Rome: Illustrating Dante's Inferno
Rome, Italy 2019

Global Summer Studies

RISD Global Summer Studies are 3-week art and design travel courses, led by RISD faculty, that are designed to broaden perspectives, de-center experiences, and reframe assumptions by exploring the intersections of crafts, art, and design as they manifest around the world.

Global Summer Studies students engage these themes through immersive experimental curriculum developed by RISD faculty in collaboration with local partners across the continents of Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Asia. Course topics align with RISD's core values, and create learning opportunities for students that invite innovative global thinking and scholarship. Global Summer Studies are open to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at RISD or in other art and design institutions worldwide, as well as recent graduates and new professionals practicing in the field.
For summer 2020, RISD Global planned to offer 7 creative and culturally immersive art and design courses: 3 at the RISD campus in Rome, as well as 4 in other diverse locations around Europe and Asia. Unfortunately given the uncertain projections for when COVID-19 will slow, RISD has decided the most responsible course of action for summer is to cancel RISD Global Summer Studies 2020 travel courses.Read more.

At-a-glance

When
Summer, 3 weeks, June-July 2020

See the course description for specific dates.

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students, non-RISD students

2.5 GPA required. Non-RISD participants see eligibility requirements below.

Application Deadline
Registration open January 21 - April 12

First come, first serve. Limited spots available

Academic Credits
3 RISD credits
Instruction Language
  • English
Tokyo: Bike Building
Tokyo, Japan 2018
Rome: Illustrating Dante's Inferno
Rome, Italy 2019

Global Summer Studies 2020

From Seed to Cloth: The Mindful Approach to Craft in Thailand

Throughout this 3-week summer course, you will delve into the mindfulness approach to craft and creating while exploring 4 different cities around Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Nan, and Sakon Nakhon).

Design with Nature in the Azores

In this 3-week travel course, you will learn about design with nature, by designing for nature. The volcanic archipelago of the Azores, situated along the mid-Atlantic Ocean ridge, will be the location and context.

RISD in Rome: Form, Leather, Color and Craft

This travel course at RISD's site in Rome will immerse you into new surroundings, and introduce you to the concepts of "form" and "color" by manipulating "leather" in combination with found objects.

RISD in Rome: Perspectives on Piranesi

This drawing course at RISD's site in Rome will explore the work of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the engraver widely known for his picturesque illustrations of eighteenth century Rome, and his essential contribution to our contemporary understanding of antiquity.

RISD in Rome: Trash

The travel course "Trash (Art and Design)" at the RISD's site in Rome will explore both historic and present-day Rome through its waste and disposal. Studio work will include collage, printmaking, and installation collecting and using discarded materials.

Paris: Urban Design Renaissance Through Edible Landscapes

Paris, the urban oracle of High Art and High Culture, and innovation and esthetics, is writing a new chapter: The City of Lights is embracing permaculture. The Paris studio will open doors to creative thinking about how even our world’s densest cities might play a crucial role in sustainably producing their own fresh food.

Denmark: Design Seminar and Workshop

This course, based in the heart of Copenhagen, is a three-week immersion into the world of New Nordic Scandinavian design, with a focus on Denmark.

Apply to Global Summer Studies

For summer 2020, RISD Global planned to offer 7 creative and culturally immersive art and design off campus courses: 3 at the RISD site in Rome, as well as 4 in other diverse locations around Europe and Asia.

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Program Details

If you are a RISD student and your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5 at the time of registration, you must contact the Registrar at registrar@risd.edu to seek exception to this academic policy.

In order to register for RISD Global summer studies, you are expected to have a high level of English (speech, writing, and comprehension) as all coursework and critique is delivered in English.

Courses are 3 weeks long and take place in June and July, and you are required to attend all program activities scheduled during the travel course. RISD Global summer studies comply with RISD class attendance policy. In case of unexcused or multiple absences, you may be removed from the course, given a grade of “W" (withdrawal) or a grade of “F” (fail).

When indicated, the Global Summer Study can also provide credits from multiple RISD departments and/or RISD concentrations. In this case, the student can select the credit-bearing department of their preference.

Transcripts can be issued for non-RISD participants to allow for credit transfer.

Scholarships

Increasing financial aid is a central pillar of RISD’s equity, inclusion and diversity commitment. With income inequality and student debt at unprecedented heights, we are working to provide greater support and access to students interested in pursuing learning experiences through RISD Global.

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1:1 Advising Session

Have questions? The RISD Global team is available to meet for a 1:1 advising session. We can give you more information about your study options, help you figure out which program makes sense for you, and assist you with the application process.

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Global Summer Studies Planner

Apply for Global Summer Studies course from January-April. Global Summer Studies courses are open to all RISD students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. College students currently enrolled in another art/design college or institution around the world, or professionals practicing in the field are also eligible.

GSS 2020

Winter/Spring 2020

December 2019
Courses announced
January 2020
Jan 21 - General Infosession + Registration Open
January-February 2020
Course specific infosessions
February 2020
Feb 16 - Scholarship application closes
Feb 20 - Scholarship awards announced
April 2020
April 12 - Course registration closes, final payments due.
April 13 - Courses confirmed
April/May 2020
Mandatory pre-departure meetings


Summer 2020

June/July 2020
Global Summer Studies courses begin
Global Summer Studies courses end


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Rome, Italy

RISD in Rome: Perspectives on Piranesi

Summer 2020
Summer Studies Travel Course
Illustration; Interior Architecture
Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy; Florence, Italy

RISD in Rome: Form, Leather, Color and Craft

Summer 2020
Summer Studies Travel Course
Industrial Design
São Miguel, Azores

Design with Nature in the Azores

Summer 2020
Summer Studies Travel Course
Architecture
Paris, France

Paris: Urban Design Renaissance Through Edible Landscapes

Summer 2020
Summer Studies Travel Course
Landscape Architecture
Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark: Design Seminar and Workshop

Summer 2020
Summer Studies Travel Course
Furniture Design
Bangkok, Thailand; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Nan, Thailand; Sakon Nakhon, Thailand

From Seed to Cloth: The Mindful Approach to Craft in Thailand

Summer 2020
Summer Studies Travel Course
Apparel
Rome, Italy

RISD in Rome: Trash

Summer 2020
Summer Studies Travel Course
Architecture
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

RISD in Rome: Sensing The City: Augmented Interaction with the City of Rome

Summer 2019
Summer Studies Travel Course
History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences
Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark: Design Seminar and Workshop

Summer 2019
Summer Studies Travel Course
Furniture Design
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
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 Design
Kyoto, Japan

Japan: Book Shaping and Visual Ideas

Summer 2017
Summer Studies Travel Course
Printmaking
Rome, Italy

RISD in Rome: Maps and Stories

Summer 2017
Summer Studies Travel Course
Architecture; History of Art & Visual Culture
Reykjavík, Iceland

Iceland: Artistic Practice in 24-Hour Light

Summer 2017
Summer Studies Travel Course
Graphic Design
Rome, Italy

RISD in Rome: Sensing The City: Augmented Interaction with the City of Rome

Summer 2017
Summer Studies Travel Course
Industrial Design
Rome, Italy

Ireland: Illustrating Myths and Legends in the Burren

Summer 2017
Summer Studies Travel Course
Illustration
Seoul, South Korea

South Korea: Housing Hybrids

Summer 2017
Summer Studies Travel Course
Interior Architecture
Rome, Italy

Rome: Discovery Through Drawing

Summer 2016
Summer Studies Travel Course
Interior Architecture
Richelieu, France

France: Gastronomie + Printmaking in Richelieu

Summer 2016
Summer Studies Travel Course
Architecture
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo: Bicycle Design and Making

Summer 2016
Summer Studies Travel Course
Industrial Design
Burren, Ireland

Ireland: Illustrating Irish Myths and Legends in the Burren

Summer 2016
Summer Studies Travel Course
Illustration
Copenhagen, Denmark

DIS (Danish Institute)

Summer 2016
Summer Studies Travel Course
Interior Architecture
Berlin, Germany

Berlin Through Your Lens

Summer 2016
Summer Studies Travel Course
Photography
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg: Purposeful Play + Toy Design

Summer 2016
Summer Studies Travel Course
RISD CE
Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark: Seminar on Scandinavian Design

Summer 2016
Summer Studies Travel Course
Furniture Design
Waalijk, The Netherlands

The Netherlands: Sneaker and Wearable Technology Design

Summer 2015
Summer Studies Travel Course
Apparel
Rome, Italy

Rome: Discovery Through Drawing

Summer 2015
Summer Studies Travel Course
Architecture
Paris, France

Paris: Urban Landscape Through a Cultural Lens

Summer 2015
Summer Studies Travel Course
Landscape Architecture
Copenhagen, Denmark

DIS (Danish Institute)

Summer 2015
Summer Studies Travel Course
Interior Architecture
Rome, Italy

Rome Summer

Summer 2014
Summer Studies Travel Course
Architecture
Denmark: Design Seminar and Workshop
Copenhagen, Denmark 2019
South Africa: Art and Science of Conservation
Hoedspruit, South Africa 2019