Student Support

While some in-person services and access have resumed, most of RISD’s centers, collections and labs will continue to support student academic and co-curricular work either partially or entirely online in Spring 2021.

Campus Exhibitions

Campus Exhibitions is hosting in-person shows at all campus galleries in Spring 2021. In accordance with RISD’s COVID protocols, we will be limiting the number of visitors at a time, and there will be no opening receptions. Admission is on a drop-in basis

Exhibitions staff members will be on campus in spring semester and will be available to answer any questions pertaining to upcoming shows or anything related to exhibitions or installations via email at



Feminized | March 13- April 4

Curated by Mariana Ramos Ortiz, Breslin Bell MFA Printmaking ‘21

Memories | April 10- 25

Curated by Ethan Murakami, Kasia Hope BFA GD ’21, BFA Textiles ‘21

Chai Tea Latte | May 1-16

Curated by Siddharth Thuppil, BFA ID ‘22


WOODS-GERRY | Senior Shows

Feb. 26- March 2                         Illustration  

March 5-9                                    Painting  

March 12-16                                  Industrial Design 

March 19-23                                 Graphic Design 

March 26-April 6                         Painting 

April 9-13                                     Photo & Jewelry 

April 16-20                                   Textiles  

April 23-27                                   Furniture 

April 30-May 4                            Glass & FAV Open Media 

May 7-11                                        Sculpture 

May 14-18                                      Printmaking  & Ceramics 



Sculpture                 March 27-April 11 

Glass                        April 17-May 2 

Printmaking             May 8-May 23



May 27-June 5

RISD Museum Chace Center galleries and WaterFire Arts Center

Career Center

The Career Center will continue to deliver its advising, resources, and programming remotely throughout Spring 2021. We will be open 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday for career advising appointments and offer drop-in hours 9:00am-1:00pm on Monday, Wednesday & Friday and 11:00am-1:00pm on Tuesday & Thursday. We’re here to help you refine your materials, expand your skills, build your networks and develop strategies to search for jobs, internships, grants, residencies, and other professional opportunities. Learn more at

Center for Arts & Language

Peer and professional tutors at the Center for Arts & Language (A&L) will continue to offer tutoring in academic, creative, professional and personal communication (written, spoken and visual) remotely via Zoom in Spring 2021. Make an appointment or email us at

Co-Works Research Lab

Co-Works Research Lab will continue to offer online peer tutoring during Spring 2021. Students are encouraged to book appointments for help with both digital and physical making skills including software, 3D modeling, coding, hand sewing and knitting, and much more. Our on-site programs are currently paused. We plan to relaunch lab access in spring as health outcomes allow.

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 will be open March 1 to May 23, Monday to Friday, 9am-noon, and 1pm-5 pm for specimen pick-up and pre-scheduled in-person appointments only. The upstairs collection room will also be open, by pre-scheduled appointments, Thursday evenings from 6pm to 9pm. We encourage students and faculty to browse our growing online collection of macro photographs, microscope images, and scanning electron micrographs on Flickr, as well as our digital library of 3D-scanned specimens on SketchFab. We’re also available via virtual appointments to support your science and nature-related projects, from inspiration on pattern, structure, color and form, to regenerative design. Learn more and access forms at

Fleet Library

Fleet Library will continue to offer contactless pick-up and self-scheduled in-person appointments during Spring 2021. Archives, Special Collections, and Visual + Material Resources will be accessible weekdays by appointment only, for both virtual and in-person visits. Find all hours of operation here

Visit the Fleet Guide to Remote Library Operations to:

  • learn how to search for and request books and DVDs
  • request pickups, or a scan of an article or book chapter
  • book an online or in-person appointment
  • find an expanded variety of online resources from e-books and e-journals to streaming film and image databases

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 fro Spring semester March 1.

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 and advocate for the graduate community at RISD. 

The Office of Graduate Studies can be reached by email at and is available to meet or chat remotely by appointment. The office offers online programming and events throughout the semester especially for the graduate community.

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 also hold Online Drop-In Advising Hours every Tuesday from 8:30am-10am EST and Thursdays from 11:30am-1pm EST. 

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 on-campus plans, all RISD Global off-campus learning programs are suspended for Spring 2021.

We are looking forward to offering a suite of virtual Global Summer Studies through which students will have unique opportunities to engage with makers, thinkers, scholars, artists, and designers in such diverse locations as the Azores, Thailand, Rome, and Denmark. More on RISD’s virtual Global Summer Studies will be posted here soon.

During this time, the RISD Global team encourages students to look ahead and start researching and planning future off-campus global learning at RISD. To support this process, we are offering a full range of advising sessions through 1:1 virtual connections and other virtual resources. We are happy to work with students to understand the best time zone for your advising session. For full information please visit: or contact us at

RISD Museum

The RISD Museum will reopen for students, faculty and staff with an active RISD ID on March 2, 2021. Students can continue to explore art and ideas in the galleries, delve into research, gain professional practice, and realize creative visions. 

Students: Explore the online collection and digital content. Sign 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.

Faculty: Museum staff are supporting students through expanded virtual open hours, pre-professional opportunities, and more, and will work collaboratively with faculty to develop virtual, live or asynchronous class visits and assignments. Faculty are encouraged to utilize the museum’s expansive digital content, and resources like the online collection and open API, in their teaching. Learn more and request a virtual class visit here.

RISD Research

RISD Research will operate virtually Mon-Fri, 8-6 pm during Spring semester 2021. Staff availability and services will be similar to the fall semester. The office helps grads and other students with finding grant and fellowship opportunities, approaching funders, reading grants guidelines and RFPs, and recommended best practices.