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.


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.


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.


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 for details.