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RISD in Rome: EHP is a semester long pre-graduation residency program established in 1966 and based at Palazzo Cenci in the historical center of Rome. Open to all Junior and Senior students from all RISD departments and Fine Arts Concentrators at Brown University, RISD in Rome: EHP offers a self-directed studio-based, semester-long experience, committed to an immersive and global engagement that creates deep connections between studio practice and multidisciplinary site specific art and design projects.
Students interested in working within a dynamic, interdisciplinary environment that will expand their work in new directions, can incorporate through EHP new disciplinary approaches, and engage in a residency experience that will challenge them to move beyond specific equipment, materials and techniques to respond instead to local sources, resources and knowledge to inform their work. The selected group of students from various departments are immersed in art, architecture, design, and history throughout Rome, Italy, and beyond.
The RISD Chief Critic, the EHP Director and the Resident Fellow lead this pre-graduation residency program, where students work independently on individual projects, guided and supervised by the Chief Critic and by visiting critics and artist along the semester. Much like a residency experience, students have assigned studios at Palazzo Cenci and have the opportunity to imagine and develop their future studio practices within a supportive environment.
During the semester, students take required courses in art and architectural history with weekly tours of city sites and an intensive Italian language course.
Students can receive up to 15 credits in the fall semester (September-December) and up to 18 credits for the spring semester (January-June). Please note that History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences (HPSS) and English courses are not offered, so plan accordingly.
Each semester one or more tours are offered to introduce students to other cities in Italy, such as Siena, Florence, Ravenna, and Palermo, and/or Europe. Final reviews and an exhibition of student work at the Cenci conclude the program.
Students who can demonstrate the following criteria may apply to the program:
- commitment and interest in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches
- ability to work on self-directed studio projects
- flexible approach towards studio-practice based on cross-disciplinary, group-based and equipment-low environment
- proven maturity in studio-work to manage the self-directed, immersive approach to the individual work
EHP is administered by the Director, Ezio Genovesi, who also teaches the Art History classes and lead all on-site tours and lectures to historical sites.
The RISD Faculty member appointed as Chief Critic advises and guides students in the development of their studio work. The Chief critique consults, along with the Director, on travels and internships and supervises the group’s general well-being. Every year, a different faculty member is appointed for the upcoming academic year.
Leslie Hirst, Associate Professor in Experimental and Foundation Studies, is the current Chief Critic in-residence for 2017/2018.
Angela Dufresne, Assistant Professor in RISD Painting, was the former Chief Critic in-residence for 2016/2017.
Gabriel Feld, Professor in RISD Architecture, was the former Chief Critic in-residence for 2015/2016.
The students are also guided by the Resident Fellow, a former EHP student, appointed for the entire academic year. Isabella McCormick is the current Resident Fellow in-residence for 2017/2018.
In addition to the Director, the Chief Critic and the Resident Fellow, the staff is also composed by an administrative team and a resident assistant.
Throughout the year, an active roster of visiting critics, leaders in the fields of art, design, and architecture in Europe participate in reviews and studio visits with students.
RISD's Site in Rome: Palazzetto Cenci
EHP is housed in the Palazzetto Cenci, a 16th-century palazzo comprising one lecture room, 26 studios, and dormitory-style rooms for 25 students enrolled each session, as well as a gallery space, library, office, two common rooms, three kitchens, and a computer lab, darkroom, print shop, sewing machine, and tool room. Students shop and cook for themselves in the Cenci.
The Cenci is located in the heart of Rome's Centro Storico and in close walking distance to such sites as the Forum, the Vatican, the Pantheon, as well as spaces for modern and contemporary art.
EHP is open to RISD students in their Junior and senior Year. EHP applications must be submitted during sophomore or junior year. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 to be eligible and they must remain in good academic and conduct standing up until, and throughout, their time on the program.
Students enrolled in the Visual Art concentration at Brown University can also participate to the program during their Junior and Senior year.
Students must demonstrate general qualifications of maturity, motivation, and emotional stability. Students must remain in good standing at RISD, in terms of conduct and finances.
EHP Fall 2017/18
Spring 2018 deadline for EHP applicants is Friday, October 27, 2017.
Students will be notified of a decision approximately mid-November.
There are need-based scholarship funds awarded by the EHP committee to selected students once they’re accepted in the program. There are also many types of work study opportunities at the Cenci available for all EHP students.
EHP Costs 2017/2018
The program's costs for the EHP semester program are:
- Standard RISD tuition: one-half college tuition and one-half student activity fee
- GeoBlue Worldwide travel medical & international insurance: $16.65/a week (rate for 2017/18)
- Housing: $6,425 (based on accommodation rate on campus for 2017/18)
- Administrative fee: $10
Meals, airfare to Rome, Student Visa (approximately $50-$60), local transportation, materials are all out of pocket Expenses.
How to Apply
Prior to applying, all students are invited to attend the information sessions held on campus. Notifications of these sessions are posted on the RISD calendar and tweeted by RISD Global.
All students must consult their Academic Advisor and Department Head to ensure that all required credits will be met prior to graduation. Note that English and HPSS credits are not part of the EHP curriculum.
We also recommend that you attend at least one 1:1 advising session with the Global Learning Advisor. To schedule an appointment visit: risdglobal.youcanbook.me. Appointments are available Monday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm.
The entire application process will be completed using Slate. You will be able to upload, request and submit all required documents through Slate.
The application process consists of the following documents:
1. The statement of purpose (max 500 words) is a key component of the application process.
a. Please indicate why you are a strong candidate for the RISD in Rome: EHP and the reason for your interest in working within Rome, Italy and Europe.
b. Demonstrate your commitment and interest in interdisciplinary approaches to studio work.
c. Communicate how you image this independent studio-based program benefitting the development of your art and design practice.
d. Speak to your ability to succeed within a studio environment, with site-specific resources and in a multidisciplinary context, beyond the reliance on particular equipment and/or materials.
2. Two letters of recommendation from RISD Faculty you have had within the last year (requested and sent through Reference section in Slate)
3. Approval from Department Head and Academic Advisor (requested and sent through Reference section in Slate) (If your Department Head and Academic Advisor are the same person, both approvals will be sent as one. Department Head/Academic Advisor cannot provide a faculty recommendation.)
4. Terms of Agreement Form: an agreement setting the standard for appropriate behavior. Scan the signed form and upload through Slate.
5. A selection of 10-15 images of your work. These images may reflect projects you would like to pursue while in Rome, or your strongest, most recent major and non major-related work. Include descriptions of each image, the work’s title, medium, and dimensions.
6. Passport photo page
Sign in to Slate at the following link to submit your application:
The Selection Process
The European Honor Program Faculty Committee members review and approve students’ applications. As part of the selection, the committee pays particular attention to the students’ statement of interest and portfolio. The aim of the committee is to bring together a diverse and cross-departmental group of students each semester.
In order to study abroad in Italy for the semester, a valid passport and Italian visa are required. RISD Global will facilitate the visa process in collaboration with the student. The EHP Student Handbook acts as an invaluable resource, providing vital information on everything from the preliminary processes to your time in Rome.
Please review the RISD Course Announcements for detailed course descriptions here.
The fall semester program is composed of 16 weeks, starting the first week of September and closing in the 3rd week of December.
During the first week, orientation and introductory training are conducted.
Starting from the second week, the studio classes, together with the Art History and the Italian classes begin. In the 6 credit Studio Elective, each student develops a personal body of work. The Chief Critic guides the students and defines the specific class schedule. The 3 credits Art History class, lead by the director Ezio Genovesi, meets twice a week for 2 hours, and the Friday meeting is based on an historical city tour and exploration. The 3 credits Italian Language and Culture class meets twice a week for 2 hours. Week 8 focuses on mid-term review.
After 11 weeks, these classes finish, and the students will have a week of independent travel, during week 12.
In the last four weeks, in the 3 credits Studio Concentration, students complete the work they begin in the Studio Elective culminating in a final exhibition and review that concludes the program.
Each fall semester, one or more tours are offered to introduce students to other cities and regions in Italy, and/or Europe.
The spring semester program is composed of 20 weeks, starting the second week of January and concluding in the final week of May.
During the first week, orientation and introductory training are conducted.
Starting from the second week, the studio classes, together with the Art History and the Italian classes begin. In the 6 credit Studio Elective each student develops a personal body of work. The chief critic guides the students and define the specific class schedule. The 3 credits Art History class, lead by the director Ezio Genovesi, meets twice a week for 2 hours, and the Friday meeting is based on an historical city tour and exploration. The 3 credits Italian Language and Culture class meets twice a week for 2 hours. Week 8 focuses on mid-term review.
After 13 weeks, these classes finish and the students will have a week of independent travel.
In the last 6 weeks, in the 6 credits Studio Concentration, students complete the work they begin in the Studio Elective culminating in a final exhibition and review that concludes the program.
Each spring semester, one or more tours are offered to introduce students to other cities and regions in Italy, and/or Europe.