The Drawing Concentration is a 15-credit undergraduate program administered by the Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies. Students earn credits toward the concentration by taking a mix of required and elective courses.


While drawing can be considered an independent discipline, it is integral and meaningful to all art and design disciplines. Drawing as a means for innovation, discovery, and invention – what might be called drawing as speculation is a key aspect of research at RISD. Equally important for the Drawing Concentration, (and often overlapping with drawing as speculation) is the fact that in the contemporary art and design world, drawing is frequently considered an end in itself; a discipline where artists create works of art that are considered resolved.

Students in the Drawing Concentration will be encouraged to think critically about drawing’s history and evolving presence in the world, and the relationship of their work to this history.

Interested students should fill out the form here.