Mexico: Material Propositions Oaxaca
Oaxaca, Mexico 2020

Teach Wintersession

Every January during Wintersession semester, RISD faculty offer multi-disciplinary off-campus global learning travel courses. Wintersession travel courses are 4 to 5 week long courses led by RISD faculty that bring together RISD students from across disciplines in the exploration of a wide spectrum of topics related to art, design and global thinking.

Wintersession travel courses are an opportunity for faculty to propose and teach on topics of special interest, and to engage geography as a key piece of the curriculum. Each course is distinct, shaped by the interests of the faculty member, their specific expertise, and network of relationships. The intensive timeframe creates an experimental space for faculty to test ideas and explore new modes of teaching, and to deepen connections between their pedagogy and practice.

Supported by academic departments, Wintersession travel courses are central to RISD’s internationalization and global engagement; in the last years courses engaged with practices and traditions in such geographies as: Argentina, Cuba, Guyana, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Portugal, among others.

Morocco: Crafting the City
Fez, Morocco 2018
Japan: Papers, Temples and Print
Tokushima, Japan 2019

Recent Wintersession Travel Courses

Recent Wintersession travel courses have led students to particular sites in the world to study: contemporary applications of traditional heritages of making in specific cultures and locations of the world, sustainability and biodiversity in global art and design, sustainable materials for the built environment. 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.

  • Argentina: Hi/Low Tech - Paula Gaetano-Adi (Faculty, RISD Experimental and Foundation Studies) + Alejandro Borsani (Faculty, RISD Experimental and Foundation Studies)
  • Cuba: Print & History - Winifred Lambrecht (Faculty, RISD History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences) + Henry Ferreira (Faculty, RISD Printmaking)
  • Guyana: Art & Science - Lucy Spelman (Faculty, RISD History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences) + Nicole Merola (Faculty, RISD Literary Arts + Studies)
  • Italy:(In)visible Venice - Leslie Hirst (Faculty, RISD Experimental and Foundation Studies) + Mark Sherman (Faculty, RISD Literary Arts + Studies)
  • Italy Shoe Design & Protoyping - Kathleen Grevers (Faculty, RISD Apparel Design)
  • Italy: WS Travel Rome - Elettra Bordonaro (Faculty, RISD Architecture)
  • Japan: Kyoto and Naoshima - Silvia Acosta (Faculty, RISD Architecture)
  • Japan: Paper, Temples, Prints - Daniel Heyman (Faculty, RISD Printmaking) + Elena Varshavskaya (Faculty, RISD History of Art + Visual Culture)

Preparation + Research

Leading a Wintersession travel course 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 Wintersession travel courses.
  • Consider applying for a Global Engagement for Curricular Development grant to support your research towards a course proposal.
  • Learn more about the course proposal process for Wintersession travel courses.

How to propose a Wintersession travel course

All RISD faculty, upon department head approval and TU confirmation, can propose a WS travel course for the following academic year, and submit a course proposal by the established course table process and deadline.

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Grants

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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Faculty Advising

Have questions? The RISD Global team is available to meet for an advising session to help craft your application.

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Mexico: Color, Mestizaje & Design Futures
Oaxaca, Mexico 2020
Mexico: History, Pre-Colonial, Colonial and Contemporary Arts
Mexico City, Mexico 2019