Advising at the graduate level is conducted typically by the Graduate Program Director (GPD), although some programs may assign students to full-time faculty advisors other than, or in addition to the GPD (for example in Landscape Architecture). Students choose their Thesis Committee Chair who provides guidance on the master’s thesis specifically.
In addition to your required degree program curriculum, consider registering for a course from the graduate seminar series. These courses are indicated by the prefix GRAD in the course announcement.
Wintersession is a great opportunity for graduate students to teach a course of your own design. Work with your Graduate Program Director on a course proposal. **Note some programs require you to start on your proposal in the summer before fall semester.**
August 1, 2018
Registration for fall classes for incoming graduate students
September 3 – 6 , 2018
Graduate Student Welcome Week
Academic Advising for new transfer and graduate students
September 6, 2018
Add/drop registration period begins. If you have questions about adding/dropping a class consult your advisor.
The graduate written thesis—an accompaniment to the thesis body of work and a requirement for all RISD graduate students—is a highlight of the graduate experience. It’s also a complex challenge, requiring intensive research, rigorous thought, sharp articulation, and considered book design.
RISD offers a wide range of support for the written thesis, which we encourage you to draw from liberally and early, starting in your very first semester.
December 14, 2018
January 3, 2019
Add drop registration period begins. Ends on January 10. If you have questions about adding/dropping a class consult your advisor.
Call for Proposals in Early February
The call for proposals for Graduate student teacher courses will be in early February each year. Work with your GPD on your proposal, which must be submitted by the proposal deadline, usually early April.
February 6, 2019
February 14, 2019
Add drop registration period begins. Ends on February 23. If you have questions about adding/dropping a class consult your advisor.
May 24, 2019