Catalog Statement on Credit Hours

Catalog statement on credit hours
RISD follows the credit hour assignment standard of its national accrediting body, NASAD. Normally, for undergraduate courses as well as most graduate courses, a semester hour of credit represents at least three hours of work each week (60 minute hours), on average, for the entire semester. In lecture/discussion courses requiring outside preparation one hour of credit represents one hour of work each week of the term in class, and two hours of work outside class. In studio/laboratory courses, one hour of credit represents three hours of studio/laboratory time and space each week of the term: normally, studio classes led by an instructor meet in-class for 5 hours per week for the usual three credit class; the remaining time is for studio/laboratory class preparation.  Faculty contact is greater at the foundation level where the usual three credit class meets in-class for 7.5 hours.