CTC is a RISD concentration, a certificate-granting program that functions like a minor.
Students earn credits towards the concentration by taking a mix of required courses and identified electives.
Using a 15-credit minimum, students typically take five, 3-credit courses comprised of:
CTC is open to all undergraduate students. Students will typically decide to become concentrators toward the end of their first-year or in their sophomore year. However, it is also possible to begin the concentration in the junior year. Students will be eligible to officially become concentrators once they have completed a required introductory course. This is Introduction to Computation, which runs in the Fall, Wintersession, and Spring terms.
Upon gaining entry into Introduction to Computation, interested students will sign a concentration declaration form and submit this to the CTC Coordinator. Copies will be sent to the Registrar and the student’s Department Head. From this point, students can maintain their status as concentrators for their remaining time at RISD, provided they remain in good academic standing with a B- or above in CTC courses. There is no penalty for not completing or withdrawing from the concentration, other than the CTC concentration will have not been achieved.
Students who have taken eligible electives prior to Introduction to Computation must still take it. However, students can petition the CTC Coordinator to substitute an elective for this requirement. The CTC Coordinator will determine if the alternative course sufficiently meets the introductory requirements. Students may find themselves in this position due to a number of factors including schedule conflicts, a late decision about becoming a concentrator, or other individual circumstances. Alternative courses could potentially come from CTC-sponsored or Department-sponsored offerings, and Brown University.
CTC allows students to create their own pathway across identified courses throughout the College. Each year, a course catalog is generated in order to provide a list of all recognized CTC courses. This provides a guide for students as they register for the 9 credits of CTC electives. Students can make a request to the CTC Coordinator to recognize courses that are not included in the catalog. This could occur due to late announcements, new courses, or if students take related courses at Brown.
In order to complete the concentration, students must take and successfully pass a required advanced course which features a large-scale project. This course is CTC: Research Studio. Typically, this course will be taken in a student’s senior year though eligibility for this course comes after the student has completed 12 credits for CTC.