Summer + Special Study Options

Summer Programs

Students may take summer courses for credit at RISD and other accredited colleges and universities. Transfer credit for courses must be approved by the student’s department head (for studio courses) or the Dean of Liberal Arts (for liberal arts courses) before summer session begins. 

Summer courses at RISD are available through Continuing Education’s Summer Studies program, which offers a variety of art, design and liberal arts classes designed to meet the needs of college students at all levels. Although timeframes vary from two-week intensive workshops to six-week concentrated courses, all Summer Studies classes enable students to build competencies in balanced ways.

RISD/CE credit is treated as transfer credit by RISD’s undergraduate degree programs. Although each course is recorded in a student’s transcript, the grade is not, nor is the grade counted in the GPA calculation. Different policies apply regarding the transfer of RISD/CE credit to RISD degree programs, depending on whether the person is an undergraduate or a graduate student, and on whether the course is a studio or a liberal arts course.

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In a studio called Design Science students explore geometric patterns and relationships, in part by constructing models.