Academic and Career Support for Students

While some in-person services and access will resume in Fall 2020, most of RISD’s centers, collections and labs will continue to support student academic and co-curricular work either partially or entirely online.

Campus Exhibitions

Open only to students, faculty and staff with an active RISD ID, Campus Exhibitions galleries (Woods-Gerry, Gelman, and Sol Koffler) will host exhibitions in their physical spaces throughout the 2020-21 academic year, while adhering to campus-wide public health protocols. Each gallery will have a maximum number of visitors allowed at one time, which means a possible wait to enter, and group visits might not be feasible. All planning meetings will happen remotely. Exhibitors will deliver and remove work in timed intervals. There will be no opening receptions due to the COVID capacity limits. For more information email See the online 2020 Senior and Grad Thesis Shows here and here.

Career Center

The Career Center will deliver its advisingresources, and programming remotely throughout the academic year 2020-2021. We’re here to help you refine your materials, expand your skills, build your networks and develop strategies to search for jobs, internshipsgrants, residencies, and other professional opportunities. Since our highly regarded signature events usually encompass large gatherings, the Design ReviewFine Arts Review and Internship Connect will all be online experiences this year. Learn more at

Center for Arts & Language

Peer and professional tutors at RISD’s Center for Arts & Language (A&L) are offering tutoring in academic, creative, professional and personal communication (written, spoken and visual) online via Zoom for fall and Wintersession 2020–21. Make an appointment or email us at

Co-Works Research Lab

Peer tutors are available for remote help with projects that require software and digital literacies (Adobe Suite, 3D modeling, coding, physical computing, and more) and at-home making skills. Visit for more information. For a list of Providence and online material and service providers, click here.

Disability Services

Disability Support Services is offering virtual intake meetings through Zoom to students interested in registering for academic accommodations. Students registered with DSS also have access to one-to-one time management meetings through Zoom. Please reach out to to schedule an appointment or to learn more about how DSS can support you. Please find additional student and faculty resources here.

Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab

The Nature Lab is open in the fall only to students, faculty and staff with an active RISD ID. Nature Lab staff are also available to students and faculty for online consultation and technical support. Appointments will be available during the following times for on-site use of the natural history collection and imaging equipment:

  • Main Collection:
    • Monday-Friday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Monday-Thursday: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Sunday: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Imaging Lab
    • Monday-Friday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Services include information about the natural history collection, biomaterials advice, sustainability tools, 3D scanning, GIS, photography and more. Requests for 3-D scans and digitized images from the lab’s collection will be considered according to equipment and specimen availability. See the Nature Lab contact page for more details or use their direct request forms for faculty and students.

Fleet Library

Fleet Library is open currently only to students, faculty and staff with an active RISD ID for contactless pick-up of books, DVDs and other circulating materials. Beginning September 1, more of the physical spaces of the library will be accessible by appointment and with strict adherence to physical distancing protocols. Books, periodicals, masters theses, and zines can be browsed; course reserves consulted, and scanners used between the following hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Friday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Access the Fleet Guide to Remote Library Operations for:

  • how to search for and request books and DVDs
  • request a scan of an article or book chapter
  • book an online research appointment
  • find an expanded variety of online resources from e-Books and e-journals to streaming film and image databases
  • From Sept. 1, make appointments to visit first and second floor areas of the library

Are you a returning student who has library materials checked out? Keep them for now! Research questions? Email or request a Zoom appointment. For other inquiries, email

Archives, Special Collections, and the Visual + Materials Resource Center have appointments available starting September 1. See the Fleet Library website for hours.

Media Resource Center

RISD Media Resources has an updated COVID-19 response plan in place for the use of the equipment checkout service and access to RISD Auditorium. Please check the Media Resources website for updates on their services. The Media Resource Center will open September 17.

Office of Graduate Studies

The Office of Graduate Studies is an institutional navigation and information hub for students, faculty and staff concerning all aspects of graduate study shared across departmental programs and divisions. The office works closely with graduate program directors and student leadership to facilitate graduate study and to support the graduate community at RISD.

Office of International Student Services

International Student Services is taking virtual student appointments through Zoom, using GChat, and, if a student requests, communicating through other messaging services that might be easier/more accessible in their home countries (LINE, WeChat, KakaoTalk, WhatsApp, etc). We can assist international students with inquiries regarding travel, I-20s, CPT/OPT/STEM OPT work authorization, Leave of Absence, Exception to Academic Policy, etc. Contact us at

Remote Learning Support

Students in need of training on how to use Canvas can visit the Information Technology Services page for training links, as well as how-to guides. You can also contact ITS for assistance directly using

Students should also familiarize themselves with the guidelines for remote learning. It is important to be prepared, be aware of your surroundings, be aware of yourself and always be courteous.

RISD Global

Given the ongoing and global COVID-19 pandemic and its significant impacts on travel, borders and visa restrictions, as well as RISD’s campus re-opening plans, all RISD Global off-campus learning programs are suspended for fall 2020 and Wintersession 2021.

During this time, RISD Global is offering a robust series of remote advising and information sessions for students interested in participating in future off-campus global learning experiences, which include: RISD Global Exchange, RISD in Rome: European Honors Program, Wintersession travel courses and Global Summer Studies, among others. For full information please visit: or contact us at Our team is very happy to offer advising hours that work for across all time zones.

RISD Museum

The RISD Museum will reopen in fall 2020 for students, faculty and staff with an active RISD ID. Students can continue to explore art and ideas in the galleries, delve into research, gain professional practice, and realize creative visions. Explore the museum’s expansive digital content and resources like the online collectionSign up for virtual open hours and office hours with staff and apply to the Museum Guild or pre-professional opportunities. Learn more about student resources here.