South Africa: Art and Science of Conservation
Hoedspruit, South Africa 2019

Teach Global Summer

Every summer, RISD Global offers a set of multi-disciplinary Global Summer Studies. These 3 week-long, 3 credit courses are led by RISD faculty and engage RISD students, as well as art and design students from other colleges, in the exploration of a wide spectrum of topics related to art, design and global thinking.

RISD Global Summer Studies are a core component of the School's internationalization and global engagement; in the last year's courses engaged with practices and traditions in such geographies as: the Azores, Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Africa, and South Korea, among others. Each year, at least two Global Summer Studies take place at RISD in Rome.

Application is open for summer 2020, apply by November 4th, 2019.
Please note that the deadline has been extended.

European Honors Program
Rome, Italy 2018
Global Futures Symposium
Rome, Italy 2018

Recent Global Summer Studies

Recent Global Summer Studies courses have led students to particular sites in the world to study: biodiversity and the impact of animal poaching on the environment, sustainable materials for the built environment, and contemporary applications of traditional heritages of making in specific cultures and locations of the world. As such, these courses support RISD’s strategic vision to contribute to the creation of just societies, a sustainable planet, and new ways of making and knowing that equip humans to live in mutually enhancing ways with each other and with the earth.

  • Iceland: Artistic Practice in 24-Hour Light - Paul Soulellis (Faculty, RISD Graphic Design)
  • Ireland: Illustrating Myths and Legends in the Burren - Robert Brinkerhoff, (Faculty, RISD Illustration)
  • Japan: Book Shaping and Visual Ideas - Daniel Heyman (Faculty, RISD Printmaking)
  • RISD in ROME: Maps and Stories - Gabriel Feld (Faculty, RISD Architecture) and Ezio Genovesi (Director, RISD in Rome)
  • RISD in ROME: Sensing The City - Paolo Cardini(Faculty, RISD Industrial Design) and Diane Derr (Faculty, VCUQ)
  • South Korea: Housing Hybrids - Rafael Luna (Faculty, RISD Interior Architecture)

Preparation & Research

Leading a Global Summer Studies is a wonderful and challenging experience, to begin to prepare and research this possibility, we encourage faculty to:

  • Meet with RISD Global to learn more about these opportunities.
  • Speak with faculty who have led recent Global Summer Studies courses/seminars.
  • Consider applying for a Global Engagement for Curricular Development grant to support your research towards a course/seminar proposal.
  • Learn more about the course proposal process for Global Summer Studies.

Apply to teach a Global Summer Studies

For summer 2020, all RISD faculty, full- and part-time- are invited to present a proposal for a 3-week off-campus course to be offered between June 3rd and July 25th, 2020.

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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
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
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
Osaka, Japan; Shikoku Island, Japan

Japan: Papermaking, Temples and Prints

Winter 2016
Wintersession Travel Course
History of Art & Visual Culture
Venice, Italy

Italy: (In)Visible Venice

Winter 2016
Wintersession Travel Course
Non Major Studio Elective
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
Paris, France

France: Photography in Paris

Winter 2015
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Munich, Germany; Berlin, Germany; Leipzig, Germany

Germany: Art, Jewelry

Winter 2015
Wintersession Travel Course
Jewelry & Metalsmithing
Turin, Italy; Milan, Italy; Florence, Italy

Italy: Shoe Design, Perception, History & Prototyping

Winter 2015
Wintersession Travel Course
Apparel; Industrial Design
Osaka, Japan

Japan: Papermaking, Temples, and Prints

Winter 2015
Wintersession Travel Course
Printmaking; Architecture
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Northern Visions

Winter 2015
Wintersession Travel Course
Landscape Architecture
Nara Prefecturem, Japan

Japan: Mindful Making in Japan

Winter 2015
Wintersession Travel Course
Ceramics
Osaka, Japan; Shikoku Island, Japan

Japan: Papermaking, Temples and Prints

Winter 2014
Wintersession Travel Course
History of Art & Visual Culture
La Flor, Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Design/Build Travel Studio

Winter 2014
Wintersession Travel Course
Landscape Architecture
Paris, France

France: Photography in Paris

Winter 2014
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Surama, Guyana; Georgetown, Guyana

Guyana: Art & Science

Winter 2014
Wintersession Travel Course
Literary Arts & Studies; Liberal Arts Elective
Vrndava, India

India: Creating an Archieve

Winter 2014
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Turin, Italy; Milan, Italy; Florence, Italy

Italy: Shoe Design

Winter 2014
Wintersession Travel Course
Apparel; Industrial Design
Nara Prefecturem, Japan

Japan: Mindful Making in Japan

Winter 2014
Wintersession Travel Course
Ceramics
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico: San Miguae: Renewable Resource

Winter 2014
Global Field Trip
Architecture
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Northern Visions

Winter 2014
Wintersession Travel Course
Landscape Architecture
Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Assisi, Italy; Siena, Italy

Italy: Techniques of Renaissance Painting

Winter 2013
Wintersession Travel Course
Illustration
La Flor, Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Design/Build Travel Studio

Winter 2013
Wintersession Travel Course
Landscape Architecture
Paris, France

France: Photography in Paris

Winter 2013
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Erfurt, Germany

Germany: Adaptive Architecture: Casa Maxima/Minima

Winter 2013
Wintersession Travel Course
Architecture
Vrndava, India

India: Creating an Archieve

Winter 2013
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Turin, Italy; Milan, Italy; Florence, Italy

Italy: Shoe Design

Winter 2013
Wintersession Travel Course
Apparel; Industrial Design
Osaka, Japan

Japan: Papermaking, Temples, and Prints

Winter 2013
Wintersession Travel Course
Printmaking; Architecture
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Netherlands: Rotterdam

Winter 2013
Wintersession Travel Course
Jewelry & Metalsmithing
Oaxaca, Mexico

Mexico: Propositions in Oaxaca

Winter 2013
Global Field Trip
Architecture
La Flor, Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Design/Build Travel Studio

Winter 2012
Wintersession Travel Course
Landscape Architecture
Ecuador, Colombia

Colombia: Design Build Bambo

Winter 2012
Wintersession Travel Course
Architecture
Paris, France

France: Photography in Paris

Winter 2012
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Guatemala

Guatemala: Design Build Bambo

Winter 2012
Wintersession Travel Course
Architecture
Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Assisi, Italy; Siena, Italy

Italy: Renaissance Painting Techniques in Florence

Winter 2012
Wintersession Travel Course
Illustration
Osaka, Japan

Japan: Papermaking, Temples, and Prints

Winter 2012
Wintersession Travel Course
Printmaking; Architecture
Vrndava, India

India: Creating an Archieve

Winter 2012
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Kyoto, Japan

Japan: Papermaking, Temples, and Prints

Winter 2011
Wintersession Travel Course
Printmaking; Architecture
Michael Buhler-Rose

India: Creating an Archieve

Winter 2011
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Paris, France

France: Photography in Paris

Winter 2011
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Tena, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador; Galapagos Island, Ecuador

Ecuador: Habitat and Construction

Winter 2011
Wintersession Travel Course
Architecture
Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Assisi, Italy; Siena, Italy

Italy: Renaissance Painting Techniques in Florence

Winter 2011
Wintersession Travel Course
Illustration
Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy; Verona, Italy

Italy: Tiber Floods

Winter 2011
Wintersession Travel Course
Architecture
Kyoto, Japan

Japan: Tsukiji Market Kitchen of Japan

Winter 2011
Wintersession Travel Course
Interior Architecture; Graphic Design
Okayama, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; Nara, Japan

Japan: Clay in Japan

Winter 2010
Wintersession Travel Course
Ceramics
Paris, France

France: Photography in Paris

Winter 2010
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Kokrobitey Institute, Ghana

Ghana: Design Collaboration in Ghana

Winter 2010
Wintersession Travel Course
Furniture
Ganga-Jamuna, India

India: Cosmic Comics: Imaging the Ganga-Jamuna Doab of North India

Winter 2010
Wintersession Travel Course
Architecture
Seoul
Seoul, South Korea 2019
European Honors Program
Castelvecchio, Italy 2018