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.
*At this time all WS applications are closed except: Mexico and Portugal
Students can apply to one course only, and are required to attend at least one info session to complete their application. Accepted students will be notified not later than October 8th. Once accepted, the 2-week registration/payment period will start by October 9th.
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) | Jan 3 - Feb 3
Portugal contains a wide range of socio-ecological regions and configurations, including large cityscapes, Atlantic coasts, mountainous regions, agricultural landscapes, marine ecologies, petrocultural landscapes, and tourist infrastructures. Students will spend four weeks in Portugal and will use the methodologies of design for the built environment, the fine arts, the environmental humanities, mapping, and writing to investigate overlapping networks of biological, geological, and cultural heritage. READ MORE
6 credits (HAVC-W135/HPSS-W235) | Jan 3-6 RISD / Jan 7-Feb 2 Mexico
This travel course will include over a week in Mexico City and is designed to introduce students to the history and the arts of the country from pre-Columbian time to the contemporary arts context. Students will visit Puebla, famous for its architectural ceramics work; Oaxaca, famous for its textile villages and Zapotec archaeological site; and Tehuantepec, famous for its textile production and important market places. READ MORE
6 credits (LAS-W717/SCI-W097) | Jan 4 - Jan 11 RISD / Jan 12 - Feb 2 Guyana
In this course students will explore the artistic, cultural, economic, and scientific role of biodiversity in today's society, using Guyana - a biodiverse English-speaking Caribbean nation - as a case study. Over the course of three weeks in Guyana students will participate in conservation science field research, interact cross-culturally, and connect ideas, information, and methodologies across the arts, humanities, and sciences, with an
emphasis on biology. READ MORE
6 credits (LDAR-W625/LAS-W725) | Jan 3 - Feb 6
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. Students will engage this compelling city and its environment through the twinned graphic practices of drawing and writing, with particular attention given to the mediums of panoramic landscape, scientific illustration, philosophical speculation and fictional narrative. READ MORE
6 credits (PRINT-4525/HAVC-W525) | Jan 4 - Jan 27
This course is an in-depth exploration of Tokyo and the 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. Returning to Providence, students will spend an intensive week creating a final project using the paper they have made that reflects on their experiences in Japan. READ MORE
3 credits (PHOTO-W651-01) | Jan 6 - Feb 6
Faculty: Thalassa Raasch (RISD Photography)
Paris and its environs will be the catalyst for inspiring students of all levels of photography to begin or to continue to develop technical skills and to explore personal visions. Over a period of five weeks, students will come to know well the magnificent city of Paris with its abundant museums, significant architecture, atmospheric parks and intimate cafes. The study of photography in Paris is sure to have an impact on the creative life of students in immeasurable ways! READ MORE
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All students are required to remain in good standing at RISD, in terms of finances, conduct, and academics, in order to participate in the WS travel course/studio. Failure to remain in good standing can lead to removal from the course, either before or during the course.
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)
Did not run due to changes in the political climate.