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Continuing Education

The mission of Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education (RISD|CE) is to provide an immersive and innovative art and design education for everyone, at all stages of life and all levels of experience.


Year-round, hundreds of non-credit RISD CE courses, workshops and lectures are offered in all aspects of art and design for adults, teens and kids. RISD CE offers online, in-person and hybrid courses, and their programs are open admission. Most of their online courses are asynchronous, meaning that students can access them from anywhere in the world, at any time of day or night.

In the summer, RISD Continuing Education also offers RISD Pre-Collegiate Programs for high school artists and designers interested in pursuing art and design in college. RISD CE also offers a diversity of non-credit certificate programs including nine adult certificate programs and RISD’s Advanced Program Online.


RISD CE serves approximately 4,600 individual students each year totaling over 7,500 enrollments. Approximately 3,600 individual students enroll in adult, teen and young artist RISD CE courses, 600 in RISD's Advanced Program Online and 500 in RISD's Pre-College Program. Over 1,700 students are enrolled in adult certificate programs and over 300 are enrolled in RISD's Advanced Program Online Certificate track.


Approximately 300 faculty members lead RISD Continuing Education courses and programs each year. Faculty members come from a variety of backgrounds; many are RISD alumni or graduate students, and most others include practicing professionals, renowned local artists and art educators. Visit for details.