About

The Brown|RISD Dual Degree Program draws on the complementary strengths of two world-class institutions and offers students the opportunity to pursue collaborative and multidisciplinary work. Students interested in combining film and video with screen or playwriting, photography with anthropology or urban studies, sculpture with music or performance, art and design with the sciences, theater with glass, and many other unique combinations. RISD and Brown offer different but complementary strengths: RISD offers intensive, specialized education in all categories of the arts and design; Brown offers comprehensive concentrations in the humanities, social sciences, physical, and life sciences. There are many possibilities – and some have yet to be explored!

During the five year program, students develop and integrate diverse spheres of academic and artistic interests. Students will choose a concentration at Brown and a major at RISD and receive a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree or, with careful planning, a Bachelor of Science (Sc.B.) from Brown and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree from RISD. Prospective students must apply and be accepted to both institutions and then be approved by a separate Brown|RISD Dual Degree admissions committee. A minimum of one year in residence at each school is expected of the students.

  • 72

    Current Students
  • 85

    Current Alumni
  • 15

    RISD Majors
  • 80

    Brown Concentrations
  • 1,200

    Possible 1:1 concentrations

    And at Brown you can propose an Independent Concentration, so this makes the number even greater!

Breakdown of Courses Taken by Graduating Classes of 2013-2017

Average # of RISD Courses 28  
Minimum # of RISD Courses 18  
Maximum # of RISD Courses 36  
Average # of Brown Courses 21  
Minimum # of Brown Courses 15  
Maximum # of Brown Courses 29