Rhode Island School of Design Rankings by Salary Score

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Rhode Island School of Design's Top Ranking

Rhode Island School of Design is ranked on 1 list of the best colleges by earnings one year out of college.


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 based on the school's by-program performance weighted by student enrollment in each program. Data is sourced from the December 2020 release of the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid. Debt and salary numbers are shown rounded to the nearest $10.

Salary Scores for RISD Bachelor's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Apparel and Textiles 96 94% 94% Not Reported $45,700 96
Architecture 70 87% 87% $29,000 $50,440 70
Design and Applied Arts 59 91% 91% $27,000 $36,900 59
Film/Video and Photographic Arts 11 89% 89% $27,000 $20,390 11
Fine and Studio Arts 42 88% 88% $26,730 $25,190 42

Salary Scores for RISD Master's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Architecture 60 86% 86% $111,200 $55,510 60
Design and Applied Arts 51 93% 93% $101,000 $53,360 51
Fine and Studio Arts 43 83% 83% $41,000 $29,690 43
Interior Architecture 58 100% 100% Not Reported $52,110 58
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 3 96% 96% Not Reported $33,990 3

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.