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 Degree Audits,  show progress toward the degree. This form is available electronically to each student as well as to their departmental advisor at all times via the web. Paper copies of the Academic Evaluation are available on request from the Office of the Registrar.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Requirements
1) An accumulative grade-point average of not less than 2.00

2) The BFA requires a minimum course of study of four full-time years, with a minimum of two years’ residency at the College 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 or fifth year.

4) Payment of the minimum tuition requirement. The minimum tuition requirement is four full-time academic years  (B.F.A.) or five academic years (professional degrees), or the equivalent for transfer students. This tuition requirement is separate from and in addition to anyother degree requirements. Tuition for an academic year covers a maximum of 36 credits.

5) Payment of all financial obligations to the College or satisfactory arrangements for such payments.

6) Filling an “Application for Degree” early in the senior year. A student who expects to recieve a BFA or the B.Arch or professional Baccalaureate simultaneously at the end of the fifth year should declare this on the Application for Degree.

Professional Baccalaureate degree requirements

1) Satisfactory completion of all requirements for the RISD BFA degree, with not less than 126 credits.

2) Completion of an additional 30 credits as specified in the curriculum outline at the beginning of each department’s section of this book, for a minimum total credits of 156.

3) The professional baccalaureate degree requires a minimum full-time course of study of five years at an accredited college.  Up to two years may be transferred to RISD from another accredited college.  Students with at least three years of study at an accredited school of architecture or program in graphic design may be granted a maximum of two-and-one-half years’ credit toward residence.  For a student who entered RISD as a freshman, up to one year of study away from the Providence campus may count toward the total five-year residency requirement. For transfer students, participation in the European Honors Program, or any independent study away from the Providence campus of RISD, is not construed to be a part of the RISD residency requirement.

4) Payment of all financial obligations to the College or satisfactory arrangements for such payment.

Changes and Exceptions to Graduation Requirements

Changes, substitutions, or waivers to any of the course requirements of items 7.a through 7.g, above, must be approved in writing, using the “Degree Requirement Waiver/ Substitution Form.”

Special notes about graduation requirements for transfer students:
Transfer students fulfill the Foundation Studies eighteen (18) credit requirement by transfer of credit from another institution or by completion of the RISD Summer 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 Foundation Program, the Dean of 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 entered between Fall 2003 and Spring 2008 will substitute any elective course in Art History (ARTH) for Art History H102. Transfer students who enter Fall 2008 or after who have adequate academic experience in art history may be waived from ARTH H102 and substitute an elective ARTH 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 3credit course in Art History at an accredited college or university; or taking an art history course as part of the International Baccalaureate degree.

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.