MA in Design Engineering (MADE) Program Registration

Registration at RISD

Registration is available for fall and spring semesters (not Wintersession or Summer)

  • Fall registration for students in the MADE program begins when all incoming RISD graduate students register (typically in early-August).
  • Spring registration for students in the MADE program begins when all RISD graduate students register (typically in mid-November).
  • All RISD course schedules must be finalized by the last day of RISD’s Add/Drop period.
  • See the Academic Calendar for specific dates.

Steps for selecting electives at RISD

Online web registration is held using Student Planning, the self service academic planning tool for students and advisors.  Login to Student Planning directly at this link: Students will receive a designated registration time to begin registration in Student Planning (appointment times sent via email a few days before registration begins).

Review the RISD course catalog

    • Filter by term and subject
    • Click ‘View Available Sections’ to review schedules, available seats, and location
    • Plan courses now in advance of registration
    • Log in to register when your registration appointment becomes available
    • Many courses are restricted to majors within the department. If you are unable to register online for the course, please contact the department directly

Review the Instructional Tutorials below prior to registration regarding how to navigate Student Planning. Review both the “Preparing for Registration” and the “Registering for Classes” video to be fully prepared. You can “Plan” courses in advance of your registration appointment time.

Tutorial 1: Introduction to Student Planning & Registration
Tutorial 2  Student Planning: Preparing for Registration
Tutorial 3: Student Planning: Registering for Classes

As students are registered, the RISD Registrar will inform the Brown Registrar.

If a student intends to drop a RISD course, they need to do so by RISD’s add/drop deadline (access RISD’s electronic add and drop forms here). You must use your email to access the electronic form.

At Brown:

  • Make sure you connect with your MADE advisor that the RISD elective is applicable towards your MADE degree
  • Make sure you confirm with the Brown Registrar’s office by their deadline whether you want the RISD course recorded at Brown as either P/NC or letter grade.

ISP Registration

Students interested in registering for an Independent Study Project at RISD should use the fillable PDF registration application attached here. ISP’s are available with FT or PT faculty. Students are limited to one ISP during their program. See RISD’s ISP policy for further detail.


  • Fall: ISP Application due to the RISD faculty mentor by the first day of the Fall semester (and the Registrar’s office must receive the completed form in full with all approvals by the end of RISD’s add/drop period)
  • Spring: Application due to the RISD faculty mentor by the Friday before the last day of the Fall semester. See RISD’s academic calendar for specific date.