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updated as of 2:00 p.m., April 1, 2020
Graduate Thesis Show
The format and timing of RISD’s 2020 Graduate Thesis Show – or potentially multiple shows – have not yet been finalized. A Task Force representing RISD’s graduate programs has formed to work with RISD Exhibitions, museum staff, graduate program directors and academic leadership to explore options ranging from augmented virtual exhibitions to future exhibitions in the RISD Museum and RISD galleries to global satellite exhibitions.
The format and timing of RISD’s 2020 senior and year-end shows have not been finalized. Under the leadership of the Student Alliance, a Task Force representing RISD’s undergraduate programs has formed to work with RISD Exhibitions, museum staff, deans and department heads to explore options ranging from augmented virtual exhibitions to exhibitions on campus scheduled to coincide with the re-programmed Commencement event.
RISD Collection 2020
The Department of Apparel Design, together with RISD Media, is developing a publication for seniors that will be distributed physically and digitally. It will incorporate images shot for the Collection program prior to campus closure, as well as include expanded process materials and narrative texts by students.
Given the uncertain projections for when COVID-19 will slow, we have decided the most responsible course of action for summer is to not hold any programming on campus or in-person in other locations.
Summer Foundation Programs (undergraduate)
RISD Experimental and Foundation Studies will offer three 3-credit courses (Drawing, Design and Spatial Dynamics) for transfer students remotely this summer, extended from the usual six weeks to eight weeks. Summer 2020 courses will start on June 29 and end on August 21.
Summer Foundation Programs (graduate)
Graduate programs will modify their 2020 summer programming as follows:
Landscape Architecture will offer one 3-credit course remotely in summer 2020. Six credits of field-based work, normally offered to the incoming cohort during their first summer, will be deferred to summer 2021. Summer 2020 courses will start in August, specific date to be determined.
INTAR’s MDes program will offer one 3-credit course remotely in summer 2020. Six credits, normally offered to the incoming cohort during their first summer, will be redistributed to Fall semester 2020 and Wintersession 2021. Summer 2020 courses will start in August, specific date to be determined.
INTAR’s MA program in Adaptive Reuse will reschedule the DIS-based 2020 summer program in Denmark to summer 2021.
Architecture’s MArch program will offer three 3-credit courses remotely in summer 2020. Summer 2020 courses will start on July 20 and end on August 28.
TEACHING + LEARNING IN ART + DESIGN
Master of Arts in Teaching (1-year) will offer one 6-credit course remotely in summer 2020. The summer 2020 course will start in mid-July, specific date to be determined.
For multilingual graduate students, the Division of Architecture and Design, with staff from the Center for Arts & Language, will offer a 1-credit online course in conversational, studio and academic communication skills in English from August 3 to August 28, 2020. Priority will be given to Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture and Architecture graduate students; it will be open to all other departments on a space-available basis.
For additional information about the summer foundation graduate program offerings, please visit RISD’s Graduate Study site.
Global Summer Programs
RISD Global summer courses are cancelled for summer 2020. Deposits will be fully refunded.
RISD Pre-College Program
Pre-college courses are cancelled for summer 2020. Deposits will be fully refunded. New, remote summer courses for teens will be available for registration in mid-May.
RISD CE Summer Courses
RISD CE’s Young Artist program will offer a selection of courses remotely this summer. RISD CE on-site, for-credit courses are cancelled, and select courses will be offered remotely this summer. Select RISD CE Adult Extension courses will continue to be offered remotely.
At this time, we anticipate holding the fall semester in person and starting on time. However, we are carefully watching COVID-19 and assessing how this might affect our plans. Similarly, we currently intend to hold off-campus programming as planned.
European Honors Program
We anticipate that the European Honors Program will proceed as planned in fall 2020, led by Chief Critic Daniel Heyman. The RISD Global office will continue to monitor circumstances in Italy and notify students of any changes.