Graduate information on and off campus

The following events and programs are designed to introduce you to the learning opportunities available through RISD’s graduate programs.


On-campus events

IN FOcus

Our IN FOcus events offer an overview of graduate education at RISD and an up-close look at specific programs of interest.

The Dean of Graduate Studies, faculty and currently enrolled students offer a broad view of our graduate learning community, while staff members from Student Financial Services and Admissions share insights on financing graduate study and applying for admission. You’ll also have the opportunity to tour RISD and spend time with faculty and students in your preferred program.

Saturday, October 17, 3-6pm
Friday, November 13, 2-5pm

» register for an In FOcus program

At 6pm on November 13th you are welcome to continue your visit and join current graduate students as they share their work in progress with the community at our annual Grad Open Studios.


Information Programs

Presented by the Admissions Office, these programs provide introductions to our graduate programs, learning resources, community and application process. Each event also offers a guided tour of campus, with an emphasis on graduate facilities. Programs begin in the Admissions Office in Woods-Gerry House (62 Prospect Street). The presentation and tour typically take two hours or more and reservations are required.

Thursday, October 1 at 3pm
Thursday, October 15 at 4pm
Thursday, November 12 at 4pm

» register for an information program


Online information programs

If you are not able to travel to Providence, an online information program provides a similar introduction to our graduate programs, learning resources, community and campus. We'll also describe the steps to apply for admission and financial aid.

Thursday, September 24 at 12pm
» register for this session

Thursday, October 8 at 3pm
» register for this session

Thursday, October 22 at 12pm
» register for this session

Thursday, November 5 at 3pm
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Thursday, December 3 at 12pm
Application Question and Answer Session
» register for this session


Events around the US

Graduate Portfolio Days

RISD will have representatives at all of the graduate portfolio days organized by the National Portfolio Day Association. We look forward to meeting you at one of these events:

Sunday, October 25
Parsons The New School for Design

Saturday, October 31
San Francisco Art Institute

Sunday, November 8
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

For Visitors

Schedule a visit
Make a reservation online.

Can't take a guided tour? Download our mobile app instead.

Campus location
Admissions Office
Woods-Gerry House
62 Prospect Street
Providence, RI 02906

8:30 am–4:30 pm

Mailing address
Admissions Office
Rhode Island School of Design
Two College Street
Providence, RI 02903

Traveling to Providence?
Book a hotel with one of RISD’s partner hotels at our campus travel portal.

Please note: all RISD offices are closed on Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, the week between Christmas and New Year’s, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.

Students often need to double up to transport large canvases, especially when it’s windy along the riverwalk in front
of the RISD Auditorium.