Summer programs

For a number of graduate students in certain programs, the curriculum begins in the summer. Be sure to review the following important information regarding schedules, housing, materials and associated tuition and costs and get in touch with your graduate program director if you have any further questions about summer study.

MArch (three-year program)

Architecture

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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.

Costs

Tuition: $6,380
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.

Schedule

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
Joanne Stryker
Director of Summer Experimental and Foundation Studies
401 454-6177

jstryker@risd.edu


MA in Adaptive Reuse (one-year+ program)

Interior Architecture

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Students pursuing an MA in Adaptive Reuse begin their graduate studies by participating in a summer program run by RISD and the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Nine of the MA program's 45 required credits are accounted for by the RISD/DIS summer course. The studio experience includes a local study tour, and a week-long tour through either Sweden and Finland or Sweden and Norway, the cost of which is included in the tuition fee.

The summer health insurance waiver is optional and only for those students enrolled in summer programs who do not want to participate in RISD's health insurance plan. Information about immunization requirements can be found through RISD Health Services.

Costs

RISD/DIS summer program tuition: $10,475
Accommodation in Copenhagen: $2,900
Total: $13,375

Schedule

Monday, June 12: RISD/DIS summer program begins
Thursday, June 29: Summer health insurance waiver due
Friday, July 28: Program exhibition
Saturday, July 29: Housing closes

Those MA students participating in the RISD/DIS program should start to arrange all necessary visas (Schengen & US) as soon as possible.

Please address questions about the RISD/DIS summer program to
Wendy Abelson
Department Coordinator
401 454-6272
wabelson@risd.edu



MDes in Interior Studies / Adaptive Reuse (two-year+ program)

Interior Architecture

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Students pursuing an MDes in Interior Studies / Adaptive Reuse begin their studies by participating in the MDes summer program in Providence. The summer courses account for nine of the 75 total credits required to earn the overall degree. There is no waiver from the requirement to acquire the nine summer credits. The summer program is conducted in three, two-week modules: Module 1 Spatial Investigations; Module 2 Existing Construct; Module 3 Transformation.

The summer health insurance waiver is optional and only for those students enrolled in summer programs 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 the MDes summer program, 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.

Costs

Summer program tuition: $8,175
Housing and dining: $2,700
Total: $10,875

Schedule

Thursday, June 15: Summer program orientation begins
Sunday, June 18: Summer program orientation ends
Monday, June 19: Summer program classes begin
Thursday, June 29: Summer health insurance waiver due
Wednesday, July 28: Summer program classes end
Thursday, July 29: RISD summer housing closes

Please address questions about the MDes summer program to
Wendy Abelson
Department Coordinator
401 454-6272

wabelson@risd.edu

MDes in Interior Studies / Exhibition + Narrative Environments (two-year+ program)

Interior Architecture

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Students pursuing an MDes in Interior Studies / Exhibition + Narrative Environments begin their studies by participating in the MDes summer program in Providence. The summer courses account for nine of the 75 total credits required to earn the overall degree. There is no waiver from the requirement to acquire the nine summer credits. The summer program is conducted in three, two-week modules: Module 1 Spatial Investigations; Module 2 Existing Construct; Module 3 Transformation.

The summer health insurance waiver is optional and only for those students enrolled in summer programs 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 the MDes summer program, 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.

Costs

Summer program tuition: $8,175
Housing and dining: $2,700
Total: $10,875

Schedule

Thursday, June 15: Summer program orientation begins
Sunday, June 18: Summer program orientation ends
Monday, June 19: Summer program classes begin
Thursday, June 29: Summer health insurance waiver due
Wednesday, July 28: Summer program classes end
Thursday, July 29: RISD summer housing closes

Please address questions about the MDes summer program to
Wendy Abelson
Department Coordinator
401 454-6272

wabelson@risd.edu

MLA I + II (two- + three- year programs)

Landscape Architecture

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Students pursuing an MLA in Landscape Architecture begin their studies with a six-credit Design Foundation course. The summer preparatory course introduces studio-based conceptual design thinking together with skill development (drawing and model making) and foundational ecological studies. The course offers students building blocks to prepare them for the fall semester studio, lecture courses and seminars.

Studio work includes two and three-dimensional exercises through which students become familiar with the materials, tools and language of design. The projects emphasize the development of critical drawing and model making methodologies. Design processes and conceptualization will be integrated into these short studio exercises. Individual presentations will spur group discussion and prepare students for the studio environment where collegial interaction and faculty/student critique are crucial tools in communicating and evolving design ideas.

Ecological principles will be studied through the use of these design tools. Form, structure, systems, process, and time-based transformation will be analyzed through local field trips and studio based analysis of ecosystems. Methods of analysis and interpretation include measurement, field documentation, mapping, conceptual thinking, and on-site drawing. The intent of the ecological component is to strengthen the students’ observational and analytical skills, and to foster an environmental ethic through the understanding of the geology, plant communities, and geomorphology of the landscape.

The foundations course introduces students to the diverse range of faculty and guest critics who will be an integral part of the RISD educational experience.

The summer health insurance waiver is optional and only for those students enrolled in summer programs who do not want to participate in RISD's health insurance plan. Information about immunization requirements can be found through RISD Health Services.

Cost

Lab fee: $1,250 (6 credits)

The lab fee includes the cost of field trips, transportation and most of the tools and materials you will need for the course.

Single room in a shared apartment: $2,050*
Private apartment: $2,560*

*MLA students are not required to live in RISD’s campus housing during this program. If you do choose to live on campus, you will be required to remain on campus through the Fall semester and an additional housing fee for the semester will apply.

Schedule

Thursday, June 29: Summer health insurance waiver due
Monday, August 1: Design Foundation begins
Sunday, July 30: Residence halls open for MLA students
Thursday, August 31: Design Foundation ends

Classes run from 9am-6pm Monday through Friday each week (with some evening lectures) and three Saturdays.

Please address questions about the MLA summer program to
Emily Vogler
Assistant Professor
evogler@risd.edu




MAT (one-year program)

Teaching + Learning in Art + Design

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Students entering the Master of Arts in Teaching program begin their studies with a six-week summer session. By early May 2017, students will receive the MAT Program Handbook, which will act as a comprehensive guide to the program, including key dates such as fall/spring semester and wintersession start and end dates among other pertinent information. There are no supply purchases or costs required by incoming MAT students prior to the program’s start date.

The summer health insurance waiver is optional and only for those students enrolled in summer programs who do not want to participate in RISD's health insurance plan. Information about immunization requirements can be found through RISD Health Services.

Schedule

Thursday, June 29: Summer health insurance waiver due
Monday, July 10: Summer session begins
Friday, August 18: Summer session ends

Please address further questions about the MAT summer program to
Sue McGuire
TLAD Administrative Coordinator
smcguire@risd.edu
401-454-6695

Dr. Paul Sproll
TLAD Department Head
psproll@risd.edu
401 454-6695