Continuing Education

The mission of Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education (RISD|CE) is to educate students of all ages in art and design with high quality, accessible programs.

Programs

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 children. RISD|CE’s fall and spring terms offer courses up to 12 weeks in length, while winter and summer terms offer more intensive six-week courses. In the summer, RISD Continuing Education also offers the Pre-College Program for high school artists and designers, and a broad range of summer programs for college credit: Summer Studies courses in visual arts and design; the Textiles Summer Institute; the Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies (SIGDS) and Summer Design Intensives. RISD|CE also offers a diversity of non-credit certificate programs for adults and teens.


Students

Continuing Education serves about 4,738 individual students per year; approximately 3,993 in RISD|CE courses, 523 in the Pre-College Program, 222 in credit-bearing Summer Programs. Approximately 360 RISD|CE students are enrolled in certificate programs.

Faculty

Approximately 250 faculty members lead RISD Continuing Education courses and programs each year.aculty 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 ce.risd.edu for details.

RISD|CE Summer Programs

RISD Summer Programs offers a broad range of courses for college credit: Summer Studies courses in visual arts and design and Liberal Arts; the Textiles Summer Institute; the Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies (SIGDS) and Summer Design Intensives. Courses are open to matriculating students (including RISD students), RISD alumni, art and design professionals and those considering a degree in the visual arts. Credit-bearing programs include:

Summer Studies

Summer Studies courses in visual arts and design and Liberal Arts are designed to meet the needs of beginning, intermediate and advanced students. Students work alongside distinguished artists, designers and educators from around the globe, and can expand upon current skill-sets and interests — or to try something entirely new.

Textiles Summer Institute

Material, technique, and conceptual development are at the heart of the Textiles Summer Institute philosophy. Small class size and concentrated course structure enable students to create two- and three-dimensional projects, whether for apparel, interiors, or fine art. Students share ideas, experiences and alternative disciplinary approaches through hands-on learning and group critiques.

Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies

RISD’s renowned Graphic Design faculty and visiting professionals help students achieve excellence in design through hands-on and computer-based techniques as they’re challenged to improve the way they communicate visually. These two-week programs are intended for students at all levels of experience, from the creative novice to the advanced professional.

Summer Design Intensives

Summer Design Intensives are an immersive studio experience at RISD focused on specific and experimental topics related to new trends and technology. These two-week programs led by RISD faculty explore new and experimental components within the concepts of design, fashion and art. The two-week Design Intensives are for professionals and students who seek to experiment with new approaches to materials, technology and design.

Visit summer.risd.edu for details.