Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies

The Summer Institute of Graphic Design (SIGDS) is an opportunity for students and professionals to participate in an array of two-week accredited courses at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Tuition for each course is $2,500 + a $15 lab fee, (discounted tuition rate for RISD Alumna/us of $1,750). Courses in Schedule 1 run from Mondays - Fridays from 9:00AM - 4:30PM, and courses in Schedules 2 and 3 run from 9:00AM - 4:00PM. There will be no class held on Friday, July 4.

Schedule 1

June 30 - July 11


Schedule 2

July 14 - July 25


  • Identity + Branding

    Type + Image Design
    Relationships between typeface and image explored as functioning visual systems

Schedule 3

July 28 - August 8


  • Magazine Design

    Magazine Design
    Analyses and projects revolving around effective magazine layouts

  • Type + Image Design

    Book Design
    Covers all aspects of designing comprehensive art and photographic books

  • Book Design

    Poster Design
    How to combine design and message to create powerful, effective posters

  • Web Design

    Web Design
    How to conceive, prototype and program websites using HTML, CSS and JavaScript