Undergraduate Area of Study

Undergraduate Performing & Fine Arts Programs

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An arts education at Rhode Island College provides students with both the foundational skills to bring their creative expressions to life and the practical experiences to build a career in the Performing & Fine Arts. Our studio art programs are rooted in an interdisciplinary curriculum and collaborative environment that nurtures emerging talent. Our music, theatre and dance programs combine studio and stage time and offer students the opportunity to work side-by-side with professional performers. Unlock your potential and develop your artistic abilities in the Creative Capital of New England.

The Rhode Island College Edge

Why study the fine and performing arts at RIC?

You will have the opportunity to learn from faculty who have mastered their skills in music, theatre, dance and the visual arts. You will also have access to a number of venues that support and advance their work. Rhode Island College is located in the state’s vibrant capital city of Providence, often called the “Creative Capital,” where the performing and visual arts are woven into the very fabric of the community.

OUTCOMES AND CAREER TRACKS

Graduate Schools

  • Rhode Island College
  • Arizona State University
  • Boston University
  • Emerson College
  • Florida State University
  • Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford)
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kent State University
  • University of Miami
  • University of Rhode Island
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts

Job Placements

  • AAA Northeast
  • Mystic Aquarium
  • (add) Ventures
  • Learn Create Build
  • Hasbro

Sample Careers

  • Actor
  • Art Conservation/ Restoration
  • Performer
  • Art Historian
  • Dialect Coach
  • Director
  • Dramaturg
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Fiber Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Lighting Designer
  • Painter
  • Photographer/Photojournalist

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Art History

About this Program

As a student of art history, you will study works of art and architecture from around the world and from all historical periods along with the visual skills to interpret these works; the historical, social and political understanding to place these works into context.

Why Rhode Island College?

Upon completion of this program, you will have gained an understanding of the key periods and artists of the Western tradition as well as visual literacy and research and writing skills. 

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Program Information

Degree
Bachelor of Arts
Program Type(s)
Major
Minor

Art Studio

About this Program

Dig into the studio. Get hands-on. Get digital. Design your way through a degree in Visual Art. Our Foundations Program builds vital skills while supporting your unique expression, paving the way for you to dig deeper into aesthetic problem solving as you explore media and develop your distinctive voice in the studio. As an art student, you will be eligible for awards throughout your time at RIC and your work could be exhibited in one or both of RIC’s two art galleries. 

Why Rhode Island College?

At Rhode Island College, your artistic voice is nurtured. Starting with the basics of drawing, design, and digital media prepares students for building a portfolio and displaying individual talents in one or more of eight media. Outside of class there are numerous opportunities to join student clubs, take field trips to museums, gain professional experience in internships and student assistantships, showcase your work in exhibitions, and sell your work in pop-up shops.

Program Information

Degree
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Program Type(s)
Major
Minor
Concentrations
Ceramics, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Metalsmithing and Jewelry, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
Accreditations
National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD)

Dance Performance

About this Program

In this program you will be exposed to dance in all its forms. From pedagogy, historical content, and daily technique, to learning repertoire from celebrated choreographers from around the country, our dance majors' readiness for the professional world is our priority. Dancers have the opportunity to network and perform with established professionals in the field.  This not only makes for a well-rounded dancer, but also allows for individual growth. Post-graduation, our dance students continue to graduate school, studio ownership, teaching, professional choreography, and dancing on cruise ships, regional theaters, companies, and even Broadway.

Why Rhode Island College?

At Rhode Island College, we know that not one mold fits all. Our dance company members have the opportunity to work in costuming, social media, and leadership positions. From company management and budgeting expenses, students expand their knowledge while discovering new skills. Most notably, our dance program easily allows students to double major. Our experienced faculty works hard to meet students’ individual needs.

Program Information

Degree
Bachelor of Arts
Program Type(s)
Major
Minor

Music

About this Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Music offers foundational preparation for a career of music making and scholarship. Music study includes concentration in solo performance on a primary instrument, participation in chamber and concert performing ensembles, and coursework in musicianship and history. Initiatives in historical and cultural contexts of musical masterworks are critical aspects of the program. 

Why Rhode Island College?

RIC offers a personalized education with prominent performers, scholars, educators, and conductors, including private study with some of the finest artists/teachers in the country. This is a notably low-cost program offering a balance between skill development, content knowledge, and music pedagogy. Centrally located in southeastern New England, between music hubs like New York and Boston, RIC is foremost a community of musicians who care and want you to succeed.

Contact Information

Ian Karl Greitzer

Associate Professor

Program Information

Degree
Bachelor of Arts
Program Type(s)
Major
Minor
Concentrations
General Music Music Composition Music History Music Theory
Accreditations
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Music Performance

About this Program

The Bachelor of Music in Performance offers foundational preparation for a career of professional music making and scholarship. Study includes concentration in solo performance on a primary instrument, performance masterclasses, extensive participation in chamber and concert performing ensembles, and coursework in musicianship and history. Initiatives in historical and cultural contexts of musical masterworks are critical aspects to the program. Junior and senior solo recitals are essential components of this degree.

Why Rhode Island College?

RIC offers a personalized education with prominent performers, scholars, educators, and conductors, including private study with some of the finest artists/teachers in the country. This is a notably low-cost program offering a balance between skill development, content knowledge, and music pedagogy. Centrally located in southeastern New England, between music hubs like New York and Boston, RIC is foremost a community of musicians who care and want you to succeed.

Contact Information

Ian Karl Greitzer

Associate Professor

Program Information

Degree
Bachelor of Music
Program Type(s)
Major
Minor
Accreditations
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Theatre

About this Program

As a Theatre major, you will get to grow as a performer and artist while developing your resume. From the moment you begin your program at Rhode Island College, will have the opportunity to direct, write, and perform while enrolling in a variety of courses with small class sizes of 12-15 students. With three unique concentrations to choose from ranging from performance to design, you’re sure to find the perfect fit to follow your dreams. 

Why Rhode Island College?

Students have the opportunity to participate in the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. Students also have the opportunity to apply for scholarships every semester, including the Miranda Scholarship sponsored by the family of Lin-Manuel Miranda. Many Rhode Island College graduates have found professional performing opportunities on Broadway, in national touring companies, Hollywood, cruise industries, and more. Theatre graduates also have the opportunity to find careers in theatre production and management, teaching, and arts administration.

Program Information

Degree
Bachelor of Arts
Program Type(s)
Major
Minor
Concentrations
Design/Technical, General Theatre, Musical Theatre, Performance