The Wintersession Travel Courses are designed to give art and design students the opportunity to embed themselves in a new cultural context, to learn from artists and designers in that country and region, and to develop their practice in an environment outside of RISD’s Providence campus.
Course specific info sessions for Wintersession travel courses 2019 will take place around campus in the month of September, 2018. All dates will be scheduled and posted here in early September.
Students will be required to apply for the WS Travel Course of their choice by early October and the leading faculty will select the final list of students. Once accepted, the 2-week registration period will be starting by mid October. Being an earlier registration process, all students who aren't accepted for the WS Travel Courses are still eligible for all on-campus WS courses.
Need-based scholarship will be available for RISD students and will be assigned before registration opens, in order to facilitate enrollment and allow students who need funding to plan accordingly.
RISD Wintersession Travel Courses 2019
6 credits (INTAR-1512/LAEL-W512)
Located on the western edge of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal contains a wide range of socio-ecological regions and configurations, including large cityscapes, western and southern Atlantic coasts, mountainous regions, agricultural landscapes, marine ecologies, petrocultural landscapes, and tourist infrastructures. READ MORE
6 credits (HAVC-W135/HPSS-W235)
This travel course to Mexico is designed to introduce students to the history and the arts of the country from pre-Columbian time to the contemporary arts context. READ MORE
6 credits (LAS-W717/SCI-W097)
In this course students will explore the artistic, cultural, economic, and scientific role of biodiversity in today's society. READ MORE
6 credits (LDAR-W625/LAS-W725)
Vedi Napoli e poi muori ("See Naples and then die") was a common expression, echoed most famously on his grand tour by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, to identify Naples as the most naturally and artistically beautiful city in the world; so beautiful that one needn't look upon anything else after seeing it. READ MORE
6 credits (PRINT-4525/HAVC-W525)
This course and its co-requisite are an in-depth exploration of the Tokyo and historic Kansai region to see and draw the most important Shinto, Buddhist and secular sites in Japan, and to couple that visual exploration with 9 days of paper making in rural Tokushima on Shikoku Island. READ MORE
All students are required to remain in good academic standing in order to participate in the WS travel course/studio. Failure to remain in good academic standing can lead to removal from the course, either before or during the course. Also in cases where WS travel courses and studios do not reach student capacity, the course may be cancelled after the last day of Wintersession travel course registration. As such, all students are advised not to purchase flights for participation in Wintersession travel courses until the course is confirmed to run, which happens within the week after the final Wintersession travel course registration period.
Past 2018 Wintersession Travel Courses
Japan: Contemporary Works and Their Execution
Silvia Acosta (RISD Architecture) & Yoko Inoue (RISD Ceramics)
Portugal: Material Practices
Laura Briggs (RISD Architecture) & Nicole Merola (RISD LAS)
Canada: Haida Made
Patricia Johnson (RISD Furniture Design)
Italy: Renaissance Painting Techniques/Perugia to Venice
Richard Gann (RISD Illustration) & Pascale Rihouet (RISD History of Art and Visual Culture)
Morocco: Crafting the City
Eduardo Duarte (RISD Interior Architecture) & Leora Maltz-Leca (RISD History of Art and Visual Culture)
France: Photography in Paris
Anna Strickland (RISD Photography) & Thalassa Raasch (RISD Photography)
Cuba: History, Culture, and Printmaking
Megan Foster (RISD Printmaking)