Every year, RISD faculty from different departments choose to incorporate an off-campus global travel component within their regular studio, seminar, or course during Fall and Spring semester.
The global field trip occurs during Fall or Spring break, and all students registered for the class are usually required to participate in the travel.
These fall and spring courses and studios have an earlier registration timeline to allow students who are not selected to pursue regular on-campus courses. Additional costs covering all travel expenses will be required at the moment of registration for the studio, seminar, or course.
Global Field Trips - Spring 2018
3 credits (LAS-C792/HAVC-C792-01/HPSS-C792)
Mar. 22 - Apr. 1: Ghana (Accra, Cape Coast)
Faculty: Jonathan Highfield (RISD Literary Arts & Studies)
This course centers around the idea of dialogue between Barbados and Ghana, with Rhode Island serving as a hinge. Over the course of the semester, students will be looking at narratives and art emerging from Barbados and Ghana, enacting a dialogue between the two countries. READ MORE
6 credits (ARCH-21ST-08/INTAR-23ST-06/CER 4106)
Mar. 23 - 31: Morocco (Casablanca, Fez, and Marrakech)
This studio is part of a two-year collaboration between RISD and the Ministry for Handicrafts, Solidarity and Social Economy of Morocco. READ MORE
3 credits (DRAW-1537-01)
Mar. 22 - 30: Italy (Rome)
Faculty: Deborah Zlotsky (RISD Experimental & Foundation Studies)
The Artist in the City: Drawing in Providence and Rome, a 2018 spring semester course with a Rome travel component over March break, focuses on exploring ways to observe, document and respond to your environment. Throughout the semester, you are encouraged to appreciate the flexibility and richness of drawing and develop your understanding of drawing as a means to find your distinctive point of view as an artist in the city. READ MORE
3 credits (HAVC-H757-01)
Mar. 22 - 30: Italy (Rome)
Faculty: Suzanne Scanlan (RISD History of Art & Visual Culture)
This course investigates the role of the artist on The Grand Tour, a cultural pilgrimage through France and Italy made by British aristocrats during the 18th century. READ MORE
Global Field Trips - Fall 2017
6 credits (ARCH-21ST-05)
Nov. 22-26: Monterrey, Mexico
Faculty: Hansy Better Barraza (RISD Architecture), in collaboration with Roberto Pasini, Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM), Mexico
As RISD/UDEM Joint Architecture Studio, this course will explore the way in which the abstract idea of a "wall" separating Mexico and the United States can expand into a tri-dimensional space allowing for the performing of social and intersubjective activities. READ MORE
All students are required to remain in good academic standing in order to participate in the Global Field Trip travel. Failure to remain in good academic standing can lead to removal from the course, either before or during the course. Also in cases where Global Field Trips do not reach student capacity, the travel component may be cancelled after the last day oftravel registration. As such, all students are advised not to purchase flights for participation in Global Field Trips until the travel is confirmed, which happens within the week after the final Global Field Trip payment period.