RISD Global provides the RISD community with diverse opportunities for global learning and cross cultural exchange. Our course offerings are constantly adapting to student needs, current events, and art and design. Please review the catalogue below of past course offerings as you consider studying abroad with RISD Global.
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 2018 are currently taking place around campus. Go here for a full list of times and locations.
The 2-week registration period will be starting on October 10th. Being an earlier registration process, all students who aren't accepted for the WS travel courses are still eligible for all WS courses on campus.
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 2018
6 credits (ARCH-1505 + CER-1505-01)
Jan 2.-Feb. 6: Kyoto and Naoshima
Temples and shrines, tranquil gardens, traditional crafts, and music—these are all things that should not be missed when visiting the city of Kyoto and the island of Naoshima in Japan. READ MORE
6 credits (ARCH/IDISC-1584-01 + LAEL-1584-01)
Jan. 7-Feb. 2: Lisbon
Although separated by the Atlantic Ocean, Providence and surrounding New England towns have deep ties to Portugal. An influx of immigrants from Portugal, who settled in New England in the late-18th century, links the two regions. READ MORE
3 credits (FURN-1543-01)
Jan. 3 -12: British Columbia + Jan. 15-Feb. 7: RISD
Faculty: Patricia Johnson (RISD Furniture Design)
This course offers students an opportunity to study and explore the traditional knowledge and practices of the Haida in the Pacific Northwest of Canada. The Haida are a Native community particularly rich in creative culture and history. READ MORE
6 credits (ILLUS-1501 + HAVC-1501-01)
Jan. 3-18: RISD + Jan. 19-Feb. 4: Venice, Perugia, Florence
Late Medieval and in particular the painting of the Italian High Renaissance represents what might be considered the largest, most coherent, and instructive body of representational and narrative painting. READ MORE
6 credits (INTAR-1511 + HAVC-1511-01)
Jan. 2-Feb. 2: Fez + Feb. 3-6: RISD
In this studio course RISD students will engage with the reciprocity between craftsmanship and the adaptation of the built environment in the context of artisan economies. READ MORE
6 credits (PHOTO-W651-01)
Jan. 4-Feb. 5: Paris
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. READ MORE
3 credits (PRINT-1500-01)
Jan. 6-24: Havana + Jan. 25-Feb. 7: RISD
Faculty: Megan Foster (RISD Printmaking)
This travel course is designed to familiarize students with Cuban history, culture and art. Visits to museums, artists’ studios, printshops and cultural centers in and around Havana will complement studio work. READ MORE