Graduate Information Programs

A great way to learn about our 16 graduate programs is to visit RISD for one of three options open to prospective graduate applicants.

IN FOcus: Information Session for Prospective Graduate Students
This year’s IN FOcus session already took place – on Friday, November 15, 2013. Hosted by Graduate Studies, the event offers an overview of graduate education at RISD and an up-close look at specific programs of interest, followed by Graduate Open Studios in the evening. 

Information Programs
Presented by the Admissions Office, these programs provide an introduction to our graduate programs, resources, community and application process. Each event also offers a student-guided tour of campus, with an emphasis on graduate facilities.

Spring 2014 programs are offered on the following dates: 

Friday, April 4 at 4 pm 
Followed by Graduate Open Studios beginning at 7 pm

Thursday, May 15 at 4 pm 
Enjoy the opening of the Graduate Thesis Exhibition at 6 pm

Friday, May 30 at 12:30 pm
Campus tour concludes at the Graduate Thesis Exhibition 

Programs begin in the Admissions Office on the second floor of Woods-Gerry House at 62 Prospect Street. The presentation and tour typically take two hours or more. 

Seating is limited, so please reserve in advance using our online event calendar and registration form. You may also contact the Admissions Office at 401 454-6300 or to make a reservation.

Graduate Portfolio Days
If you can’t visit us here in Providence, please plan to meet with RISD representatives at a National Portfolio Day session in your area. Date have not yet been set for fall 2014 but the cities (and most recent host colleges) RISD usually visits are:

California Institute of the Arts 

San Francisco Art Institute 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago 

Pratt Institute 

School of the Museum of Fine Arts 

Further details about time and location are available from the host institution.

Other Options

The Admissions Office provides campus tours throughout the year. Although focused primarily on undergraduate students, graduate candidates are also welcome.

Graduate Studies does not provide unscheduled, individual tours. However, you may wish to contact a Graduate Program Director directly in your field of interest to arrange for a phone conversation or special appointment. Please keep in mind that such arrangements depend upon each director’s teaching schedule and availability.

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