Mexico: History, Pre-Colonial, Colonial and Contemporary Arts
Mexico City, Mexico 2019

Wintersession Travel Courses

RISD Wintersession Travel Courses are rich, short-term global learning opportunities, led by RISD faculty, that take place for up to 5 weeks between fall and spring semesters.

As a core part of its mission to educate artists, designers, architects, scholars, and leaders to make lasting contributions to a global society, RISD is committed to developing these ever-relevant off-campus global learning opportunities. These unique off-campus programs are designed to give art and design students the opportunity to embed themselves in new cultural contexts, to learn from artists and designers in those countries and regions, and to develop their practice in environments beyond RISD’s Providence campus.

Students engage with global contexts through immersive, experimental curriculum developed by RISD faculty in collaboration with local partners across the continents of Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Asia. All RISD Wintersession Travel Courses offer 3-6 RISD academic credits.

In Wintersession 2020, RISD Global will offer 6 creative and culturally immersive art, design, and Liberal Arts courses in 4 diverse locations around Europe, Asia, Oceania, and North America.

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At-a-glance

When
Wintersession, 4–5 weeks

January / February

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students

Minimum 2.5 GPA + permission of instructor required. Most courses open to first year students with approval from the Dean of EFS.

Application Deadline
October 3, 2019

Applications open September 18, 2019. Registration begins in October.

Academic Credits
3–6
Instruction Language
  • English
Japan: Papers, Temples and Print
Tokushima, Japan 2019
Mexico: History, Pre-Colonial, Colonial and Contemporary Arts
Mexico City, Mexico 2019

Wintersession 2020

AUSTRALIA - Witness Tree Project: Memory, Place and Cultural Ecology

Partnering with University of South Australia, RISD’s long-standing Witness Tree Project will travel for Wintersession 2020 to Adelaide, Australia, to explore changing indigenous and settler conceptions of place, land, and memory and their effects on the environment. In particular, the course’s joint seminar and studio work will focus on selected trees of South Australia, which stand as historical witnesses to these changes.

MEXICO - Pre-Columbian to Contemporary: Architecture & Crafts

This travel course is a cross-disciplinary Liberal Arts collaboration between THAD and HPSS. The THAD component "Pre-Colonial to Contemporary" addresses colonial, modern, and contemporary arts, while the HPSS component, "Pre-Columbian Architecture and Traditional Crafts" addresses the pre-Columbian history of architecture and arts.

JAPAN - Papers, Temples & Print

This travel course is a cross-disciplinary Liberal Arts + studio collaboration between THAD and PRINT. Together they offer students an in-depth exploration of the Tokyo and historic Kansai region to see and draw the most important Shinto, Buddhist and secular sites in Japan, and to couple that visual exploration with 9 days of paper making.

MEXICO - Material Propositions: Oaxaca

The primary focus of this studio is to weave together cultural research, material exploration, and full-scale construction to explore the resonance between traditional craft practices and contemporary techniques of design.

FRANCE - Photography in Paris

Paris, also known as the City of Light, is the catalyst for inspiring students of all levels of photography to develop technical skills and to explore photographic process as personal creative expression.

MEXICO - Color, Mestizaje & Design Futures

Students in this course will be introduced to Oaxaca and its biodiverse environs as home to a radical mixture of cultures and ethnicities: Zapotec, Mixtec, and a host of other indigenous communities; mestizos, or those with mixed Spanish and indigenous heritage; as well as the historically under-recognized AfroMexican communities.

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In Wintersession 2020, RISD Global will offer 6 creative and culturally immersive art, design, and Liberal Arts courses in 4 diverse locations around Europe, Asia, Oceania, and North America.

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About the program

Unless stated otherwise, Wintersession travel courses are open to all RISD students. RISD freshman students must provide approval from the Dean of Experimental & Foundation Studies as part of their applications. Please check the specific course section on this website to learn about restricted eligibility.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required at time of application. Students seeking an exception to this academic policy should contact the Registrars’ Office at registrar@risd.edu with any questions.

Brown University students with a 2.5 GPA or above are also eligible to cross-enroll, but priority in the application selection process will be given to RISD students.

Wintersession Travel courses require students to complete an application. Permission of the instructor is required and is based upon application and selection.

Attendance at an infosession is mandatory to apply.

As per RISD's Off-Campus Programs policy, All Wintersession Travel Course students enrolled at RISD must remain in good standing, in terms of conduct and finances, up until and throughout your time on the travel course. Failure to remain in good academic standing can lead to removal from the course, either before or during the course.

Course topics, locations, and travel itinerary vary and are based on faculty proposal. Wintersession Travel Courses occur at RISD in Rome as well as destinations in Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. Explore past RISD Global Wintersession Travel Courses below.

Credits are typically assigned from the leading faculty’s academic department. For co-requisite courses, students must plan and register for both components of the travel course, for a total of 6 credits.

Brown University participants may cross-enroll in RISD Wintersession Travel Courses.

The course application, as well as the scholarship application, will be open from September 18 to October 3, 2019. Students can only apply for one Wintersession travel course.

Attendance at an infosession is mandatory to apply. A general infosession for all courses will be led by RISD Global and all faculty on September 18, 2019 at 5:30pm in The Chase Center Auditorium (RISD Museum). The event will also be live-streamed. Between September 20 – October 2, additional, course-specific infosessions will be led by individual Faculty.

By October 8, students will receive acceptance and scholarship assignments, and registration will open on October 10, 2019. Between October 10 and 17, 2019, selected students are encouraged to pay the course tuition. If the payment is not made by the deadline, waitlisted students are offered remaining spots and will be invited to pay between October 18-25, 2019. By October 25, registration closes and courses are officially confirmed to run.

In November, 2019, all participants will be required to attend mandatory pre-departure orientation meetings.

In addition, to the course tuition, students are responsible for the following out-of-pocket expenses

  • Airfare to and from destination (unless the course tuition include a group flight)
  • Entry Visa, when applicable
  • Local transportation during non-program time and for personal activities unrelated to the course
  • Meals, as usually only few group meals may be included in the course tuition.
  • Supplies and materials (unless otherwise stated in the course tuition). Students may choose to bring their own art supplies and materials or to purchase them upon arrival. In some locations it may be difficult to source specific supplies and materials. For packing guidelines on art supplies, visit the Transportation Security Authority (TSA).

Please note: to participate in the RISD Wintersession Travel Courses, all students are required to stay in RISD-provided housing for the duration of the course.

SFS Balance Payment Policy: Per Student Financial Services policy, RISD students who plan to travel on school-sponsored trips must first pay their student account in full. If the account has an outstanding balance, students are ineligible for travel until full payment has been made.

All RISD students are encouraged to apply by completing the specific scholarship application within the Wintersession Travel Course online application. Deadline for scholarship applications is October 3, 2019. Awards, as well as acceptance in the course, will be released by October 8, 2019.

Brown University students are not eligible to receive scholarship funding through RISD.

Learn more about scholarship opportunities on the Scholarships page.

All students are responsible for maintaining their own legal status and applying for the visa (if applicable). Upon request, RISD Global will provide you with a registration letter in support of the visa application.

In cases where WS travel courses do not reach minimum capacity, the course may be cancelled after the last day of Wintersession travel course registration. In case of cancellation, all payments will be refunded in full.

Any cost incurred in such situations is the participant’s sole responsibility.

RISD Wintersession Travel Courses follow the RISD withdrawal policy for off-campus global learning programs.

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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Wintersession Planner

Apply for WS Travel Course in September. Most WS Travel courses are open to all students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, with 1st year students required to provide approval from the Dean of Experimental & Foundation Studies as part of their applications. Please note that some courses are limited to 2nd year or 3rd year and above.

Wintersession 2020

Fall 2019

May 2019
Courses announced


September 18, 2019
General Infosession and applications open

September 20 – October 2, 2019
Course specific infosessions

October 3, 2019

Course application and scholarship application close


October 10 - 25, 2019
Payment and registration period


November 6, 2019

General pre-departure meeting

November 7-December 6, 2019

Course specific pre-departure meetings


Wintersession 2020

January 3 - 10, 2019
WS Travel Courses begin

January 31 - February 6, 2019

WS Travel Courses end


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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
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
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
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
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
Venice, Italy

Italy: (In)Visible Venice

Winter 2017
Wintersession Travel Course
Non Major Studio 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
Osaka, Japan; Shikoku Island, Japan

Japan: Papermaking, Temples and Prints

Winter 2016
Wintersession Travel Course
History of Art & Visual Culture
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
Paris, France

France: Photography in Paris

Winter 2016
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Guyana: Exploring Art and Science of Bio Diversity in Guyana
Surama, Guyana 2019
Guyana: Exploring Art and Science of Bio Diversity in Guyana
Surama, Guyana 2019