RISD is a world renowned school, which, at the very least, attracts some impressive students and faculty. However, they don't do everything right and I think all art education (but maybe more here) requires a TON of self-guidance from the student. In other words, you probably won't improve at your craft unless you force yourself to and think extremely critically about what you're learning in class. It's often hard to put your finger on what you're learning, especially when you don't work hard to apply it to your own craft. Also, the Film/Animation/Video department isn't as strong as others. It seems that the only FAV students who produce truly great work, probably would have done so anyway.