|[November 28, 2012]
Business Insider Ranks Rhode Island School of Design #1 in Survey of The World's 25 Best Design Schools
PROVIDENCE, R.I. --(Business Wire)--
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has been ranked #1 in Business
Insider's survey of The World's 25 Best Design Schools.
According to their site, Business Insider's rating is based on a
simple and pragmatic survey that asked product designers, art directors
and others how valuable each design school's program really is. 85.1% of
respondents agreed that RISD's programs are top notch as we enter "the
golden age of design in startups," where highly skilled creatives
specializing in product design and UI are critical.
Among the design-driven companies Business Insider cites as
"leading the charge" in this new era is Airbnb - founded and run by
alumni Brian Chesky (RISD 2004 ID) and Joe Gebbia (RISD 2005 ID/GD), who
recently became a RISD trustee. Other leading companies noted for their
commitment to design were Apple (News - Alert), Pinterest and Square.
"Acknowledgement of RISD's emphasis on 'artrepreneurship' from the
technology and business world is great news for all of us who love this
iconic institution," notes RISD Board Chair Michael Spalter.
"Art and design will drive innovation in the 21st century
like science and technology did in the last century," notes RISD
President John Maeda. "This Business Insider ranking is a
testament to RISD's work to prepare students for success in a wide array
of fields, and recognition that now, more than ever, design-focused
organizations are disrupting industries and sparking innovation."
As President Maeda often talks about, America is investing in
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education to ensure a
prosperous future - but a growing movement led by RISD is arguing that
we need the "A" for Art t turn STEM to STEAM to keep our country
competitive. More information about this movement can be found at
Business Insider technology and startup reporter Megan Rose
Dickey explained the rationale for the survey in her article: "What
companies [like Apple, Path, and Airbnb] have in common is that design
is at the core of their businesses. But which school is best suited to
get you the design job you want "
for the complete article with the full slideshow of rankings.
Island School of Design (RISD) has earned an international
reputation as the leading college of art and design in the United
States. Approximately 2,400 students from around the world study at
RISD, pursuing full-time bachelor's or master's degree programs in a
choice of 19 studio majors. RISD is known for its phenomenal faculty of
artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities and its
hands-on, studio-based approach to learning - one in which critical
thinking informs making works by hand. Required courses in the liberal
arts provide an essential complement to studio work, enabling graduates
to become critical and informed individuals eager to engage with the
world. Through the accomplishments of its 26,000 alumni, the college
champions the vital role artists and designers play in satisfying the
global demand for innovation. Founded in 1877, RISD (pronounced
"RIZ-dee") and the RISD Museum of Art help make Providence, RI among the
most culturally active and creative cities in the region. For more
information, visit www.risd.edu,
our.risd.edu and stemtosteam.org.
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