WHAT IS ACADEMIC ART?
For an explanation of the
history and teaching methods
used in the Academies of Arts,
see: Academic Art.
PUBLIC ART: RHODE
See: Art Museums in America.
Department of Visual Art, Providence
Founded in 1854, Brown University's Department of Visual Art offers courses
in a variety of types of art including
painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video
art and digital media. Students also have the opportunity to take
courses at the nearby Rhode Island School of Design. Painting
courses relate to traditional and contemporary references. Sculpture
includes methods in additives, subtractive, casting, assemblage and materials
(metal, wood, plaster and found objects). Printmaking includes tuition
in big woodcuts, lithography
and silk-screening. At Brown's, undergraduates can take bachelors
degrees in more than 70 concentrations, ranging from Egyptian
art to cognitive neuroscience. Graduates can avail of 70 subjects.
Annual Tuition Fee: $39,928.
Address: Brown University, Department of Visual Art,
64 College Street, Brown University, Box 1861, Providence, RI 02912
School of Design, Providence
Founded in 1877, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has one of the best
reputations as an art school, particularly
in the school for industrial designers. The school offers bachelor and
master degrees in 19 majors. The most popular degree is the Bachelor of
Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA). RISD also offers a 5th
year baccalaureate degree in Bachelor of Industrial Design, Bachelor of
Architecture and Bachelor of Graphic Design.
The mission of RISD is to educate its students in the creation and appreciation
of works of art, to understand the principles and in doing so become teachers
themselves or practicing artists. Attached to the school is the RISD Museum,
a world class museum which houses 84,000 objects of fine
art and decorative works. Career prospects are considerable. An annual
survey carried out by the RISD showed that 96 percent of alumni are employed
within 12 months after graduation, and of those, 70 percent are employed
in a position related to their major.
Annual Tuition Fee: $38,000.
Address: Rhode Island School of Design,
Two College Street, Providence, RI 02903-2784