Azores: Walk and Work with Wood
Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal 2019

Global Summer Studios

Global Summer Studios 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.

COVID-19 Update: Global Summer Studios 2022 are under review. More information will be released soon.


Summer, 3 weeks: June 7-25, 2021

Course tuition: $3000

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

RISD students with 2.5 GPA, and students / recent graduates from art&design colleges around the world

Application Deadline
The deadline has now passed (May 2)

First come, first serve; Limited spots available.

Academic Credits
3 RISD Credits
Instruction Language
  • English
Denmark: Danish Design Workshop
Copenhagen, Denmark 2018
South Africa: Art and Science of Conservation
Hoedspruit, South Africa 2019

Global Summer Studios 2021

Virtual, Denmark | Design Seminar + Workshop

This course is an immersion into the world of New Nordic Design with a focus on Denmark. Long a leader in furniture design, Denmark is now at the forefront of design and sustainability.

Virtual, Italy | Form, Leather, Color & Craft

Since early civilization leather has been part of our life as a material of comfort and protection. It has found many forms in garments, footwear, weaponry, accessories, artful objects.

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In summer 2021, all RISD Global Summer Studios are virtual with live classes as well as asynchronous components.

The two 3-credit online studios, scheduled to run online between June 7 - 25, 2021, cost $3,000.

While participating in a virtual Global Summer Studio, you will engage the studio themes through an immersive experimental curriculum developed by RISD faculty in collaboration with local partners in Denmark and Italy. Each studio topic aligns with RISD's core values, and creates learning opportunities for you that invite innovative global thinking and scholarship.

The studios will include virtual site visits, tours of maker studios and facilities in the location of focus for the studio, workshops with the faculty and practitioners on-site, seminars and lectures with partners located in the original course destinations (Italy and Denmark). Each virtual Global Summer Studio, as well as your learning experiences, will be deeply engaged with the place, culture, craft and distinctiveness of the location picked by our RISD faculty.

FAQ + Course Details

Global Summer Studios 2022 are under review. More information will be released soon.

Is a Global Summer Studios right for me?

Global Summer Studios are open to all RISD students, RISD recent alumni, and all current students and recent graduates from art and design colleges and universities globally. This 3-credit studio model is well suited for a wide variety of emerging artists, designers, and architects. Studio topics and activities are based on faculty proposals and change annually, so there will always be something new and of interest to you! You can explore past studios in our programs database to get a feel for the type of courses we offer.

How are Global Summer Studios taught in summer 2021?

Due to the ongoing pandemic and the current travel restrictions around the globe, Global Summer Studios will be taught virtually in summer 2021. But the courses will maintain their global component, and several collaborations and partnerships, studio visits, and virtual tours will be organized by the course faculty in the original course location (Azores islands, Thailand Italy and Denmark) to enhance the global learning experience of the virtual course.

What credits do Global Summer Studios offer?

RISD Global Summer Studios offer 3 RISD academic credits. Credits are typically assigned from the leading faculty’s academic department. RISD Global Summer Studios comply with RISD’s class attendance policy.

Who teaches Global Summer Studios?

When you take a Global Summer Studios course you can be sure that your instructor will be a RISD faculty member and that your course will offer RISD credits. You can filter our programs database by faculty to see who has led Global Summer Studios in the past.

Do I need to be fluent in English to attend?

Yes, English fluency is required. All RISD coursework is delivered in English.

I'm not a RISD student but I'm enrolled in another university/ college. How will I transfer my credits?

You may order an official RISD transcript at the end of Global Summer Studios which will detail your RISD course and credit information. Your home institution may use this to transfer your RISD credits, at their discretion.

I'm a RISD student, is there any eligibility requirement for me?

All RISD students enrolled in RISD and other full degree schools/universities are required to remain in good academic standing in order to participate in Global Summer Studies. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for all RISD students. Failure to remain in good academic standing can lead to removal from the course, either before or during the course.

When do Global Summer Studios take place?

Global Summer Studios are 3-week long and will run virtually on the following dates: Monday, June 7 – Friday, June 25, 2021. The class times will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST (Eastern Standard Time).

How does the weekly schedule look like?

All classes will be running synchronously and will be enhanced with asynchronous components, as defined by each individual faculty. The live class will be meeting from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST for three weeks between June 7 - 25, every weekday except for Wednesday. Virtual classes will meet on the video conferencing platform Zoom, and course materials are hosted on Canvas, RISD’s Learning Management System. Students are expected to attend as much as possible throughout the entire course schedule.

I plan to attend from a location in a different time zone. How do I prepare for handling the time difference?

First of all, get to know the exchange time of the day, in your time zone, when the class is scheduled to meet every day, and try to get acclimated to working during this time, as much as your time difference allows you. Please check your time difference to EST (Eastern Standard Time). The online classes meet live between 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. In case you cannot attend part of the class because of your time difference, our course management system Canvas will still allow you to connect, engage and remain in touch with the course faculty in an asynchronous manner. If you have any questions about synchronous learning vis-a-vis time difference in your location, please reach out to prior to your enrollment.

Attendance Policy

Global Summer Studios are three weeks long and take place in June, and you are required to attend all program activities scheduled during the course. RISD Global Summer Studios 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).

How much do Global Summer Studios cost?

The course fee for summer 2021 is $3,000 for each virtual studio. A $500 non-refundable deposit is required in order to reserve your seat in the course. Once you pay your non-refundable deposit with your debit/credit card, you will receive, within a few days, an email from RISD Student Financial Services with your acceptance and a payment link for your $2,500 course balance. You will have then to submit your remaining $2,500 payment within 15 days or by the registration deadline of May 2, 2021 (whichever comes first). Students that fail to make full payment by their deadline will forfeit their $500 deposit and their seat in the course.

What is the deposit for?

Our Global Summer Studios require a $500 non-refundable deposit as an advance on the cost of the class to reserve your space. The deposit will be credited towards your total course fee and you will have some additional time to pay your balance (within 15 days or by the payment deadline May 2, 2021, whichever comes first).

Is the deposit refundable?

No. The deposit is not refundable unless the course is canceled by RISD for low enrollment.

Will I be refunded if a course is canceled?

If a Global Summer Studios course is canceled by RISD due to under-enrollment by the time the application closes, on May 2, 2021, the $500 deposit as well as the $2,500 balance (if already charged) will be fully refunded to all students who have submitted payment.

SFS Balance Payment Policy

Per Student Financial Services policy, RISD students who plan to register for these studios must first pay their student account balance in full.

RISD Global partners with Student Financial Services and Institutional Engagement as well as the Office of Social Equity and Inclusion to offer limited need-based global scholarships. Only RISD students (including Brown | RISD Dual Degree students) are eligible to apply. Learn more – Scholarships.

Are scholarships available for summer 2021?

Full Global Summer Studios 2021, there will be a limited number of tuition scholarships available for the highest need RISD students. Learn more – Scholarships.

Are other funding opportunities available?

Finding funding for global learning experiences can seem daunting, but persistence pays off! Explore this proven list of trusted sources for external scholarship funding for global programs, beyond the scope of RISD’s Global Scholarship Funding.

Is a virtual Global Summer Studio right for me?

If you are a RISD or Brown University student with a GPA of 2.5 and up, you are eligible to apply. If you are a college student currently enrolled at, or recently graduated from, another art/design college or institution around the world, you are eligible too! Learn more – Apply to Global Summer Studios.

How do I apply?

Courses are first-come, first-serve. Learn more – Apply to Global Summer Studios.

Off-Campus Programs Policy

As per RISD's Off-Campus Programs policy, all Global Summer Studio students enrolled at RISD must remain in good standing, in terms of conduct and finances, up until and throughout your summer course. Failure to remain in good academic standing can lead to removal from the course, either before or during the course.

Do I need a passport or a visa?

For summer 2021 all courses will be virtual, so participation does not require a valid passport nor an application for an entry visa.

What do I need to attend my Global Summer Studio?

It’s essential that you have a reliable internet connection throughout the duration of your global program, as well as a workstation that allows you to attend the course without any distraction. If you have any specific questions regarding materials, equipment, or recommended studio space for your virtual studio, please get in touch via email with the leading RISD faculty and/or

What are Pre-departure Meetings?

You will meet your fellow Global Summer Studios participants and your RISD faculty at our mandatory virtual pre-departure meeting, where you will learn more about your class, virtual itinerary, assignments, and important preparation actions to be taken! The orientation day and time will be communicated to you upon course confirmation and after May 2, 2021.

Cancellation Policy

RISD reserves the right to cancel a course due to under-enrollment after the time application closes on May 2, 2021. As such, all students are advised not to consider their participation in Global Summer Studios final until the course is confirmed, which will happen no later than one week after the final Global Summer Studios payment period on May 2.

In case of a RISD approved cancellation prior to course departure/commencement, all payments will be refunded in full.

Any cost incurred prior to receiving course confirmation is the participant’s sole responsibility.

Withdrawal Policy

Requesting to withdraw from a RISD global learning program, including RISD Global Summer Studios, prior to the start of the course is highly discouraged and requires a formal process outlined in the RISD course withdrawal policy. It is not possible for a student to drop a RISD Global Summer Studios travel course via the standard Add/Drop process after it has commenced. In the case of unforeseen and extenuating circumstances (and only after students have spoken with the faculty lead and RISD Global for approval to withdraw from the program), students should be aware that no refund will be issued.

RISD Global Summer Studios follow the RISD withdrawal policy for off-campus global learning programs

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Global Summer Studios Planner

Apply for a Global Summer Studio between March 1 - May 2, 2021. Global Summer Studios are open to all RISD undergraduate/graduate students with a 2.5 GPA. College students and recent grads from another art/design college around the world are also eligible.

GSS 2021

Spring 2021

March 1, 2021

Application Opens – How to Apply

$500 deposit due at time of application submission

$2,500 course fee balance due within 15 days

March 22, 2021

Scholarship application closes (for RISD students only)

March 26, 2021

Scholarship awards announced

May 2, 2021 (deadline extended)

Course applications close, final payments due

May 5, 2021
Courses confirmed

May 2021

Mandatory pre-departure meetings

Summer 2021

June 7, 2021

Global Summer Studios begin

June 25, 2021

Global Summer Studios end

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South Africa: Art and Science of Conservation
Hoedspruit, South Africa 2019
GSS17 Iceland Artistic Practice in 24 hour Light
Reykjavík, Iceland 2017