written by teachers, or other professionals, who have first-hand knowledge of your art or academic achievements and can comment on your potential as a student.

Please use The Common Application invite people who are writing letters in support of your application to upload them through that service. If you aren’t using the Common App, please have your letters sent to our mailing address (see below) or emailed to admissions@risd.edu.

Portfolio  Your portfolio should show a selection of 12–20 examples of your best recent artwork. We suggest that the work reflect your ideas, interests, experience and abilities in the arts to date. Work presented can be in any media (including film or video), in finished or sketch form and the result of an assigned project or a self-directed exploration. We strongly recommend you to include 2–3 pages from your journal or sketchbook to indicate your process of research, thinking and investigation.

Portfolios must be submitted through SlideRoom, an online portfolio service. Use the arts supplement question in your RISD Common App to connect to the Slideroom submission process (which requires an additional $10 fee).

Drawings  Two drawing samples are required of all candidates. Each drawing must be done on a sheet of white paper measuring 16″x 20″ (40 cm x 50 cm).

Drawing #1 | reference a bicycle 

Your bicycle drawing must be done using graphite pencil.

Drawing #2 | select one of the following options:

  • In the course of a single calendar day, draw 11 related images in a single visualization
  • Make a drawing that uses both sides of the sheet of paper
  • Create a drawing instrument. Make a drawing with the instrument you have created. Send the original drawing to us and upload an image of the instrument with your portfolio in SlideRoom.

For Drawing #2, you may use graphite pencil or any dry (fixable) medium, a water-based medium (such as ink, watercolor or gouache) or a combination. Do not use any oil-based medium or collage. Remember that whatever medium(s) you choose, you must be able to fold the paper (see below) in order to mail it to our office.

You may approach these two drawings in any way you wish. Other than the stated requirements related to paper size (16″x 20″), subject (in the case of Drawing #1) and medium (graphite pencil), everything and anything else are up to you. Using photographs as a source for your drawings, however, is not recommended.

An important thought: we consider drawing to be as much about process as presentation. We encourage you to consider your drawing submissions as exercises in experimental thinking and risk-taking more than final presentations or examples of technical proficiency. We do not value any particular style of drawing more than another, so feel free to explore the full range of possible expression in your drawings.

Fold your drawings in half and then in half again to a finished size of 8″x 10″ (20cm x 25cm) and be sure to note your full name, date of birth and address on the back of each drawing. Drawings must be mailed to the Admissions Office in their original form, not submitted as reproductions.

Writing Samples  Submit two examples of writing, each up to 400 words. (Note: the Common App general essay does not fulfill this requirement.)

Writing Sample # 1 | Tell us about what you create and why you make it.

Writing Sample #2 | select one of the following options:

  • Every day we’re confronted by circumstances that range from the worrisome to the inspiring. What do you find most compelling in the world right now? How might this impact our future? What influence can you have on this situation?
  • Is there something you love, have to do, can’t stop thinking about? Write about a personal passion or obsession other than visual art or design.

While we encourage you to adhere to the rules of good writing, we look for applicants who are not afraid to take risks in their expression. Please don’t hesitate to use a writing style or method that may be outside the mainstream as you express a dynamic position in the samples you submit.

Writing samples may be uploaded through The Common Application or mailed to the Admissions Office. Please include your full name, date of birth and address on each writing sample.

SUBMITTING YOUR MATERIALS

» Submit your application form through The Common Application.

» Have your school mail official transcripts to the Admissions Office if it is not among the participating schools that upload transcripts through The Common Application.

» Upload your portfolio through SlideRoom using the link on The Common Application.

» Mail your two original drawings to the Admissions Office.

» Upload writing samples and letters of recommendation through The Common Application.

If you’re not submitting digitally, please mail official transcripts, recommendations, writing samples and paper test reports to: 

Admissions Office
Rhode Island School of Design
Two College Street
Providence, RI 02903
USA

You should submit all of your application materials, including your portfolio (if not using Slideroom) and drawings directly to the Admissions Office at: 

Admissions Office
Rhode Island School of Design
Two College Street
Providence, RI 02903
USA

TRANSFER OF CREDIT

Academic courses  Course credits in liberal arts, mathematics, science and foreign languages earned at other colleges or universities accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies in the US (or recognized in a similar fashion by an appropriate authority if the college is in another country) are usually transferable to RISD and will be applied toward the 42 liberal arts credits required for graduation. A grade of C or better is required in order to transfer credits from other institutions. The Division of Liberal Arts determines whether each course is eligible for transfer credit. Once you have enrolled as a RISD degree student, you may only transfer 12 credits from other institutions.

Studio courses  Credits earned in previous studio courses will be reviewed by faculty during the application process. Studio credits are generally not transferable at the point of entrance, but in rare instances, they may allow placement at a more advanced level. Your application decision will indicate your entry level.

Typically, credit for appropriate studio courses will be reviewed after your first term in the department. Advanced standing may be granted after your initial work at RISD and your previous studio experience have been evaluated. RISD requires a minimum of two years of residency before granting a degree.