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.

On-campus summer programs kick off 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. Orientation schedules will be updated over the course of the summer.

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

Specific programs beginning in summer

MArch (three-year program)
Architecture

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.

Costs

Tuition: $6,851
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)
Health insurance: $327 (students enrolled in a comparable US-based health insurance policy may elect to waive RISD's student health insurance policy. Visit universityhealthplans.com for details.)

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.

Schedule

Thursday, June 13: Residence halls open (for domestic and international students)
Thursday, June 13–Saturday, June 15: Summer Program Orientation
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
archgrad@risd.edu

MA in Interior Architecture / Adaptive Reuse (one-year+ program)
Interior Architecture

Students pursuing an MA in Adaptive Reuse begin their graduate studies by participating in a summer program run by RISD and the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) in Copenhagen, Denmark. This seven-week program commences on June 12 (for full schedule, see below).

Students will be required to achieve a total of 45 credits at RISD to graduate in June 2020, of which nine will be required for the RISD/DIS course. The studio experience will include a local study tour, and one week-long tour through Sweden—Finland, or Sweden—Norway, the cost of which is included in the tuition fee. Upon acceptance of this offer, there will be no further consideration of transfers of credit from your previous degree. Summer program credits are part of the overall degree and are non-negotiable. There will be no waiver from the requirement to acquire these summer credits.


Costs

RISD/DIS summer program tuition: $11,250
Housing in Copenhagen: $3,080
Total: $14,330

Payment due May 1.

Schedule

Tuesday, June 11: Students arrive in Copenhagen
Wednesday, June 12: RISD/DIS summer program begins
Friday, July 26: Classes end
Friday, August 2: Housing closes

Participating students should arrange all necessary visas (Schengen and US) as soon as possible.

Contact information

Please address questions about the RISD/DIS summer program to:

Wendy Abelson
Department Coordinator
401 454-6272
wabelson@risd.edu

MDes in Interior Studies / Exhibition + Narrative Environments (two-year+ program)
Interior Architecture

Enrollment will begin with participation in the MDes in Interior Studies/Exhibition + Narrative Summer Program in Providence. Students will be required to achieve a total of 75 credits at RISD to graduate in June 2021. Nine of the total course credit requirements for the overall degree will be earned for the RISD summer courses. There will be no waiver from the requirement to acquire the nine summer credits. The summer program will be conducted in three, two-week modules: Module 1 Spatial Investigations; Module 2 Existing Construct; Module 3 Transformation.


Costs

Upon acceptance of your offer of admission, you will be billed for the following summer program cost:

Summer program tuition: $8,775
Housing: $2,200
Dining: $1,280 (required if you're living on campus)
Health insurance: $327 (students enrolled in a comparable US-based health insurance policy may elect to waive RISD's student health insurance policy. Visit universityhealthplans.com for details.)
Total: $12,582

Schedule

Thursday, June 13–16: Summer Program Orientation
Monday, June 17: Classes begin
Friday, July 26: Classes end
Saturday, July 27: Summer housing closes

Contact information

Please address questions about the MDes summer program to:

Wendy Abelson
Department Coordinator
401 454-6272
wabelson@risd.edu

MDes in Interior Studies / Adaptive Reuse (two-year+ program)
Interior Architecture

Enrollment will begin with participation in the MDes Interior Studies/Adaptive Reuse Summer Program in Providence. Students will be required to achieve a total of 75 credits at RISD to graduate in June 2021. Nine of the total course credit requirements for the overall degree will be earned for the RISD summer courses. There will be no waiver from the requirement to acquire the nine summer credits. Upon acceptance of this offer, there will be no further consideration of transfers of credit from any previous degree. The summer program will be conducted in three, two-week modules: Module 1: Spatial Investigations; Module 2: Existing Construct; Module 3: Transformation.

Costs

Upon acceptance of their offer of admission, each student will be billed for the following summer program costs:

Summer program tuition: $8,775
Housing: $2,200
Dining: $1,280
Health insurance: $327 (students enrolled in a comparable US-based health insurance policy may elect to waive RISD's student health insurance policy. Visit universityhealthplans.com for details.)

Total: $12,582

Schedule

Thursday, June 13–16: Summer Program Orientation
Monday, June 17: Classes begin
Friday, July 26: Classes end
Saturday, July 27: Summer housing closes

Contact information

Please address questions about the MDes summer program to:

Wendy Abelson
Department Coordinator
401 454-6272
wabelson@risd.edu

MLA I + II (two- + three- year programs)
Landscape Architecture

Summer Design Foundation/Field Ecology

At RISD, design with the land begins with an understanding of the materials, systems and processes—both cultural and environmental—that have shaped and continue to shape the environment that we inhabit. The summer preparatory course introduces studio-based conceptual design thinking together with skill development (drawing and model making) and foundational ecological studies. The course offers students building blocks to prepare them for fall semester studio, lecture courses and seminars.

Studio work includes two and three-dimensional exercises through which students become familiar with the materials, tools and language of design. Projects emphasize the development of critical drawing and model making methodologies. Design processes and conceptualization will be integrated into these short studio exercises. Individual presentations will spur group discussion and prepare students for the studio environment where collegial interaction and faculty/student critique are crucial tools in communicating and evolving design ideas.

Ecological principles will be studied through the use of these design tools. Form, structure, systems, process and time-based transformation will be analyzed through local field trips and studio-based analysis of ecosystems. Methods of analysis and interpretation include measurement, field documentation, mapping, conceptual thinking and on-site drawing. The intent of the ecological component is to strengthen students’ observational and analytical skills and to foster an environmental ethic through the understanding of the geology, plant communities and geomorphology of the landscape.

The foundations course introduces students to the diverse range of faculty and guest critics who will be an integral part of the RISD educational experience.

SCHEDULE

Sunday, August 4: Residence halls open for students not attending the July 29–Aug 2 English for Art & Design intensive
Monday, August 5: Classes begin
Friday, August 30: Classes end

COSTS

Tuition: $2,350 (6 credits)
Health insurance: $327 (students enrolled in a comparable US-based health insurance policy may elect to waive RISD's student health insurance policy. Visit universityhealthplans.com for details.)
Total: $2,677

Tuition includes the cost of field trips, transportation and most of the tools and materials you will need for the course and your first semester at RISD.

English for Art & Design

English for Art & Design is a one-week intensive course for incoming graduate students who are non-native English speakers or Multilingual Learners (MLLs). A structured “warmup” to their degree programs, it will support students in developing academic, studio and conversation skills in English. The immersive schedule includes content-based lessons based on lectures, studio visits, news articles, visits to campus resources and evening film screenings. Students will receive a workbook with resources on writing, reference lists for disciplinary terminology, readings and other materials. Primary objectives are for students to come away with new vocabulary, greater confidence in speaking and a practice-based introduction to some primary characteristics of American academic culture.

This course is highly recommended for international students who are entering RISD with English as a second language. In addition to providing a warmup to the summer program, the course introduces international students to the resources available at RISD to support them in their studies.

SCHEDULE

Sunday, July 28: Residence halls open
Monday, July 29: Class begins
Friday, August 2: Class ends

COST

Tuition: $600 (1 credit)

Housing information

MLA students are not required to live in RISD’s campus housing during this program. If you do choose to live on campus, you will be required to remain on campus through the fall semester and an additional housing fee for the semester will apply.

You can find out more about housing and estimated housing costs by emailing Residence Life or calling them at 401 454-6650.

MAT (one-year program)
Teaching + Learning in Art + Design

Students entering the Master of Arts in Teaching program begin their studies with a six-week summer session. By the first week of June, all accepted students will receive their MAT Program Handbook, which will act as a comprehensive guide to the program, including key dates such as fall/spring semester and wintersession start and end dates among other pertinent information. There are no additional tuition or supply purchase expenses required of incoming MAT students prior to the program’s start date of July 8.

Schedule

Monday, July 8: MAT Summer session begins
Friday, August 16: MAT Summer session ends

Costs

Health insurance: $327 (students enrolled in a comparable US-based health insurance policy may elect to waive RISD's student health insurance policy. Visit universityhealthplans.com for details.)

Contact information

Please address further questions about the MAT summer program to:

Sue McGuire
TLAD Department Administrative Coordinator
smcguire@risd.edu
401 454-6695

Dr. Paul Sproll
TLAD Department Head
psproll@risd.edu
401 454-6312/6695