Programs Overview

RISD Summer Programs offers three distinct programs of visual arts study: Summer Studies, Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies and Summer Design Intensives.

Each program features rigorous courses taught by talented instructors, designed to help you get the most out of a short summer schedule. Summer Programs also hosts community events for students and faculty, including the Art + Design for Good Lecture Series on Wednesdays at noon and Open Studios on the evening of the last day of each class.

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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.

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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.

Schedule aligns with Summer Design Intensives courses.

Summer Design Intensives

June 22–July 31, 2020

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

Schedule aligns with SIGDS courses.