RISD By Design is a great opportunity for parents of current RISD students to become better acquainted with the RISD family. Throughout the weekend there will be opportunities to visit classrooms, talk with RISD faculty and career specialists, network with other RISD parents, and browse current student artwork. Don’t miss these great segments featured in our “Parents Track” of programming:
Friday, October 10
Student Works @ Gelman Gallery
10 am – 5 pm
Take in the latest student-curated show at the Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery, an enticing space to check out new work on the second floor of the Chace Center.
Majorly Eye-Opening | Classroom Visits
1 - 4 pm
Want an up-close look at students and faculty at work? Interested parents and alumni can explore classes in progress in Architecture + Design, Fine Arts, Foundation Studies and Liberal Arts. More information about specific classes and locations will be available at registration.
Roadmap to RISD (and beyond)
1 - 4:30 pm
Tailored towards parents but open to everyone, this three-part presentation highlights RISD’s talented faculty, looking at the structure of the academic experience and how studio work prepares students for real-world careers.
President’s Welcoming Reception
4:30 - 6 pm
Join us for cocktails with interim President Rosanne Somerson 76 ID as you mix and mingle with other alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff during this festive outdoor kickoff to a great weekend.
Saturday, October 11
Parents’ Coffee + Conversation
8:15 – 9:15 am
Fuel up for the day with other RISD parents over coffee, pastries and informal conversation.
The Freshman Experience: An Inside Look at Foundation Studies
11:15 am – noon
Dean of Foundation Studies Joanne Stryker and Foundation faculty discuss the importance of RISD’s first-year program and why it makes such an indelible impact on students for years to come. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions during a brief Q&A session at the end.
Residence Life: Where Can I Live Next Year?
12:30 – 1 pm
Especially important for parents of first-year students, this session explains RISD’s diverse housing options, the housing selection timeline and how the housing selection process works.