Summer at RISD

Create your own experience at Rhode Island School of Design this summer with art and design courses for credit and creative advancement. 

Whether you’re a student looking to earn college credit, an adult looking for artistic advancement, or a professional looking to make a big change, summer is an extraordinary time to attend RISD.

Each summer, hundreds of students from all over the world come to RISD to take part in group and individual critique, lectures and assignments, and work to create a substantial body of work in a short amount of time.

Whether you live in the residence halls or commute to campus, you’ll have access to exclusive resources, renowned faculty and the personalized instruction you need to get where you’re looking to go.

All courses offer 3 credits.

Summer Programs

summer studies program

Summer Studies

June 22–July 31, 2020

A wide range of courses in visual art and design. Courses meet twice a week for six weeks. Enroll in up to two courses.

graphic design summer program

Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies (SIGDS)

June 22–July 31, 2020

Delve into graphic design like never before. Courses meet five days a week for two weeks. With staggered start dates, you can enroll in one, two or three courses.

Summer Design Intensives

June 22–July 31, 2020

Experiment with new approaches to materials, technology and design in hyper-focused design intensives. Courses meet five days a week for two weeks. With staggered start dates, you can enroll in one, two or three.

“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.”