Registration Information


Each year hundreds of students from all over the world participate in RISD Summer Programs. To be eligible to attend, you must have a high school diploma (or equivalent) and be 18 years or older. All non-US citizens and non-US permanent residents are asked to please review the International Student Information page prior to registering.

Beyond that, RISD Summer Programs are open to all, regardless of your experience, training or skill level in art and design. All applicants who demonstrate the ability and desire to contribute positively to and benefit from the courses are encouraged to apply. There are no admission tests or portfolio requirements.

How to Register

Once you have identified the courses you’re interested in, you’ll need to complete and submit an online registration. Please note that this registration includes a $60 non-refundable registration fee, along with a $500 deposit. Balance payment instructions will be noted on your bill, and all accounts will need to be paid in full prior to attending class.

As long as space is available, you may continue to register up until the day classes begin. Of course, early registration increases your chances of placement in the courses of your choice. Late registrations may also jeopardize processing of required forms and documentation.

Wait List

If a course you are looking to register for is full or unavailable, you may add your name to a waitlist at the time of registration and you will be contacted by email and/or phone if a space becomes available.


Students may register up until the start of Summer 2020 classes.

Payment Schedule

If you register before Monday, May 11, 2020 the $500 deposit must be received within five business days of submission in order to secure registration in the program; you will be billed for the remaining balance. Payment in full is required by May 11, 2020 (deadline extended). Registrations received after May 11, 2020 must include tuition and fees in full.