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Special Student Program

“Special Students” is a category of part-time registrant who is a “casual” student and not a RISD degree candidate. The registrant selects a course to meet their individual needs. A formal application for admission is not required, but registration requires the approval and signature of the course instructor.

The form for Special Student registration is available in the Registrar’s Office. Registration is on a space available basis on or after the first class day (and by the Add/Drop deadline). Tuition is charged by the credit and some courses have additional charges for materials or fees. Payment of tuition and fees must be made at the time of registration at, and then confirmed by Student Financial Services. Final approval will be given by the Registrar upon confirmation of payment.

A maximum of 6 credit hours may be taken in a semester. Audit status and independent study options are not open to Special Students. An International student may NOT attend RISD on-campus classes as a Special Student due to visa limitations. International students are open to take RISD travel courses as a special student and should make arrangements with their home country for travel to the international location.