Health and safety is a priority at RISD. Please see welcome.risd.edu/risd-during-covid-19.

RISD during COVID-19

Like many schools around the world, instruction at RISD went fully remote in spring 2020 to stop the spread of the virus. While a lot has changed since then, a lot has also stayed the same—our students are back to full immersion in making and learning. We’ll stay in close communication with you until we have information to share about plans for 2021–22.

How we reopened in fall 2020

Wondering what campus looked like this fall? From hundreds of new sanitizing stations to reimagined curriculums and outdoor classrooms, the RISD community worked tirelessly to support our students on campus again.

Keeping RISD safe

RISD has implemented testing, physical distancing, cleaning and disinfecting measures, and other campus-wide efforts to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our community. Visit covid.risd.edu for a complete and up-to-date picture of how RISD is keeping students, faculty, and staff safe.

What a hybrid academic model looks like

RISD’s fall 2020 semester offered as much in-person instruction as safely possible. Core studio and shop-based courses were held in person, with other courses held both online and in person. To get a sense of how this worked per division and plans for spring 2021, read more on covid.risd.edu.

What campus life looks like now

With most in-person gatherings and traditions on hold this year, this wasn’t the fall semester most new college students envision. Despite this, we’re still finding lots of ways to meet—from virtual dinners to online studio visits to new student zoom events, students are getting to know each other, finding inspiration and connecting over shared interests.