Graduate Information Programs

Prospective students are welcome to join us on campus to learn more about our graduate programs and two types of visit opportunities are available:


IN FOcus

Our IN FOcus events offer an overview of graduate education at RISD and an up-close look at specific programs of interest.

The Dean of Graduate Studies, faculty and currently enrolled students will offer a broad view of our graduate learning community. Staff from Student Financial Services and the Admissions Office will share insights on financing graduate study and applying for admission. You’ll tour the campus and spend time with faculty and students in your program of interest.

Two In FOcus events are scheduled:

An added feature of IN FOcus on November 7 is the opportunity to enjoy Graduate Open Studios. In the evening, current students open their private RISD studio spaces to the community, providing an up-close connection to the diverse range of exploration underway.


Information Programs

Presented by the Admissions Office, these programs provide introductions to our graduate programs, resources, community and application process. Each event also offers a guided tour of campus, with an emphasis on graduate facilities.

Visitors may choose from three program dates:

Programs begin in the Admissions Office in the Woods-Gerry House at 62 Prospect Street. The presentation and tour typically take two hours or more.


Graduate Portfolio Days

If you can’t visit us here in Providence, please plan to meet with RISD representatives at a National Portfolio Day session in your area. RISD will be attending these three events in the coming year.

San Francisco, CA
California College of the Arts
800 447-1ART

New York, NY
Parsons The New School for Design212 229-8900

Chicago, IL
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
800 232-7242
312 629-6100

Further details about time and location are available from the host institution.

For Visitors

Schedule a visit
Make a reservation online.

Visit on a weekday
download a weekday visit information sheet

Visit on a Saturday
download a Saturday visit information sheet

Campus location
Admissions Office
Woods-Gerry House
62 Prospect Street
Providence, RI 02906

8:30 am–4:30 pm

Mailing address
Admissions Office
Rhode Island School of Design
Two College Street
Providence, RI 02903

Traveling to Providence?
Book a hotel with one of RISD’s partner hotels at our campus travel portal.

Please note: all RISD offices are closed on Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, the week between Christmas and New Year’s, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.

Tours for Grad Students

The Admissions Office provides campus tours throughout the year. Although focused primarily on undergraduate students, graduate candidates are also welcome.

Graduate Studies does not provide unscheduled, individual tours. However, you may wish to contact a Graduate Program Director directly in your field of interest to arrange for a phone conversation or special appointment. Please keep in mind that such arrangements depend upon each director’s teaching schedule and availability.

Memorial Hall, originally built as a church in 1851, has been newly renovated to house RISD's Painting Department.