FAQs

I am visiting campus soon, can I visit the Art Department?
Prospective students are welcome to visit our facilities in the List Art Building for a self-guided tour. Student-led tours can be arranged during the academic year on Mondays or Fridays. Student-led tours are dependent upon the availability of our student guides and should be arranged for in advance. The List Art Building is open from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm during the summer and from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm during the academic year.
Can I meet with a Professor for a portfolio review?
Students applying to Brown should not submit The Common Application Arts Supplement. Information about submitting a portfolio as a supplement to your application to Brown can be found at the Admission Department's Website. Portfolios will be reviewed as part of the admissions process. Our faculty are not able to meet individually with prospective students for portfolio reviews.
What advice can you give me about a visual art portfolio supplement to my Common Application for admission to Brown?
Portfolios should include recent work and each piece should be clearly labeled with your name and the title, media, dimensions and date of the work. Include work that indicates your skill level in a variety of media. Remember that this is not a requirement for your admissions application, it is a supplement.
I am interested in the Brown RISD Dual Degree Program. Who can I talk with to learn more about this program?
Brown’s Program Coordinator is Deputy Dean of the College
Stephen Lassonde (Stephen_Lassonde@brown.edu, 401/863-6244)
and RISD’s Program Coordinator is Brown RISD Dual Degree Advisor Assistant Michele Zager (mzager@risd.edu, 401/863-9800).
I took AP Studio Art in high school, may I waive out of VISA0100?
A strong foundation in high school art will help you with any class you take at Brown. VISA0100 or VISA0110 would still be required. These foundation level courses are required for students wishing to take a class at RISD as well as for many other VISA courses. Consider submitting a portfolio of your work to be considered for Advanced Studio Foundation (VISA0110) offered each fall semester. Waiving out of VISA0100/VISA0110 is granted on some occasions to students who have successfully completed 1-2 years of college level art courses.
How do I apply for Advanced Studio Foundation/VISA0110?
This course is offered each fall but not usually in the spring. Admission to VISA0110 is by portfolio review. Students who have already prepared and submitted a portfolio as part of their application to Brown using Slideroom will not need to resubmit their work. Others may submit their work in one of two ways: 1) by sharing their work via Dropbox.com or 2) by submitting a CD of their work to the Visual Art Office. All interested students apply here - VISA0110 Application.
I took AP Art History in high school and received a high score on my SAT subject test. Can I receive credit for it at Brown?
No, the Visual Art Department does not grant credit for advanced placement Art History taken in high school but it is alright to take another History of Art and Architecture course in lieu of this requirement with your VA Concentration Advisor's approval.
I entered my name into the lottery for VISA0100 and I did not get placed. I really want to take VISA0100 and other art courses, what should I do?
You should absolutely attend the first day of any section that works with your schedule. The two week shopping period at Brown combined with the on-line registration system, means that class rosters are very fluid at the beginning of the semester. Students who do not attend the first day are often dropped from the roster. Instructors will have a sign-in sheet and a waiting list for each class. Priority is given to students who intend to concentrate in Visual Art.
I really want to take a course at RISD. What should I do?
Students at Brown may obtain cross-registration forms either in person or on-line at the Brown Registrar’s Office. Permission of the RISD instructor and VISA0100 or VISA0110 is required for cross-registration. When students intend to enroll in four or more courses at RISD or if they wish to enroll in a RISD course that satisfies RISD’s Liberal Arts requirements, they must file a petition. RISD's academic calendar is different from Brown's so scheduling this with Brown can be a little tricky. It is possible, but taking the course should be carefully planned with your Brown course load, dorm schedule, etc. Winter Session can provide a nice opportunity for Brown students to have an intensive studio experience. 
How does the VISA0100 lottery work?
When enrollment through Banner Web opens, put your name into the lottery. About 1/3 of all students get placed into a section of VISA0100 through the lottery. Three spots in each section are held for freshmen.