Website: http://www.ric.edu

Location: Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Year Founded: 1854, first public institution in the state

Student Body: 5800 undergraduates

Average Student/Faculty Ratio: 15:1

As a leading regional public college, Rhode Island College personalizes higher education, offering vibrant programs in arts and sciences, business and professional disciplines within a supportive, respectful and diverse community. Dedicated faculty engages students in learning, research, and career attainment, and our innovative curricula and co-curricula foster intellectual curiosity and prepare an educated citizenry for responsible leadership.


The Metalsmithing & Jewelry Studio Art Concentration at Rhode Island College is just one of two-design programs offered in the state of Rhode Island. Since 2011, students have consistently placed in the annual Student Jewelry Design Awards sponsored by the New England chapter of the International Precious Metals Institute. Graduates have been hired by Tiffany & Co. and FGX International, as well as have had their work highlighted at New York Fashion Week and featured in Harper’s Bazaar.


  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification


Rhode Island College is located on a 180- acre park-like campus in the Mount Pleasant section of Providence. This location combines a suburban atmosphere with easy access to the benefits and resources of the metropolitan area.



Faculty of Arts and Science | Feinstein School of Education and Human Development | School of Management | School of Nursing | School of Social Work


Studio Arts | Ceramics | Graphic Design | Metalsmithing and Jewelry | Painting | Photography | Printmaking | Sculpture | Digital Media Design | Art Education | Art History | Dance Performance | Creative Writing | Film Studies | Music | Theater


  • Ye-Feng Wang: Assistant Professor of Art- A Chinese media artist who finished his MFA studies in Art and Technology Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Ye-Feng actively pursues his artistic career in both China and America, and continues to think and work critically across the medias among Experimental 3D, video installation, Performance in Virtual Environment, and Art Game. Ye-Feng has had extensive experience exhibiting and working in prestigious venues internationally.
  • Peter Mendy: Professor of History, Ph.D. Director of Guinea-Bissau’s leading social science research institute,1994-1998. Served as Deputy Director from 1991-1994. He also worked in Senegal as Consultant for the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), and in Angola as Policy Advisor for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  • Steven Threlkeld: Assistant Professor of Psychology Engaging in hands-on neuroscience research gives his undergraduate students a chance to see how exciting science can be, and how they can have a real scientific impact. The National Institutes of Health awarded Dr. Threlkeld a grant of $329,762 to assess the relative influences of anti-inflammatory intervention.


  • Viola Davis, by winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2017 (for Fences), she became the first African-American to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting: winning a competitive Emmy, Tony and Oscar in acting categories. She is also the first African-American actress and the first woman of color to win five Screen Actors Guild Awards.
  • Steven Libman, a nationally recognized performing arts leader known for producing dance, theatre, and multi-disciplinary performing arts series.
  • Thomas Cobb, an American novelist and author of the 1987 novel Crazy Heart which was adapted into the 2010 Academy Award winning 2009 film Crazy Heart.
  • Christopher Michael Reddy, an American scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI; Woods Hole, MA). He is a senior scientist in the Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry and has been the Director of the Coastal Ocean Institute at WHOI since 2008.