Academic services

At RISD, students and faculty enjoy access to a wealth of services and resources for furthering research and studio practice. With general oversight from the Provost's Office and substantial input from deans and department heads, graduate program directors serve as primary points of contact for graduate students.

Degree candidates also work in close consultation with RISD's exceptional faculty on studio projects and issues related to research, scholarship and pedagogy. For grad students at the thesis stage, their committee chairs are invaluable sources of support and guidance.

Get in touch with your GPD

Current students with program-specific questions should email their graduate program director (GPD). For general inquiries about admission or enrollment, email the Admissions team at

Additional academic offices and services

Center for Arts & Language

Offering academic support and advocacy for communication in academic, professional and creative contexts, the Center for Arts & Language (A&L) fosters student development and efficacy in three areas—written, spoken and visual communication; multilingual learning; and student publications. A&L offers peer tutoring, staff advising, workshops, online and print resources, and a community where all forms of language are welcome.

College Building, Room 240
401 454-6486


Co-Works serves as an interdisciplinary fabrication lab and curricula incubator. Working with faculty and students to develop experimental courses and research, it offers a unique selection of digital and traditional making technologies and supports cross-departmental collaboration. Co-Works is committed to innovating strategies and building community for sharing ideas and resources across disciplines.

Fletcher, Ground Floor
401 709-8645

Disability Support Services

Disability Support Services (DSS) creates an accessible community at RISD that provides all students with the support needed to succeed academically The office works to accommodate students with cognitive (learning), psychological and/or physical disabilities.

DSS provides, arranges and coordinates appropriate and reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, obtains and maintains disability-related documents, determines eligibility for services and reasonable accommodations, and develops plans for implementing such accommodations.

Carr House, Floor 2
401 709-8460

Fleet Library at RISD

The RISD Library is a place for inquiry, inspiration and research, occupying the first and second floors of 15 West. There are collections of more than 150,000 books, exhibition catalogues and periodicals, as well as institutional archives, material samples, posters and clippings arranged by subject. The library provides access to a wide range of digital resources along with professional expertise and guidance.

15 West, Floor 1 and 2
401 709-5900

Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services (ITS) partners with members of the RISD community to power creativity by contributing valuable technical services and solutions.

123 Dyer Offices, Floor 1 and 2
401 454-6106

Media Resources

Media Resources provides students and departments with audio and visual assistance for projects, installations and meetings.

Auditorium, Floor 1
401 454-6129

Registrar's office

The Registrar's office keeps and maintains academic records and assists students, faculty and staff with information about enrollment, registration, grading and related matters.

20 Washington Place, Floor 1
401 454-6151

RISD Global

Through online and on- and off-campus events and learning opportunities, RISD Global is a hub for discourse around global issues and the development and support of global learning. The office facilitates access to opportunities such as the European Honors Program in Rome, Wintersession travel/study courses and International Exchange options in 26 countries, as well as in the US and Canada.

20 Washington Place, Floor 3
401 454-6725

RISD Research

RISD Research sustains the school’s culture of inquiry by offering a platform for research initiatives; by providing opportunities for programming, training and publication; and by encouraging collaboration among students and faculty.

20 Washington Place, Floor 3
401 454-4972

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