Design Your Summer Program at RISD

Create your own extraordinary experience at Rhode Island School of Design this summer! Summer is the perfect time to come to RISD to explore new avenues of personal and professional artistic development.

Critical thinking and critical making lie at the heart of a RISD education. Group and individual critique, lectures, and in- and outside-of-class assignments give you the opportunity to create a substantial body of work in a condensed amount of time.

Whatever you study — whether you commute or choose the residential option — you’ll have access to all of the remarkable campus resources At RISD.

Design your  summer at RISD through one or more of our wide-ranging summer programs for college-level students and beyond.

All courses offer 3 credits.

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Summer Programs

summer studies program

Summer Studies

June 26 – August 4 (six-week schedule)

Tap into a rich variety of visual art and design experiences. Courses meet two days per week. Enroll in up to two courses.

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textiles summer institute program

Textiles Summer Institute

June 26 – August 4 (six-week schedule)

Experience RISD’s renowned textiles faculty and studios. Courses meet two days per week. Enroll in up to two courses.

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graphic design summer program

Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies (SIGDS)

June 26 – August 4 (two-week schedules)

Delve into a broad range of graphic design topics. Courses meet Monday through Friday. With staggered start dates, you can enroll in one, two or three courses.

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“I have so many ideas and ways of making that I wasn’t thinking of before. I also feel more confident with what I produce and call mine.”

“Got a great taste of RISD life and education. Would love to stay full-time.”

“A fun, challenging course that pushed me to think outside the box.”