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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.

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.

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.

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 10

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nov 18

Studying in the Ocean State for School-Based, Independent, and Community-Based Organization Counselors

10 am ET

The Rhode Island Association of Admission Officers (RIAAO) is pleased to present an informational program through which you can learn about the 11 institutions of higher education in Rhode Island! The program will include a quick introduction and update on what’s new at every institution followed by a Q&A session. It will last approximately 60-75 minutes. This overview of our state’s institutions will leave you with a new option for every student in your caseload.

Archived info sessions

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.