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Design & Applied Arts at Rhode Island School of Design

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Design & Applied Arts at Rhode Island School of Design

Every design and applied arts school has its own distinct culture and strengths. We've pulled together some statistics and other details to help you see how the design program at Rhode Island School of Design stacks up to those at other schools.

RISD is located in Providence, Rhode Island and has a total student population of 2,501. In 2019, 141 design majors received their bachelor's degree from RISD.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Design & Applied Arts section at the bottom of this page.

RISD Design & Applied Arts Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Design
  • Master’s Degree in Design

RISD Design & Applied Arts Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the design progam at RISD compares to programs at other colleges and universities.

Note: Although rankings can help you see some information about a school, it's not a good idea to depend on them alone. Be sure to check out other things about the school before making your decision to attend.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The design major at RISD is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for Design & Applied Arts. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Ranking Type Rank
Most Focused Design & Applied Arts Master’s Degree Schools 21
Most Popular Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools 27
Most Popular Design & Applied Arts Master’s Degree Schools 29
Most Popular Design & Applied Arts Schools 36
Best Design & Applied Arts Master’s Degree Schools 38
Most Focused Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools 49
Most Focused Design & Applied Arts Schools 61
Best Value Design & Applied Arts Master’s Degree Schools 85
Best Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools 86
Best Design & Applied Arts Schools 100
Best Value Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools 263
Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools 339

In 2019, 16 students received their master’s degree in design from RISD. This makes it the #29 most popular school for design master’s degree candidates in the country.

How Much Do Design Graduates from RISD Make?

The median salary of design students who receive their bachelor's degree at RISD is $30,200. This is less than $30,900, which is the national average of all design majors in the nation who earn bachelor's degrees.

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Design Student Demographics at RISD

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the design majors at Rhode Island School of Design.

RISD Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Program

77% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 141 design students who graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2018-2019 from RISD, about 23% were men and 77% were women.

RISD Gender Breakdown of Design & Applied Arts Bachelor's Degree Grads

Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 4% more racial-ethnic minorities in its design bachelor's program than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a bachelor's in design.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Design & Applied Arts Majors at Rhode Island School of Design
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 43
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 7
White 35
International Students 44
Other Races/Ethnicities 12

RISD Design & Applied Arts Master’s Program

56% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 16 students who graduated with a master’s in design from RISD in 2019, 44% were men and 56% were women. Nationwide, master's degree programs only see 33% men graduate in design each year. RISD does a better job at serving the male population as it supports 10% more men than average.

RISD Gender Breakdown of Design & Applied Arts Master's Degree Grads

Of the students who received a design master's degree from RISD, 56% were white. This is typical for this degree on the natiowide level.

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a master's in design.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Design & Applied Arts Majors at Rhode Island School of Design
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 3
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 1
White 9
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

RISD also has a doctoral program available in design. In 2019, 0 student graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Careers That Design Grads May Go Into

A degree in design can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for RI, the home state for Rhode Island School of Design.

Occupation Jobs in RI Average Salary in RI
Graphic Designers 820 $58,720
Art, Drama, and Music Professors 710 $83,080
Commercial and Industrial Designers 390 $74,170
Interior Designers 330 $75,110
Photographers 250 $54,800

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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