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.


Elliot Clapp
Innovation Director
401 454-6176
Carr House

Simcha Davis
Technical Assistant III

George Dyment
Technical Assistant III
401 952-4551

Spencer Evans
Programs Head

Anja Josuweit-McCall
Interim Office Assistant
401 307-3865

Carol Lasch
Interim Advising Coordinator
401 454-6176

Charlotte Ramdeen
Technical Assistant III

Nicholas Sadler
Technical Assistant III

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

Traci Vaspol
Academic Specialist
401 454-6672

Nicholas Ventola
Technical Assistant III
401 454-6176

Karen Zucconi
Senior Division Coordinator
401 454-6176