As a core part of its mission to educate artists, designers, architects, scholars, and leaders to make lasting contributions to a global society, RISD is committed to developing ever-relevant off-campus global learning opportunities. Between 2016-2018, RISD ran 18 Global Summer Studies that engaged RISD & non-RISD students with art and design practice in multiple parts of the world, from Iceland and Germany to Japan, from South Africa to Italy and Ireland. Over 200 participants enrolled in RISD Global Summer Programs in the last 3 years, and RISD Faculty engaged in different disciplines such as photography, industrial design, architecture, printmaking, illustration and drawing around 4 different continents.
All students are invited to attend a launch event for
Global Summer Studies on campus
Wednesday, January 16th at 6:30PM
at RISD Global (20 Washington Place, Room 321)
Brief overviews of each course will be presented by faculty.
RISD Global Summer Studies are 3-week long art & design courses led by RISD faculty, open to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at RISD or in other art and design colleges or institutions around the world, as well as professionals practicing in the field.
All courses offer 3 RISD credits from the specific RISD department where the faculty is currently teaching.
The courses have very limited capacity (maximum enrollment per course is 14 students for global destinations and 16 students for the RISD site in Rome) and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested students can save their spot through a $1500 deposit at the time of registration. All faculty will lead course infosessions on RISD’s campus starting in January.
For additional information on how to register for a RISD Global Summer Study,
please check our “How to register” section, on the left menu.
Global Summer Studies 2019 _ Course Details
Dana D’Amico (Faculty, RISD Industrial Design)
Italy: Rome. June 6-27, 2019 (3 weeks)
3 credits, RISD Industrial Design
Drinking is something we all do…from coffee to water and wine or all of the above. How and where we drink is determined by our culture on some level. Whether Espresso or Frappaccino, there are rituals, cultural norms and cues that determine not only what and how we drink, most importantly what we are drinking from. READ MORE
Robert Brinkerhoff (Faculty, RISD Illustration, Dean of RISD Fine Arts division)
Italy: Rome. June 29 - July 20, 2019 (3 weeks)
3 credits, RISD Illustration
This three-week course brings together artistic practice that is inspired by great literature and study of Dante Alighieri’s 14th century poem, L’Inferno—an enduring model for our conception of Hell. Taught in Rome at Palazzetto Cenci, with trips to Orvieto and Dante’s home city of Florence, the class will include lectures by Dante scholars, critical dialogue with knowledgeable guest artists, and tours of relevant historical and cultural sites. READ MORE
Lucy Spelman (Faculty, RISD History, Philosophy, & the Social Sciences)
South Africa: Hoedspruit. June 16 - July 6, 2019 (3 weeks)
3 credits, RISD Liberal Arts Elective
For artists, designers, and science communicators interested in biodiversity studies, endangered species protection, and human-animal-environmental health interactions. Students in this three-week travel course to South Africa will learn how to apply their art/design/science communication skills to improve conservation outcomes. READ MORE
Laura Briggs (Faculty, RISD Architecture)
Azores: Ponta Delgada & Ribeira Grande. June 3-24, 2019 (3 weeks)
3 credits, RISD Architecture
The volcanic archipelago of the Azores, situated along the mid-Atlantic Ocean ridge, will be the location and context for this three-week course. Because of its dramatic natural beauty, the Azores was designated as a UNESCO’s Global “Geoparks”, a network established to protect biodiversity, promote geological heritage and support sustainable economic growth. READ MORE
Nathaniel Smith (Faculty, RISD Furniture)
Denmark: Copenhagen. June 11-July 2, 2019 (3 weeks)
3 credits, RISD Furniture Design
Located in the heart of Copenhagen this course is a three week immersion in the world of New Nordic design with a focus on Denmark. Denmark is the forefront of design and sustainability. READ MORE
Please note: This course has reached max capacity. Please contact the Registrar to be notified if a spot opens up. Scholarship applications are still being accepted.
Avishek Ganguly (Faculty, RISD Literary Arts + Studies)
Germany: Berlin. July 8-29, 2019 (3 weeks)
3 credits, RISD Liberal Arts
In this course we will examine the theatrical and performative nature of history and public memory in post-war Berlin, Germany as part of an ongoing process of working through the city’s traumatic and violent recent pasts. READ MORE
Daniel Heyman (Faculty, RISD Printmaking)
Japan: Kyoto & Tokushima. June 5-26, 2018 (3 weeks)
3 credits, RISD Printmaking
This studio component of Japan: Papermaking and Puppet Theater combines the traditional craft of Nagashi-zuki papermaking at the Awagami Paper Factory with set décor production at 2 different traditional puppet theaters on Shikoku Island -- Awa Jurobe Yashiki (Puppet Theatre and Museum, Tokushima City) and Ono-Sakura no Butai Theatre (Kamiyama town, Tokushima). READ MORE
For more detailed information on past Global Summer Studies:
Summer 2018 - click here,