Experimental and Foundation Studies Division

As the studio curriculum for all first-year undergraduate students at RISD, Experimental and Foundation Studies is comprised of three programs of study: Drawing, Design and Spatial Dynamics, each of which meets one full day per week. Freshmen are assigned to a section of approximately 20 students who attend the three studio classes together.

Experimental and Foundation faculty members emphasize the development of rigorous critical inquiry and motivate students to learn independently. Projects are designed to encourage exploration, questioning and risk taking. At the end of each project, critiques are held so that students can discuss their intentions and processes, and reflect on the capacity of the work to embody ideas and emotions.


Diane Blair
Foundation Studies Office Supervisor
401 454-6672

Elliot Clapp
Digital Education Manager
401 454-6176
Carr House

George Dyment
Technical Assistant II
401 952-4551

Evan Finkle
Digital Fabrications Technician

Paula Gaetano-Adi
Programs Head
401 454-6176

Carol Lasch
Interim Advising Coordinator
401 454-6176

Shane Richards
Technical Assistant III
401 277-4840
Carr House

Joanne Stryker
Dean of Experimental and Foundation Studies
401 454-6177

McDonald Wright
Technical Assistant III
401 454-6761
Carr House

Karen Zucconi
Departmental Coordinator
401 454-6176