Visual Art

This concentration, directed toward the practice of art, is broadly based in the studio areas of painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, and digital imaging. Courses in art history combine with these to frame the direction of the concentrator's work and to give them skills in critical thinking. Students are encouraged to develop their own direction and to cultivate an informed and thoughtful individual perspective.

The concentration program consists of twelve courses.

Introductory Course Requirements (3 courses)

1. VISA 0100 Studio Foundation, or VISA 0110 Advanced Studio Foundation. VISA 0100 and VISA 0110 do not count as one of the 7 studio concentration requirements; VISA 0100 or VISA 0110 are prerequisites for all studio courses.

2. VISA 0120 Foundation Media (qualifies as one of the 7 studio concentration requirements below).

3. HIAA 0010, Introduction to the History of Art and Architecture (or HIAA 0020).

Concentration Program Requirements

1. HIAA 0880 or 0890, Contemporary Art I or II. Should be taken by the first semester of junior year.

2. Seven studio courses. A minimum of four studio courses must be taken at Brown University. One must be drawing.

3. One upper-level History of Art and Architecture course.

4. One elective course in History of Art and Architecture, Visual Art, or Modern Culture and Media. Certain related courses or acceptable RISD courses may also be approved.

5. Senior Thesis Exhibition: which does not carry academic credit, is required for graduation (usually presented during the seventh or eighth semester).


The project is a two-semester enterprise and counts as two courses taken for graduation credit VISA 1800C (Sem I) and VISA 1990 (Sem II) but will not count as two of the twelve courses needed for the visual art concentration. Students that are planning to complete their degree requirements in December must apply for honors by December 5 of the previous year.

Page last updated in September, 2012.

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