Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies (SIGDS)

June 25 – August 3, 2018

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 students achieve excellence in design through hands-on and computer-based techniques.

Courses are open to matriculating students, RISD alumni, art and design professionals and those considering a degree in the visual arts.

Courses meet Monday through Friday. With staggered start dates, you can enroll in one, two or three courses. Two-week schedules begin June 25, July 9 or July 23.

SIGDS two-week courses are intended for students at all levels of experience, from the creative novice to the advanced professional. If you have any questions or concerns about prerequisites, please feel free to contact Franz Werner at or 401 277-4843, or Ernesto Aparicio at

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

Tuition + Fees
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“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.”