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Donors Rally to Support RISD Students

2021–22 was among RISD’s top five years for fundraising and set a new record for volunteering and other forms of community involvement.

A New Year Begins

First-year students from around the globe experience the start of the 2022–23 academic year at RISD.

Pre-College Program Returns to Campus

The 50th anniversary of RISD’s residential Pre-College program brings 430 high school students to campus for immersive six-week experience.

Opening Doors for Young Artists

Project Open Door students are back on campus this summer, trying their hands at everything from textiles to toy design in long-running RISD program.

Maharam Fellows Make a Difference

RISD students and recent grads are using design thinking skills to support positive change in Africa, Asia and North and South America.

Deep Dive into Block Island Ecology

Students examine a local island habitat through the lenses of environmental justice and Indigenous perspectives.

RISD Global Flies Again

Students are exploring European cultural and design traditions this summer in Denmark, France, Italy and the Azores.

Summer Internships Offer New Perspectives

Hundreds of current RISD students are learning the ropes this summer by working for design firms, nonprofits, publishing companies and more. 

Black Joy Matters

A SPUR-funded project by grad student Zoë Pulley presents positive images of Black people to counteract the negative imagery flooding the media.