Student Support

Please be advised that information for Fall 2021 is still being updated. 

.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 closed for summer except to those students and faculty who have permission to be on campus. Walk-in visits are not permitted. Please make a reservation 24 hours in advance. Learn more and access forms at

Fleet Library

Fleet Library will continue to offer contactless pick-up and self-scheduled in-person appointments (with active RISD ID) during Summer 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 for 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. 

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 is open to the public and the RISD community (students, faculty and staff with an active RISD ID) by appointment only for Summer 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. The office helps grads and other students with finding grant and fellowship opportunities, approaching funders, reading grants guidelines and RFPs, and recommended best practices.