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Years 4 & 5




In your final year at RISD, meet with your advisor in the fall to make sure you’re on track to graduate.

Brown RISD Dual Degree students and B.Architecture students complete a fifth year at RISD, and sometimes students pursuing a secondary major will have to complete a fifth year.

Years 4/5
4/5 Year Advising Highlights

By the end of your final year you should have: 126 credits

  • Major: 18

  • Non-major studio elective: 3

  • Liberal Arts: 9

5th year B.Architecture:

In addition to the 126 credits for RISD’s undergraduate degree, by the end of your final year you should have: 156 credits

  • Major: 27

  • Non-major studio elective: completed

  • Liberal Arts: completed

5th year option:

Did you know that you can get your Master of Arts in Teaching if you stay for a 5th year?

Brown/RISD Dual Degree

Brown/RISD Dual Degree students should consult with Cassie Bower (cbower@risd.edu) Advisor and Program Coordinator for complete information.

Brown/RISD

First Day of Fall Semester

September 7, 2017

Add/drop registration period begins. If you have questions about adding/dropping a class, consult your advisor.

Ask your Advisor!

Remember to talk with your advisor to make sure you’re on track to graduate.

If you wish to participate in Commencement but know you’ll be short credits (6 at most) at the time of Commencement (for example, missing a liberal arts class) you must complete a Plan to Complete Degree Requirements Form.

Mid-semester Warnings

Students are notified via RISD email if they receive a midterm warning of “unsatisfactory” performance. If you receive an “unsatisfactory” you should contact your advisor as soon as possible.

Last Day of Fall Semester

December 15, 2017

First Day of Wintersession

January 3, 2018

Add/drop registration period begins. Ends on January 11. If you have questions about adding/dropping a class consult your advisor.

Course Catalog

Last Day of Wintersession

February 6, 2018

First Day of Spring Semester

February 15, 2018

Add/drop registration period begins. Ends on February 23. If you have questions about adding/dropping a class, consult your advisor.

Mid-semester Warnings

Students are notified via RISD email if they receive a midterm warning of “unsatisfactory” performance. If you receive an “unsatisfactory” you should contact your advisor as soon as possible.

Last Day of Spring Semester

May 25, 2018

Finish Years 4/5