Graduation Requirements for Undergraduates: Students are governed by the college-wide and departmental graduation policies in place and published when they enter RISD. Readmitted students who have been away from RISD for four years or more will be required to satisfy the graduation requirements that are in effect at the time of their readmission.
Academic Evaluations, also known as Program Evaluations, show progress toward the degree. This form is available electronically to each student as well as to their departmental advisor at all times on Student Planning in the My Progress tab.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Requirements
1) A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.00.
2) The BFA requires a minimum course of study of four full-time years, with a minimum of two full-time years’ on the RISD campus in a program leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
3) Satisfactory completion of the final semester and degree project as a full-time student at the College–normally in the second semester of the senior year (fifth year for B.Arch students).
4) Payment of all financial obligations to the College or satisfactory arrangements for such payment.
5) Filing a Graduation Application in the senior year by the established deadline.
6) Completion of a minimum of 126 credits, including:
a. Foundation Studies Studios 18 credits
b. Major 54 credits (Refer to the curriculum outlines in the printed Course Announcement or your academic evaluation)
c. History of Art and Visual Culture 12 credits (Including HAVC H101 and HAVC H102)
d. Literary Arts and Studies 9 credits (Including LAS E101)
e. History, Philosophy and the Social Sciences 9 credits (Including HPSS S101. S101 is a prerequisite for further Fall and Spring elective study in the department of HPSS).
f. Additional electives in Liberal Arts 12 credits (This category includes four courses chosen from electives in any of the above areas (HAVC, LAS, HPSS) or from a pool of other courses which carry Liberal Arts credit (courses designated as LAEL). LAEL courses include studies in mathematics, the natural sciences, theater, and the history of specific studio disciplines, among others.)
g. Non-major Studio Electives 12 credits
Typically, studio courses taken outside of one’s major. However, up to 6 of the 12 credits may be in non-major electives that are neither Liberal Arts nor visual art or design studio, such as engineering or music or theater. Students must get the approval of their department head before registering for a course in the latter category.
Total Credits for BFA 126 credits
Transfer Students: Special notes about graduation requirements
Transfer students fulfill the Experimental and Foundation Studies eighteen (18) credit requirement by transfer of credit from another institution or by completion of the RISD Summer Experimental and Foundation Studies Program (9 credits) along with transfer of credit. In a situation in which the student does not have sufficient Foundation credit even after transfer of credit and completion of the Summer Experimental and Foundation Studies Program, the Dean of Experimental and Foundation Studies may grant permission to substitute comparable courses earned through extra RISD course work in any studio area of the College. The total credit requirement for the degree (126/156) is never reduced.
Transfer students who enter Fall 2008 or after who have adequate academic experience in art history may be waived from HAVC H102 and substitute an elective HAVC course. “Adequate academic experience” is defined as one of the following: passing the AP Art History exam with a grade of 4 or 5; passing (with a C or better) any 3 credit course in Art History at an accredited college or university; or taking an art history course as part of the International Baccalaureate degree. There are no waivers for HAVC-H101.
S101 is a requirement for students entering in Fall 2008 or after. Entering transfer students admitted with credits in history, philosophy, or the social sciences may be permitted to substitute these credits for S101.