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.
Among summer 2016 and 2017, RISD ran 13 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 Korea to Italy and Ireland. Over 200 partipants enrolled in RISD Global Summer Programs in the last 2 years, and RISD Faculty engaged in different disciplines such as photography, industrial design,architecture, printmaking, illustrationand drawing around 3 different continents.
Global Summer Studies 2018
For summer 2018, RISD Global launches a new set of Global Summer Studies, 3/4 week studio courses led by RISD faculty. All courses offer 3 credits from specific RISD departments and are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis and have limited capacity.
Registration is open until April 8th, 2018 and it's on a first-come, first-serve basis. To secure their spot, all participants must complete and submit the registration form and pay a 1.500$ non-refundable deposit. All remaning payments must be received by on April 8th. Any late registration submitted after March 11th, 2018 will require full payment.
All information on the registration process can be found here.
General Infosession: Wednesday Jan 17th, 5.30pm at RISD Global (Prov Wash, 321)
On Wednesday, January 17th at 5.30pm, a general infosession will be held at RISD Global (Prov Wash, 321) in which all RISD faculty will present their courses.
Faculty-lead info sessions will be scheduled on RISD's campus during January - March 2018. Please refer to the single course description to find date and time.
RISD Global is available for 1:1 advising sessions that can be scheduled here.
RISD Global will also hold weekly group advising sessions on RISD's campus: from Jan 31th to March 14th, every Wednesday at noon @ RISD GLOBAL (Prov Wash 321).
Images from previous editions of Global Summer Studies
Susan Doyle (Faculty and Department Head, RISD Illustration)
Italy: RISD site in Rome. June 6-27, 2018 (3 weeks)
3 credits, RISD Illustration
When we speak of Rome it’s often in the context of world history. Its very name conjures images of grand landmarks emblematic of the foundations of Western culture; structures like the Coliseum, the Forum and the Pantheon. READ MORE
Paul Soulellis (Faculty, RISD Graphic Design)
Italy: RISD site in Rome. June 29 - July 19, 2018 (3 weeks)
3 credits, RISD Graphic Design
The wild urban landscape of Rome and a vibrant artists’ community will form our backdrop for on-site experimental making, engaging with public, and “performing publishing.” READ MORE
Elettra Bordonaro (Faculty, RISD Architecture)
UK: London. July 8-29, 2018 (3 weeks)
3 credits, RISD Architecture
In collaboration with research group Configuring Light at London School of Economics and Peabody. This course is aimed at urban design, planning and architecture students and designed to foster social research skills and awareness within lighting design and planning. READ MORE
Nathaniel Smith (Faculty, RISD Furniture)
Denmark: Copenhagen. June 11-30, 2018 (3 weeks)
3 credits, RISD Furniture Design
This course located in the heart of Copenhagen is a three week immersion in the world of New Nordic design with a focus on Denmark. Denmark is at the forefront of design and sustainability. READ MORE
Lucy Spelman (Faculty, RISD History, Philosophy, & the Social Sciences)
South Africa: Hoedspruit. June 17 - July 7, 2018 (3 weeks)
3 credit, RISD Liberal Arts
For artists and designers interested in animals, nature, environmental studies, and human-wildlife conflict. Taught by conservationist, educator, writer, and veterinarian Dr. Lucy Spelman, this 3-credit (Liberal Arts) course gives students a first-hand look at saving species from a problems/solutions perspective. READ MORE
Robert Brinkerhoff (Faculty, RISD Illustration, Dean of RISD Fine Arts division )
Ireland: The Burren, Dublin. June 16- July 14, 2018 (4 weeks)
3 credits, RISD Illustration
No one tells a story like the Irish, and Irish narrative tradition walks a fine line between fantasy and reality—between myth, folklore and history. This four-week course, based in the studios of the Burren College of Art in Western Ireland, will explore Irish myth and legend as fodder for illustrated work. READ MORE
Khipra Nichols (Faculty, RISD Industrial Design)
Japan: Tokyo. July 20 - August 11, 2018 (3 weeks)
3 credits, RISD Industrial Design
We will practice the traditional Japanese, brazed chromoly steel, handmade bike building process via an apprenticeship approach to learning. The experience can cultivate a heightened sensitivity to precision, a careful consideration to detail, and the simple manifestation beauty in an efficient, functional object. READ MORE
Past 2017 Global Summer Studies
RISD in ROME: Maps and Stories
Gabriel Feld, Professor, Architecture, RISD & Ezio Genovesi, Director, RISD in Rome.
RISD in ROME: Sensing The City
Paolo Cardini, Associate Professor, Industrial Design, RISD & Diane Derr, Associate Professor, VCUArts -Qatar.
Iceland: Artistic Practice in 24-Hour Light
Paul Soulellis, Assistant Professor, Graphic Design, RISD.
Ireland: Illustrating Myths and Legends in the Burren
Robert Brinkerhoff, Professor, Illustration, RISD.
Japan: Book Shaping and Visual Ideas
Daniel Heyman, Senior Critic, Printmaking, RISD.
South Korea: Housing Hybrids
Rafael Luna, Critic, Interior Architecture, RISD.
For more detailed information on past programs click here.