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Hosted by members of the Admissions team, our online programs give an excellent introduction to life and learning at RISD, how to apply and develop your portfolio and more. You can browse by theme and sign up for events below:

RISD 101

Learn all about RISD, from our academics and student life to the application process.

Sep 22

RISD 101 for Parents + Families

12–1 pm ET

Is your child considering art school? Learn all about RISD, from our academics and student life to careers and financial aid. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Sep 23

RISD 101 with Timothy

3–4 pm ET

Admissions Officer Timothy Lai will cover all things RISD, from our academics and student life to the application process. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Sep 30

RISD 101 with Antonio

3–4 pm ET

Admissions Officer Antonio Peters will cover all things RISD, from our academics and student life to the application process. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Oct 4

RISD 101 with Melanie

10–11 am ET

Admissions Officer Melanie Patterson will cover all things RISD, from our academics and student life to the application process. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Oct 18

RISD 101 for International Students with Victor and Timothy

7:30–8:30 am ET

Architecture student Victor Gu and Admissions Officer Timothy Lai will guide you through RISD's academics, programs, and application process, with a special focus on the international student experience. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Oct 21

RISD 101 with Isabelle

3–4 pm ET

Admissions Officer Isabelle Sanchez will cover all things RISD, from our academics and student life to the application process. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Oct 28

RISD 101 with Melanie

3–4 pm ET

Admissions Officer Melanie Patterson will cover all things RISD, from our academics and student life to the application process. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Nov 10

RISD 101 for International Students with Victor and Timothy

7:30–8:30 am ET

Architecture student Victor Gu and Admissions Officer Timothy Lai will guide you through RISD's academics, programs, and application process, with a special focus on the international student experience. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Nov 11

RISD 101 with Antonio

3–4 pm ET

Admissions Officer Antonio Peters will cover all things RISD, from our academics and student life to the application process. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Nov 18

RISD 101 with Antonio

3–4 pm ET

Admissions Officer Antonio Peters will cover all things RISD, from our academics and student life to the application process. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Nov 28

RISD 101 with Timothy

3–4 pm ET

Admissions Officer Timothy Lai will cover all things RISD, from our academics and student life to the application process. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Dec 29

RISD 101 with Antonio

1–2 pm ET

Admissions Officer Antonio Peters will cover all things RISD, from our academics and student life to the application process. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Jan 6

RISD 101 with Melanie

3–4 pm ET

Admissions Officer Melanie Patterson will cover all things RISD, from our academics and student life to the application process. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Jan 13

RISD 101 with Isabelle

3–4 pm ET

Admissions Officer Isabelle Sanchez will cover all things RISD, from our academics and student life to the application process. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Jan 20

RISD 101 with Antonio

3–4 pm ET

Admissions Officer Antonio Peters will cover all things RISD, from our academics and student life to the application process. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Jan 27

RISD 101 with Isabelle

3–4 pm ET

Admissions Officer Isabelle Sanchez will cover all things RISD, from our academics and student life to the application process. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Ask Admissions Anything

Join a one-hour session to ask an admissions officer your questions in real time.

Sep 22

Ask Admissions Anything with Timothy: International Student Experience

7:30–8:30 am ET

Ask Admissions Officer Timothy Lai anything on your mind about the international student experience at RISD. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Sep 24

Ask Admissions Anything with Isabelle

3–4 pm ET

Ask Admissions Officer Isabelle Sanchez anything on your mind about what it’s like to attend or apply to RISD. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Oct 8

Ask Admissions Anything with Isabelle

3-4 pm ET

Ask Admissions Officer Isabelle Sanchez anything on your mind about what it’s like to attend or apply to RISD. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Oct 22

Ask Admissions Anything for Transfers

3–4 pm ET

Ask anything on your mind about what it’s like to attend or apply to RISD as a transfer applicant. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Oct 22

Ask Admissions Anything: Brown|RISD Dual Degree

7:15–8:15 pm ET

Have questions about the Brown|RISD Dual Degree Program (BRDD)? Join Admissions Officer Isabelle Sanchez for an open discussion guided by your questions. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Oct 23

Ask Admissions Anything for College Counselors + Art Educators

2–3 pm ET

Join Mike Cameron, Director of Admissions, Recruitment, for an open discussion guided by your questions. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Nov 5

Ask Admissions Anything with Antonio

3–4 pm ET

Ask Admissions Officer Antonio Peters anything on your mind about what it’s like to attend or apply to RISD. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Nov 19

Ask Admissions Anything with Melanie

3–4 pm ET

Ask Admissions Officer Melanie Patterson anything on your mind about what it’s like to attend or apply to RISD. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Dec 17

Ask Admissions Anything with Isabelle

1–2 pm ET

Ask Admissions Officer Isabelle Sanchez anything on your mind about what it’s like to attend or apply to RISD. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Jan 7

Ask Admissions Anything with Antonio

3–4 pm ET

Ask Admissions Officer Antonio Peters anything on your mind about what it’s like to attend or apply to RISD. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Jan 21

Ask Admissions Anything with Melanie

3–4 pm ET

Ask Admissions Officer Melanie Patterson anything on your mind about what it’s like to attend or apply to RISD. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Application Prep + Portfolio Tips

Get advice directly from reviewers about everything from navigating the Common Application to developing and refining your creative work.

Sep 29

Application Prep 2: Writing Your College Essay

6–7 pm ET

Join Mike Cameron, Director of Admissions, Recruitment, to hear advice that comes from 16 years of reading college essays. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Oct 5

Portfolio Tips with Timothy: Advice for Early Decision Applicants

3–4 pm ET

Get portfolio advice from Admissions Officer Timothy Lai before the ED deadline. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Oct 9

Portfolio Tips with Melanie: Advice for Transfers Applicants

3–4 pm ET

Get advice from Admissions Officer Melanie Patterson, RISD's Transfer specialist, about preparing the strongest portfolio for admission. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Oct 27

Application Prep 3: Checklist + Final Touches for Early Decision Applicants

6–7 pm ET

Join this webinar to ensure you're on track to complete the strongest ED application for RISD. Regular Decision applicants are welcome to join too. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Nov 17

Application Prep 4: The Journey of a RISD Application

3–4 pm ET

Curious about what's happening behind the scenes in the Admissions Office? Join this webinar to learn about the journey of a typical RISD application, how it's reviewed, how to update or modify your own, and how to use the RISD applicant portal. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Dec 1

Portfolio Tips: Photography and Digital Materials

3–4 pm ET

Join Admissions Officers Antonio Peters and Isabelle Sanchez to learn how to mix and diversify your process using photography, digital tools, and digital materials. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Dec 18

Portfolio Tips with Melanie: Advice for Regular Decision Applicants

3–4 pm ET

Get advice from Admissions Officer Melanie Patterson before the Regular Decision deadline. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Jan 5

Application Prep 5: Curating & Presenting your Portfolio

6–7 pm ET

Join Admissions Officer Isabelle Sanchez for advice about curating your portfolio navigating the online platform SlideRoom, which you’ll use to submit your work. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Jan 26

Application Prep 6: Checklist & Final Touches for Regular Decision Applicants

6–7 pm ET

Join this webinar to ensure you're on track to complete the strongest RD application for RISD. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Campus Tours + Student Life

Join an admissions officer for a detailed perspective of our campus, facilities and resources and learn more about student life outside the studio and classroom.

Sep 28

Campus Tour with Melanie

3–4 pm ET

Admissions Officer Melanie Patterson will give you an inside look at our tools, resources and spaces on campus, from major-specific workspaces to first-year dorms. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Oct 19

Campus Tour with Timothy

3–4 pm ET

Admissions Officer Timothy Lai will give you an inside look at our tools, resources and spaces on campus, from major-specific workspaces to first-year dorms. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Oct 26

Campus Tour with Isabelle

3–4 pm ET

Admissions Officer Isabelle Sanchez will give you an inside look at our tools, resources and spaces on campus, from major-specific workspaces to first-year dorms. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Nov 9

Campus Tour with Isabelle

3–4 pm ET

Admissions Officer Isabelle Sanchez will give you an inside look at our tools, resources and spaces on campus, from major-specific workspaces to first-year dorms. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Nov 17

Life Outside the Studio

7:30–8:30 pm ET

Join Admissions and current students to discuss the range of activities in which our students are involved on and off campus. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Nov 23

Campus Tour with Antonio

3–4 pm ET

Admissions Officer Antonio Peters will give you an inside look at our tools, resources and spaces on campus, from major-specific workspaces to first-year dorms. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Dec 14

Campus Tour with Antonio

3–4 pm ET

Admissions Officer Antonio Peters will give you an inside look at our tools, resources and spaces on campus, from major-specific workspaces to first-year dorms. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Jan 10

Campus Tour with Antonio

10–11 am ET

Admissions Officer Antonio Peters will give you an inside look at our tools, resources and spaces on campus, from major-specific workspaces to first-year dorms. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Jan 18

Campus Tour with Melanie

3–4 pm ET

Admissions Officer Melanie Patterson will give you an inside look at our tools, resources and spaces on campus, from major-specific workspaces to first-year dorms. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Studio Visits

Get inspired and tune in for chats with students, faculty and other artists and designers to hear about their work and practice.

Sep 25

Alumni Studio Visit: Armando Veve, Illustration

3–4 pm ET

Join this special event to get an inside look at the studio practice of Armando Veve BFA 2011 Illustration. Armando is a Forbes 30 Under 30 winner and the illustrator of this year’s Admissions poster. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Social Equity + Inclusion

As part of RISD’s commitment to social equity and inclusion, this webinar series offers support for prospective students from historically underrepresented groups including but not limited to Black students, Hispanic/Latinx American students, Native American students and Asian-American students, as well as first-generation students. Students from families with limited financial resources, regardless of cultural or racial identity, are also welcome to join. While these are considerations for participation, they are not meant to imply exclusivity. Students interested in joining more opportunities created specifically for historically underrepresented groups can opt in to hear from us and learn more.

Dec 2

Ask Admissions Anything for prospective HUG applicants: Portfolio Advice and Tips

3–4 pm ET

Created with the intention to make space and provide support for prospective students from historically underrepresented groups (HUGs), Admissions Officer Timothy Lai will be available to answer any questions you have about portfolio tips and strategies. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Dec 16

Ask Admissions Anything for prospective HUG applicants: Application Advice and Tips

3–4 pm ET

Created with the intention to make space and provide support for prospective students from historically underrepresented groups (HUGs), Admissions Officer Timothy Lai will be available to answer any questions you have about applying to RISD. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Jan 5

Ask Admissions Anything for prospective HUG applicants: Student experience

7–8 pm ET

Created with the intention to make space and provide support for prospective students from historically underrepresented groups (HUGs), Admissions Officer Timothy Lai will be available to answer any questions you have about what it’s like to be a student at RISD. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

For Families + Applicants

Designed for applicants and their families, these info sessions cover everything from the value of an art and design education to RISD application tips and financial aid info.

Sep 22

RISD 101 for Parents + Families

12–1 pm ET

Is your child considering art school? Learn all about RISD, from our academics and student life to careers and financial aid. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Oct 1

Financial Aid at RISD

7–8 pm ET

Hear from Student Financial Services about financial aid at RISD. Learn about FAFSA and CSS Profile requirements and how to plan accordingly. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Oct 14

Brown|RISD Dual Degree with Isabelle

7–8 pm ET

The Brown|RISD Dual Degree Program (BRDD) brings together two world-class institutions to offer students an opportunity to pursue collaborative and multidisciplinary work. Hear from Admissions Officer Isabelle Sanchez and directly from current BRDD students about this unique program and how to apply. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Oct 20

From STEM to STEAM: Why Art + Design Now

7:30–8:30 pm ET

In this webinar we’ll discuss how art and design education is preparing the thinking and action necessary to solve the increasingly complex challenges of today. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Jan 12

Careers in the Arts

7–8 pm ET

RISD Careers will discuss a range of possible career paths in the arts and how they will support you as a student and alum. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

For College Counselors + Art Educators

Designed for counselors and educators, these info sessions offer tips for guiding students through the application and more.

Sep 18

Inside Look with Mike

2–3 pm ET

Join Mike Cameron, Director of Admissions, Recruitment, for a discussion about what's new at RISD and how we review applications. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Oct 23

Ask Admissions Anything for College Counselors + Art Educators

2–3 pm ET

Join Mike Cameron, Director of Admissions, Recruitment, for an open discussion guided by your questions. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Archived info sessions

RISD 101

Learn the basics of learning and living at RISD with Admissions Officer Isabelle Sanchez.

RISD Assignment announcement and tips

The Admissions team shares the new RISD Assignment for those applying to be undergraduates in 2021.

Application Prep 1: Application Launch

Hear Michael Cameron, Director of Admissions, Recruitment, plus members of the Admissions team for tips about completing your strongest application possible. We hope you'll join us. Please contact us at admissions@risd.edu with any questions about the program or registration.

Facilities and resources on campus

Admissions Officers Antonio Peters and Melanie Patterson give an inside look at the tools, resources and spaces on campus, from major-specific workspaces to first-year dorms.

Student studio visit: Eli Kauffman, Painting

Meet Eli Kauffman, a fourth-year Painting student, as they share how their work has changed during their time at RISD.