A number of MArch students in the three-year program begin their studies in the summer. This summer session provides an opportunity for those without previous architecture studio experience to build creative capacity and establish relationships with department faculty as they transition to graduate study at RISD.
A team of faculty that includes the MArch graduate program director teach three studios: Drawing, Design and Spatial Dynamics. In the Design and Spatial Dynamics courses, skills, concepts and theories relating to software and digital modeling, projection, fabrication, critique, presentation and discourse are explored in the context of the discipline of architecture. Along the way, students make use of the department's wood shop and digital fabrication resources. In the Drawing studio students to work alongside art and design students from other departments and discover methods and ideas within and outside of the discipline of architecture.
Estimated housing and dining costs (full board plan with unlimited Met access is required for students living on campus)*
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.
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.
*Graduate students are not required to live in campus housing during this program.
Thursday, June 14: Residence halls open
Thursday, June 14–Sunday, June 17: Summer Orientation
Monday, June 18: Classes begin
Friday, July 27: Classes end
Sunday, July 29: Residence halls close
Please address questions about the MArch summer session to
Graduate Program Director