Rhode Island School of Design

Continuing Education

From figure drawing to sculpture to computer animation, some teens attend RISD/CE classes for fun and enrichment, while others have a more academic goal in mind. CE classes for teens are offered as part of the Young Artist Program, and may be taken on an individual basis, or as part of a focused curriculum in one of our teen certificate programs. In the summer, several week-long day camps are available in specific disciplines, or for the most immersive instruction, RISD also offers the six-week Pre-College Program, for 16- to 18-year-old high school students.

RISD/CE's Teen Program provides a strong grounding in the visual arts and encourages creative and personal growth through self-expression. Year-round classes provide opportunities for teens to be with their peers who are energetic, creative and passionate about what they're doing. 

very important
To ensure the age appropriateness of the curriculum, teens must meet the age requirement listed with each class description by the beginning of class. No exceptions!

fine arts proficiency standards
All RISD/CE classes offered for teens are designed to assist students in meeting the Rhode Island Board of Regents fine arts proficiency standards.

Teen certificate programs offer students ages 13-17 the chance to focus their studies as they develop their artistic abilities. Whether used purely as a means for creative self-expression or to prepare for further artistic endeavors after high school, these programs broaden horizons and increase skill levels while building confidence and maturity. The following certificate programs are available for teens: 

 •  Art School Preparation (AT) •  Digital Design (YD) •  2D Design (Y2) •  3D Design (Y3)  • 


Click here for complete program information.

The six-week summer residential Pre-College Program offers 16- to 18-year-old high school students a comprehensive introduction to the college art school experience. Students follow a college-like studio curriculum and live in RISD residence halls, in a full-immersion encounter with art and design education at the highest level.

Teens ages 13 to 17 are invited to join us for full-day camps offered during school vacations in winter and spring, as well as full-day camps in the summer. Camps for teens are held on the RISD campus in Providence.