Careers & Majors

  • Curatorial Studies
    Curatorial Studies
  • Interior Design
    Interior Design
  • Metals/Jewelry
    Metals/Jewelry
  • Fine Arts
    Fine Arts
  • Public/Social Practice
    Public/Social Practice
  • Advertising Design
    Advertising Design
  • Photography
    Photography
  • Theatre
    Theatre
If you’re coming in to an art and design program straight from high school, chances are you haven’t been exposed to many of the areas of study now offered at art and design colleges today. Perhaps your high school art classes consisted mainly of painting, drawing, and sculpture. The fields of art and design have expanded greatly over the past ten years, with colleges regularly developing new programs to keep up with the market needs and the interests of their students. A growing number of colleges offer multi-disciplinary majors and/or emphasize self-directed study.

If you’re not sure of what you’d like to study, most colleges offer the opportunity to take elective classes to test your interest and skill and other subject areas. Your choice of major will affect the content of your program, the faculty and students you meet and the professional opportunities availed to you during and after college. Please feel free to click on each area to learn more.

Selection of a major does not alone pre-determine a career path. While certain careers, especially in design fields, require particular areas of study to become certified or gain employment, art and design students are not limited in their career pursuits by the discipline in which they major. For example, Audrey Niffenegger studied visual arts as an undergraduate at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and became an acclaimed and best-selling author. Two Industrial Design graduates from RISD founded one of the leading innovation firms in medical device manufacturing, Ximedica. Armed with an art and design education, students can truly create the future they desire.

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Film, Photography, Video
- Film
- Photography
- Video