Professor Dennis Congdon and students critique work in a Painting studio

Transfer students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences are warmly welcomed into RISD’s creative community. If you’re ready for a change and are looking to deepen your studio experience, cultivate fresh approaches and expand your cultural awareness, the Admissions team is here to help you take the next step.


Nov 1

Transfer application deadline for spring semester

Note: application unavailable for 2021

Mar 15

Transfer application deadline for fall semester

Decisions are released the third week of April. Most transfer students are required to begin their RISD education with the Summer Experimental and Foundation Studies Program, a six-week session that runs from mid June through the end of July. Modeled on the full-year Experimental and Foundation Studies curriculum that all freshmen follow, the summer program is an integral part of the RISD learning experience, offering studios in Drawing, Design and Spatial Dynamics. If you have completed the equivalent of RISD’s first-year program, this requirement may be waived. The Admissions Committee automatically reviews all applicants and issues waivers where warranted.

Mar 15

Transfer financial aid deadline

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Attend an info session

Learn more about RISD from our admissions officers and ask any questions you may have through our online info sessions.

Online Portfolio Review

Attend an upcoming virtual portfolio day or upload a sample of your portfolio to to get feedback from RISD representatives.

Explore financial aid

Find out about various options available to help you meet the cost of a RISD education.

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Join our contact list to receive more information in the coming weeks about RISD's programs, community and culture. By joining our contact list, you will receive additional information and insights about how RISD can impact your development and future as a visual creator.