Through a long-standing agreement between
the two institutions, RISD degree candidates may enroll in courses at
Brown University and vice versa. The courses at Brown must be applicable
toward RISD degree requirements or they will not be approved. Brown
University is the only college or university with which RISD has a
reciprocal cross-registration agreement.
RISD students may register for Brown
courses no earlier than the first day of Brown’s classes. This policy is
consistent with RISD’s requirements for Brown students who wish to take
courses at RISD. Classes for Fall 2011 begin at Brown on September 7;
Spring 2012 classes begin on January 25.
Brown University courses taken by RISD
students will be recorded by RISD as three credit courses, and will be
calculated with that value in all RISD credit load and extra course
For more information, pick up the
brochure on this topic available in the RISD Office of the Registrar
where blank registration forms are available as well.
Grading System Options for RISD students taking courses at Brown
Instructions for RISD/Brown Cross-Registration Fall 2011
For a step-by-step tutorial on the cross-registration process, view this YouTube video.
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To register for courses offered at Brown University under the Cross-Registration agreement:
1) Obtain the RISD/Brown Cross-Registration Form in the RISD Registrar’s Office (20WP, 1st floor) or Foundation Studies (13 Waterman St.) or the Liberal Arts Office (Benefit Street entrance to College Building).
2) Read the instructions on the form carefully. Complete that
portion of the form to be filled out by the student. PLEASE NOTE THE
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY PARAGRAPH AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FORM.
3) Obtain all appropriate approval signatures in sequence from top to bottom at left margin on form.
Proceed to the RISD Liberal Arts Office which is located in the
College Building on 236 Benefit Street to obtain the Division Dean’s
signature if you are seeking liberal arts credit or to your Department
Head for a signature if you are seeking studio or professional elective
credit. ONLY COURSES ACCEPTED FOR CREDIT by the Division of Liberal
Arts or your Department Head will be registered by RISD and Brown
Proceed to the Brown University class and seek to obtain the signature of the instructor at the first class meeting.
Proceed to the Brown University Registrar’s Office (69 Brown Street, J. Walter Wilson Building, 3rd floor) for a signature on or after the first day of classes at Brown. That office will make a copy of the form.
Proceed to the RISD Registrar’s Office for final approval no later than the deadline of September 21 (last day for RISD students to add/drop classes). We’ll retain the form.
4) You are now registered for the class.
Please note that these steps must be completed by the RISD Add/Drop deadline of September 21.
If you decide to drop this course during the Add/Drop period please
act on that decision by filing a Drop Form with the RISD Registrar’s
Office by the deadline. RISD is required to compensate Brown for all
active course registrations by RISD students at Brown as of the end of
the Add/Drop period.