Summer program info

A number of graduate programs begin in the summer. If you’re enrolled in a program listed below, be sure to review the following information regarding schedules, housing, materials and associated tuition and fees.

Summer programs include a brief orientation to the RISD community but incoming students participating in summer study are also asked to attend the in-depth orientation programs held before the start of the fall semester.

If you have further questions about summer study, please contact your graduate program director.

Specific programs beginning in summer

MArch (three-year program)

MArch students in the three-year program begin their studies in the summer. This summer session is part of the curriculum and provides an opportunity to build creative capacity and establish relationships with department faculty as they transition to graduate study at RISD.

A team of faculty that includes the MArch graduate program director teach three studios: Drawing, Design and Spatial Dynamics. These interrelated courses each touch on the discursive language of architecture, digital workflows, contemporary issues of representation and image, and the capacity for architecture to engage techniques and concepts from allied artistic disciplines. Along the way, students make use of the department’s wood shop and digital fabrication resources.


Estimated tuition*: $6,800
Estimated housing and dining costs* (graduate students are not required to live in campus housing during this program but a full board plan with unlimited Met access is required for students living on campus)

*Tentative until final approval is granted by the Board of Trustees at the end of February.

Additionally, the estimated cost of materials for the summer program is $500–$800, depending on your assignments. Supplies are available at the risd:store, the risd:store 3D and at other art and hardware stores in the area.

Your enrollment deposit of $500 is applied as partial payment for summer tuition. The balance of charges for your summer enrollment will be billed during the course of the program.


Thursday, June 13: Residence halls open (for domestic and international students)
Thursday, June 13–Saturday, June 15: Summer Program Orientation (detailed schedule forthcoming)
Monday, June 17: Summer program classes begin
Friday, July 26: Summer program classes end
Saturday, July 27: RISD summer housing closes

Contact information

Please address questions about the MArch summer session to
Carl Lostritto
Graduate Program Director