Events and Programs

Brown|RISD Dual Degree students are able to fully access resources, programs, and events on both the Brown and RISD campuses.  Additionally, the Dual Degree Program programs different events throughout the year.  These are informed by student interest and need.  Students, alumni, and faculty or staff working with Dual Degree students are encouraged to share ideas for new programming with the Assistant Director and Advisor of the Program.  Below are examples of past BRDD events and Program traditions.

Annual All Cohort Gathering at Tillinghast Place

An annual BRDD Program tradition, this informal gathering early in September, is an opportunity for Dual Degree students to welcome in the new cohort and connect across all class years.  This relaxed afternoon at RISD’s bay front beach property is a time for swimming, conversations, games, sketching, etc.

Monthly Brunches

BRDD Peer Advisors help coordinate monthly opportunities to gather.  Monthly brunches are a tradition of coming together informally to talk about shared experiences, catch up with friends, and make new connections over a meal.  A small group of students collaborate to prepare a home-cooked a brunch together and by 11am, the community comes together to eat!

Night in the Museum

In October, BRDD Fourth and Fifth Year students and their advisors and mentors from both Brown and RISD, come together in the RISD Museum to connect.  The group gathers to bridge our institutions, bolster previous relationships, and form new ones.  After a reception, RISD Museum Educators lead the group in a "close looking exercise" for a selected work of art.  The diversity in our fields of study and perspectives and that the variation in our different backgrounds contribute to the richness of our discussions.  

BRDD Exhibition Interdisciplinary Critique and Conversation

On an evening before the public reception of the annual BRDD exhibition, the community has private access to the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.   BRDD students along with some RISD and Brown faculty come together to dialogue around and critique works in the year's exhibition.  Artists with works in the exhibition, share the motivation behind their work and have the opportunity to pose a a question to the group for feedback.  The Critique and Conversation event allows BRDD students to connect around issues, ideas, and work without the barriers of department, field of study, or class year in the program. 

Joint Presentations Across Campus Offices

BRDD students make use of campus offices and resources at both Brown and RISD.  At times, our programming brings the corresponding Brown and RISD offices together to present together, highlighting the range of resources, opportunities, and choices.  Examples of these cross-campus presentations have included those by our offices that address:

  • Career Services
  • Study Abroad
  • Fellowship Opportunities

Opportunities to Connect with BRDD Alumni

In our eleventh year, the Brown|RISD Dual Degree Program now has more alumni than current students!  Our alumni network is growing.  Different events and social media help students and alumni to network.  Alumni have been invited back to participate in the tenth year of the Program and in the exhibition and have gathered in small groups with students during alumni weekends.  We have also begun to use video conferencing technology to host conversations and panels with alumni.  Most recently, a group of five alumni pursuing advanced degrees, shared their experience with students and other alumni who tuned in.