Past Program

European Honors Program - Fall 2016

RISD in Rome: European Honors Program (EHP) is a unique off-campus residency program that welcomes students to spend a full semester immersed in a global and interdisciplinary environment, which is designed to feed independent and experimental studio projects.

In Fall 2016, students representing 6 RISD academic departments, as well as Brown University Visual Arts, participated in the European Honors Program in Rome.


European Honors Program
  • Rome, Italy
Fall 2016

Course Dates: Aug 30, 2016 — Dec 17, 2016

Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Academic Credits
  • RISD Global
Course Numbers
  • EHP-9500 Studio Elective
  • MAJOR-9600
  • HAVC-9200
  • LAEL-9200

Housing at the Cenci + Week-long Travel Tour: $6,860 + International Travel & Health Insurance: $310

Palazzetto Cenci: RISD in Rome

About EHP

In RISD’s oldest off-campus semester program a select group of RISD juniors, seniors, and second year grads from all departments, as well as Visual Art + Architecture concentrators from Brown, live and work in a 16th century palazzo steps away from Rome’s most famous and important historical and artistic sites. Led by a Chief Critic drawn from a rotating cast of RISD faculty, the program is multidisciplinary in nature and designed to appeal to a wide range of concentrations. Each semester, approximately 20 students witness thousands of years of Western art and architecture first hand, drawing from their experiences to develop and produce a final studio project. EHP is an opportunity to inhabit the life of an artist working independently in Rome — but with all of the support and resources that RISD has to offer.

During the first week of the fall semester, students move into the Palazzetto and undergo orientation and introductory training. The academic components of the program begin the following week, which consist of the core Studio Elective (6 credits), the Art history course (3 credits, 2hrs, 4hr/week including 2hr city tour), and Italian (3 credits, 4hr/week).

The week-long trip, which moves beyond Rome to explore contemporary Italian art and culture in a number of other cities, occurs sometime during the first half of the semester. Week 8 marks the halfway point of the semester; students meet for a mid-term review. The liberal arts courses and the first component of the Studio Elective finish by week 11. During the following week, students are encouraged to explore other cities in Italy and beyond in order to gain inspiration and material for their studio concentration. They return to campus by week 13 for their Studio Concentration (3 credits), continuing and completing the work they began the earlier Studio Elective. During the last week of the program, students undergo the final review of their independent projects, followed by an exhibition and opening of the projects at the Palazzetto Cenci.

Student + Faculty Stories

RISD’s 2016 Kirloskar Visiting Scholar in Painting, Shahzia Sikander MFA 95 PT/PR participated in three thought-provoking events in Rome this semester. RISD in Rome and RISD Global teamed up with two of the city’s leading arts organizations – the American Academy in Rome and the MAXXI Museum – to co-host the series, which centered on a solo show of Sikander's work called Ecstasy as Sublime: Heart as Vector.

Read more on the Our RISD Blog

RISD in Rome

Since 1960, RISD has maintained its site in Rome as a space for interdisciplinary exchange and immersive learning.

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