Events and webinars

Throughout the year Graduate Studies hosts webinars and virtual events that bring together the graduate student community and connect them to the wide variety of resources available at RISD—both on campus and online. Virtual exhibition openings, artist talks and social events are complemented by sessions focused on essential academic services, career guidance and other forms of support to help ensure student success at RISD and after graduation.

Students are also encouraged to find others of interest on RISD’s events calendar and on If you have questions about upcoming events, please email

Note: You will need to sign into Zoom using your RISD credentials to access most events below.

Tuesday, September 1

Graduate Studies Welcome Q+A

An overview of welcome week programming and helpful resources to kick off the fall semester, hosted by the Graduate Studies Office.

Wednesday, September 2

RISD Museum: Graduate Student Resource Orientation

Explore digital and gallery resources, along with graduate student opportunities, with Public and Academic Program staff members Alexandra Poterack and Deb Clemons. The presentation covers research basics, professional options and opportunities for students to share creative practices.

Fleet Library: Orientation for Graduate Students

Learn about the many resources the Fleet Library has to offer both remote and on-campus graduate students. The presentation reviews how to access the library's collections and find the support you need for your research.

CoWorks: Introduction for Graduate Students

Meet CoWorks Director David Kim and learn about the tools, training and interdisciplinary skill-building opportunities that CoWorks provides for both remote and on-campus graduate students.

Thursday, September 3

Center for Arts & Language: Graduate Student Info Session

The Center for Arts & Language is a college-wide resource offering academic support and advocacy for effective and expressive communication at the many intersections of arts and language. Hear A&L Director Jen Liese share information about the important resources and services the center offers for grad students, including tutoring in writing, public speaking and visual communication, as well as English language support for multilingual students.

RISD Careers: Info Session for Graduate Students

Meet the RISD Careers team and learn how graduate students can benefit from our services from the start of your time here. This webinar introduces you to the resources and events RISD’s career center offers graduate students, both on-campus and remote.

Friday, September 4

Office of International Student Services (OISS): Employment for International Graduate Students

Join OISS to learn about the important requirements and process for international graduate students to secure legal employment while studying at RISD.

Nature Lab: Info Session for Graduate Students

Join the Nature Lab team to learn how graduate students can access this campus resource this semester, whether you are on campus or remote. The session will cover the Nature Lab’s online and in-person services, including an extensive natural history collection, biomaterials advice, sustainability tools, 3D scanning, GIS and photography.

Tuesday, September 8


A ceremony to welcome new students. Academic department orientations will also take place throughout the day.


Wednesday, September 9

Intro to RISD Global for Graduate Students

In this session, new and returning graduate students will learn about the many opportunities for global engagement available through RISD Global, the college’s hub for global learning and academic engagement in art and design education. The RISD Global team will share information about off-campus programs, partnerships, initiatives, research assistantships and off-campus co-teaching opportunities, and guide you in exploring all available resources to grad students both on campus and remotely.

Monday, October 19

RISD Museum x Grad Studies: Multidisciplinary Museum Experiences

This informal discussion session offers insight into RISD Museum initiatives and projects and about how graduate students can engage with the museum. Bring observations and questions from your own digital exploration of to the conversation.