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Once spring semester comes to a close at the end of May, students are free to do whatever suits them best in June, July and August. Some choose to stay on campus and take summer courses for credit at RISD, while others opt for interesting summer internships in the US or abroad, or take advantage of wonderful travel/study opportunities through RISD Global. For RISD students, summer also offers coveted time to take a break to travel, spend time at home, think through ideas in their sketchbooks and make art as the mood moves them.

Summer programs

For-credit summer courses are available through RISD Continuing Education, providing college students at all levels with visual arts classes designed to meet their unique needs and interests. Throughout each course, participants complete a variety of engaging assignments, take part in group and individual critiques and create a substantial body of work.

RISD summer courses are perfect for students looking to earn credit toward their degree or for anyone seeking to advance their creative practice. For more information go to the RISD Summer Programs website.

RISD Global Summer programs

To help artists and designers navigate a rapidly changing world, RISD Global offers immersive, credit-bearing creative experiences throughout the world. Whether exploring play and toy design in Nuremberg, bicycle design in Tokyo or myths and legends in Ireland, students learn about local cultures while engaging in artistic exploration and hands-on making.