Course Description
The last several years have seen movement towards collaboration in art and design. The work of artists such as Keith Edmier and Mathew Brannon highlights the introduction of specialized design expertise in the realm of fine arts, while design firms such as Pentagram and even IKEA increasingly embrace elements of the contradictory and challenging in the production of their work.

In response to these trends the Graduate Studies department at the Rhode Island School of Design has introduced ADColab. The course draws on RISD’s diversity of departments by inviting students working in all media to take part in an investigation of the boundaries of art and design today and the nature of collaborative practice. A combination of field research, critical reading and dialogue, and collaborative studio projects allow students to explore directions that may be altogether new and unknown to their area of specialized expertise. Lasting bonds are formed, and an understanding emerges of each discipline as a slice in the pie of total creative effort.

The Course is Divided Into Three Components
- field trips to New York City to meet with practitioners at the intersection of art and design
- rigorous reading and discussion that examines the shifting roles of art and design today
- a series of ambitious collaborative studio projects