Most three-year MArch students must go through the Summer Experimental and Foundation Studies program, which offers three studios: Drawing, Design and Spatial Dynamics. Led by EFS faculty with wide-ranging backgrounds in art and design, courses are structured to encourage a creative process that is fundamental to all departments at RISD. Students find that this program provides an excellent transition to RISD because it strengthens their confidence and critical thinking/making abilities.
Shared Room: $1,400 or Single Room: $2,050 or Private Apartment: $2,600
Dining: $1,230 (full board plan with unlimited Met access) or Commuters Five Meal Blocks: $49 (per block)
Additionally, the estimated cost of materials for the summer program is $500–800, depending on your assignments. Supplies are available at the risd:store, the risd:store 3D and at other art and hardware stores in the area.
The summer health insurance waiver (due June 29) is optional and only for those students enrolled in Summer Experimental and Foundation Studies who do not want to participate in RISD's health insurance plan. Information about immunization requirements can be found through RISD Health Services.
Graduate students are not required to live in RISD’s campus housing during this program. If you do choose to live on campus for Summer EFS, you must purchase a full meal plan.
If you live off campus, you are not required to have a meal plan but you may be interested in purchasing Five Meal Blocks at the Met for $49.
Your enrollment deposit of $500 is applied as partial payment for summer tuition. The balance of charges for your summer enrollment will be billed during the course of the program.
Thursday, June 15: Residence hall check-in/orientation begins
Thursday, June 15–Sunday, June 18: Summer Orientation
Monday, June 19: Classes begin
Thursday, June 29: Summer health insurance waiver due
Friday, July 28: Classes end
Saturday, July 29: Residence halls close
Please address questions about Summer Experimental and Foundation Studies to
Director of Summer Experimental and Foundation Studies