Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies (SIGDS)

June 22–July 31, 2020

The globalization of visual communications has resulted in monumental changes in the field of graphic design. The Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies (SIGDS) challenges students and professionals to improve the way we communicate visually. RISD’s renowned Graphic Design faculty and visiting professionals help you achieve excellence in design through hands-on and computer-based techniques. Courses are intended for students at all levels of experience, from the creative novice to the advanced professional.

Courses meet Monday through Friday for two weeks. With staggered start dates, you can enroll in one, two or three courses. You’ll also have the opportunity to work in some classroom studio spaces (as available) and course-related print labs during non-class hours. All SIGDS courses require you to provide your own laptop loaded with course-specific software. If you are unable to provide your own laptop, please contact the RISD Continuing Education office prior to registering.

If you have any questions or concerns about prerequisites and course content, please contact Franz Werner at or 401 277-4843.

Note: Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies schedule aligns with Summer Design Intensives for cross-enrollment opportunities.

SIGDS Courses

Schedule 1

June 22–July 2, 2020
9 am–4:30 pm

Schedule 2

July 6–17, 2020
9 am–4 pm

Schedule 3

July 20–31, 2020
9 am–4 pm

“The various exercises challenged us with a variety of real-world applications.”

Very interesting and inspiring. This course helped me expand my software skills in addition to design sensibilities.”