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.
RISD Global Summer Studies 2019 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. Balance will be due by March 31st.
If you are on campus, we encourage you to attend the course infosessions led by faculty.
See all scheduled infosessions HERE
Travel scholarships are available for RISD students. Application closes on February 22, 2019.
More info + to apply, click HERE
Global Summer Studies 2019 : Course Details
Laura Briggs (Faculty, RISD Architecture), 3 credits, RISD Architecture
Azores: Ponta Delgada & Ribeira Grande. June 3-24, 2019 (3 weeks)
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
Avishek Ganguly (Faculty, RISD Literary Arts + Studies). 3 credits, RISD Liberal Arts
Germany: Berlin. July 8-29, 2019 (3 weeks)
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
Dana D’Amico (Faculty, RISD Industrial Design). 3 credits, RISD Industrial Design
Italy: Rome. June 6-27, 2019 (3 weeks)
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). 3 credits, RISD Illustration
Italy: Rome. June 29 - July 20, 2019 (3 weeks)
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). 3 credits, RISD Liberal Arts Elective. South Africa: Hoedspruit. June 16 - July 6, 2019 (3 weeks)
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
Nathaniel Smith (Faculty, RISD Furniture). 3 credits, RISD Furniture Design
Denmark: Copenhagen. June 11-July 2, 2019 (3 weeks)
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
Daniel Heyman (Faculty, RISD Printmaking). 3 credits, RISD Printmaking
Japan: Kyoto & Tokushima. June 5-26, 2018 (3 weeks)
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
Global Summer Studies Past
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.