Rhode Island School of Design Rankings Based on Salary

  • Rhode Island School of Design ranks better than 51% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • Rhode Island School of Design ranks better than only 32% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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Rhode Island School of Design's Top Ranking

Salary and Debt by Major at Rhode Island School of Design

We calculated a salary score for each of Rhode Island School of Design's programs by comparing program-specific median alumni earnings to median alumni earnings for the same program across all schools that provide this data. This way, students can compare the relative salary strength of a specific major at Rhode Island School of Design to the same major at other schools. A school's overall score by level is a weighted average of all of its program scores. Data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and was last updated in December 2020. It reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid.

Salary Scores for RISD Bachelor's Degrees

RISD ranks higher than 51% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Apparel and Textiles 96% Not Reported $45,696 96%
Architecture 70% $29,000 $50,439 70%
Design and Applied Arts 59% $27,000 $36,900 59%
Film/Video and Photographic Arts 11% $27,000 $20,388 11%
Fine and Studio Arts 42% $26,725 $25,194 42%

Salary Scores for RISD Master's Degrees

RISD ranks higher than 38% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Architecture 60% $111,200 $55,512 60%
Design and Applied Arts 51% $101,000 $53,358 51%
Fine and Studio Arts 43% $41,000 $29,685 43%
Interior Architecture 58% Not Reported $52,107 58%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 3% Not Reported $33,993 3%

Rhode Island School of Design Reviews

Most Recent Reviews

Flora Hwang 3/24/2017

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is a school I would recommend to anyone around me. Attending RISD - despite all the student loans - was the best choice I made in my life. The school truly prepares you not only for the creative world, but also for any kind of job or life you will be having. The community accepts the uniqueness of each member and supports each other to experiment and explore one's creative potentials. Everyone I met was passionate about what they were doing, and going through the similar... Read More

Kathleen 2/19/2017

RISD offered a really critical lens on design; students had a strong foundation in articulating form and answering abstract and often difficult prompts. My education made me very comfortable with ambiguity, and constantly parsing out the "why" in my work. Ultimately, the education prepares you to make as a means of thinking and critique. As far as design schools go, it's less vocational and industry-driven; this means it's more on you to prepare the right portfolio for your post-degree plans.