English for Art & Design

English for Art & Design is a 1-credit summer course that provides incoming graduate students with a linguistic, cultural and academic foundation for advanced study. Connecting students across all disciplines, the course serves as an introduction to academic culture in the United States.

This is not a traditional language class; all course materials are drawn from the academic fields, work, and interests surrounding graduate study at RISD. It consists of live sessions, individual meetings with the instructor, and independent and interactive coursework, for a weekly time commitment of 10-15 hours.

English for Art & Design is taught by Maya Krinsky and Maria Thompson from RISD’s Center for Arts & Language, which fosters linguistic efficacy and agency across written, spoken, visual and multilingual forms.