Rome: Illustrating Dante's Inferno
Rome, Italy 2019

Lead a Global Field Trip

Global field trips are travel learning experiences embedded within on-campus studios, courses and seminar taught during Fall and Spring semester. They are led by RISD faculty and promoted through the department offering the course.

The global field trip occurs during Fall or Spring break, and all students registered for the class are required to participate in the travel.

These fall and spring courses and studios have an earlier registration timeline to allow students who are not selected to pursue regular on-campus courses. Additional costs covering all travel expenses must be published at least one semester prior to registration and will be required of students upon their registration for the studio, seminar, or course.

European Honors Program
Rome, Italy 2018
RISD in Rome: Artistic Practice in Public Space
Rome, Italy 2018

Past Global Field Trips Courses

Mexico: Un-Wall the Border

Challenging the idea of a ‘border wall’, by and large an abstract line of no thickness whereby only operations such as ‘separating’, ‘crossing’, ‘moving along’, etc. can be performed, the studio will try to expand the two-dimensionality of this notion into a tri-dimensional space.

Sweden and Denmark: Beyond Borders - Designing Resiliency for the Urban Landscape

This advanced option studio will address urban vulnerabilities and design strategies for climate adaptation for Providence and Malmö - two cities comparable in scale, location and climate vulnerability. Both are post-industrial port cities with populations between 150 and 300 thousand persons.

East Africa: Between Content and Container Vol. 3

At a moment when our cultural discourse is expounded through polarized media and heightened tribalism, we will be sampling from a series of architectural projects that were generated during the rise of multiculturalism. This studio examines the notion of architecture as the difference between content and container.

France: From Horizontal to Vertical

This Advanced Studio will be interdisciplinary - including the Departments of Interior Architecture (INTAR), Textiles, and Architecture. Students will focus on the articulation of interior acoustical surfaces - the design and prototyping of ceilings and other partitions.

Morocco: Advanced Studio - Pattern | Performance | Clay

This course will focus on the architectural relevance of ceramic craft in the construction of contemporary building components and products, and will study the use of clay through in depth research and a series of hands on experiments.

Germany: Advanced Studio - Crystal Clear

In this tabletop course sponsored by German crystal company Nachtmann, you will have an opportunity to visit glass factories in Germany and Austria to understand and learn directly from the manufacturers.

Of House and Home: Rethinking-Reworking, a Century of Korean Housing 1910-2010

Our Studio we will begin by studying the Hanok, the traditional Korean Home, considered in relation to its surroundings, land and seasons. We will see how House and Garden are an extension of habit, habitus, habitat, a sheltering within the genus loci.

Plan a Global Field Trip

  • Consider applying for a Global Engagement for Curricular Development grant to develop your research towards the studio/seminar and travel component.
  • Meet/speak with your department head if you are considering embedding a travel component into a future studio/seminar to assess their interest in supporting this departmental travel initiative.
  • Connect with RISD Global to understand the timeline for proposing and planning a global field trip as part of a studio/seminar for the following academic year, as well as the steps involved in leading a global field trip.
  • Department heads must approve the inclusion of a global field trip into an on-campus course and circulate the course proposal for to the appropriate Dean for final approval and notification to Academic Affairs. Please note: departments follow different practices for these field trips.
  • Once ready, faculty must work with their department head to complete a course proposal form and a draft syllabus (per the syllabus guidelines), itinerary and budget.
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RISD Global and the Dean of Faculty collaborate each year to support RISD faculty (full- and part-time) to develop globally engaged curriculum for on- or off-campus programs and courses.

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Adelaide, Australia

AUSTRALIA - Witness Tree Project: Memory, Place and Cultural Ecology

Winter 2020
Wintersession Travel Course
Furniture; History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences
Rome, Italy

European Honors Program - Spring 2020

Spring 2020
European Honors Program
RISD Global
Paris, France

FRANCE - Photography in Paris

Winter 2020
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Tokyo, Japan

JAPAN - Papers, Temples & Print

Winter 2020
Wintersession Travel Course
Printmaking; Theory and History of Art and Design
Oaxaca, Mexico

MEXICO - Color, Mestizaje & Design Futures

Winter 2020
Wintersession Travel Course
Textiles
Mexico City, Mexico

MEXICO - Pre-Columbian to Contemporary: Architecture & Crafts

Winter 2020
Wintersession Travel Course
Theory and History of Art and Design; History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences
Oaxaca, Mexico

MEXICO - Material Propositions: Oaxaca

Winter 2020
Wintersession Travel Course
Architecture
Rome, Italy

European Honors Program - Fall 2019

Fall 2019
European Honors Program
RISD Global
Rome, Italy; Florence, Italy; Orvieto, Italy; Assisi, Italy

RISD in ROME: Illustrating Dante's Inferno

Summer 2019
Summer Studies Travel Course
Illustration
Hoedspruit, South Africa

South Africa: Art and Science of Conservation

Summer 2019
Summer Studies Travel Course
History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences; Liberal Arts Elective
Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark: Design Seminar and Workshop

Summer 2019
Summer Studies Travel Course
Furniture
Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy

RISD in ROME: Drinking, the Italian Way - Re-Evaluating the Vessel

Summer 2019
Summer Studies Travel Course
Industrial Design
Kyoto, Japan; Tokushima, Japan

Japan: Papermaking and Puppet Theater

Summer 2019
Summer Studies Travel Course
Printmaking
Ponta Delgada, Portugal; Ribeira Grande, Portugal

Azores: Walk and Work with Wood

Summer 2019
Summer Studies Travel Course
Architecture; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture
Seoul, South Korea

Of House and Home: Rethinking-Reworking, a Century of Korean Housing 1910-2010

Spring 2019
Global Field Trip
Architecture
Rome, Italy

European Honors Program - Spring 2019

Spring 2019
European Honors Program
RISD Global
Paris, France

France: Photography in Paris

Winter 2019
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Surama, Guyana; Georgetown, Guyana

Guyana: Exploring Art and Science of Bio Diversity in Guyana

Winter 2019
Wintersession Travel Course
History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences; Literary Arts & Studies
Tokyo, Japan; Tokushima, Japan

Japan: Papers, Temples and Print

Winter 2019
Wintersession Travel Course
Printmaking; History of Art & Visual Culture
Lisbon, Portugal; Sines, Portugal; Évora, Portugal; Mértola, Portugal; Faro, Portugal

Portugal: Mapping Portugal: Bio-geo Cultural Heritages

Winter 2019
Wintersession Travel Course
Interior Architecture; Literary Arts & Studies; Liberal Arts Elective
Naples, Italy; Rome, Italy

Italy: See Naples and Die: Panorama and the Poetics of City

Winter 2019
Wintersession Travel Course
Landscape Architecture; Literary Arts & Studies
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico: History, Pre-Colonial, Colonial and Contemporary Arts

Winter 2019
Wintersession Travel Course
History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences; History of Art & Visual Culture
Munich, Germany; Weiden, Germany

Germany: Advanced Studio - Crystal Clear

Fall 2018
Global Field Trip
Industrial Design
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Providence, United States

Where is Africa?

Academic Year 2018
Global Faculty Fellowship
Architecture; RISD Global; RISD Museum
Rome, Italy

European Honors Program - Fall 2018

Fall 2018
European Honors Program
RISD Global
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo: Bike Building

Summer 2018
Summer Studies Travel Course
Industrial Design
Rome, Italy

RISD in ROME: Artistic Practice in Public Space

Summer 2018
Summer Studies Travel Course
Graphic Design
Hoedspruit, South Africa

South Africa: Art and Science of Conservation

Summer 2018
Summer Studies Travel Course
History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences; Liberal Arts Elective
Burren, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Aran Islands, Ireland

Ireland: Illustrating Irish Myths and Legends in the Burren

Summer 2018
Summer Studies Travel Course
Illustration
Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark: Danish Design Workshop

Summer 2018
Summer Studies Travel Course
Furniture
Lisbon, Portugal; Ponta Delgada, Portugal; Providence, United States

Resources and Places: Focus Portugal

Academic Year 2018
Multi-year Initiative
Architecture; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Zanzibar, Tanzania

East Africa: Between Content and Container Vol. 3

Spring 2018
Global Field Trip
Architecture
Boisbuchet, France

France: From Horizontal to Vertical

Spring 2018
Global Field Trip
Architecture; Interior Architecture; Textiles
Casablanca, Morocco; Fez, Morocco; Marrakech, Morocco

Morocco: Advanced Studio - Pattern | Performance | Clay

Spring 2018
Global Field Trip
Architecture; Ceramics; Interior Architecture
Malmö, Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark

Sweden and Denmark: Beyond Borders - Designing Resiliency for the Urban Landscape

Spring 2018
Global Field Trip
Architecture
Rome, Italy

European Honors Program - Spring 2018

Spring 2018
European Honors Program
RISD Global
Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal: Material Practices

Winter 2018
Wintersession Travel Course
Architecture; Industrial Design; Literary Arts & Studies; Liberal Arts Elective
Paris, France

France: Photography in Paris

Winter 2018
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Haida Gwaii, Canada; Vancouver, Canada

Canada: Haida Made

Winter 2018
Wintersession Travel Course
Furniture
Venice, Italy; Perugia, Italy; Florence, Italy

Italy: Renaissance Painting Techniques/Perugia to Venice

Winter 2018
Wintersession Travel Course
Illustration; History of Art & Visual Culture
Kyoto, Japan; Naoshima, Japan

Japan: Contemporary Works and Their Execution

Winter 2018
Wintersession Travel Course
Architecture; Ceramics
Fez, Morocco

Morocco: Crafting the City

Winter 2018
Wintersession Travel Course
Interior Architecture; History of Art & Visual Culture; Ceramics
Monterrey, Mexico

Mexico: Un-Wall the Border

Fall 2017
Global Field Trip
Architecture
Rome, Italy

European Honors Program - Fall 2017

Fall 2017
European Honors Program
RISD Global
Buenos Aires, Argentina; Jujuy, Misiones

Argentina: Hi/Low Tech

Winter 2017
Wintersession Travel Course
Interdisciplinary Studies
Havana, Cuba; Trinidad, Cuba

Cuba: Print & History

Winter 2017
Wintersession Travel Course
Printmaking; History of Art & Visual Culture
Surama, Guyana; Georgetown, Guyana

Guyana: Art & Science

Winter 2017
Wintersession Travel Course
Literary Arts & Studies; Liberal Arts Elective
Venice, Italy

Italy: (In)Visible Venice

Winter 2017
Wintersession Travel Course
Non Major Studio Elective
Torino, Italy; Bologna, Italy; San Miniato, Italy

Italy: Shoe Design and Prototyping

Winter 2017
Wintersession Travel Course
Apparel
Rome, Italy

Italy: Travel Rome

Winter 2017
Wintersession Travel Course
Architecture
Osaka, Japan; Shikoku Island, Japan

Japan: Paper, Temples, Prints

Winter 2017
Wintersession Travel Course
Printmaking; History of Art & Visual Culture
Fez, Morocco; Casablanca, Morocco; Providence, United States

Crafting the City: Focus Morocco

Academic Year 2017
Multi-year Initiative
Architecture; Ceramics; Interior Architecture; Theory and History of Art and Design
Isfahan, Iran; Havana, Cuba; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Lima, Peru; Ahmedabad, India

Global Futures Lab

Academic Year 2016
Global Faculty Fellowship
Industrial Design
Osaka, Japan; Shikoku Island, Japan

Japan: Papermaking, Temples and Prints

Winter 2016
Wintersession Travel Course
History of Art & Visual Culture
Turin, Italy; Milan, Italy; Providence, Italy

Italy: Shoe Design and Prototyping

Winter 2016
Wintersession Travel Course
Apparel; Industrial Design
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Northern Visions

Winter 2016
Wintersession Travel Course
Landscape Architecture
Paris, France

France: Photography in Paris

Winter 2016
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Havana, Cuba

Researching Cuba: Print and History

Summer 2015
Global Engagement for Curriculum Development Grant
History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences; Printmaking
European Honors Program
Rome, Italy 2017
Rome: Drinking, the Italian Way
Rome, Italy 2019