Rhode Island School of Design

Continuing Education

Teen certificate programs for ages 13-17 offer you the chance to focus your studies as you develop your artistic abilities. Whether for creative self-expression or to prepare for artistic endeavors after high school, these programs broaden your horizon and increase skill levels while building confidence and maturity. The following certificate programs are offered for teens:

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

Teen Certificate Program Application Form

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    Art School Preparation

    Our Art School Preparation Certificate Program is for students interested in a future in visual art or design. It is never too early to begin creating a first-rate high school portfolio. This program is intended to supplement a traditional high school art program by making more advanced courses available. It focuses on developing skills and techniques in critical foundation processes such as drawing, painting and sculpture, as well as other areas of 2D, 3D and digital design. Challenging projects in these areas prepare students for the highly competitive world of art and design.

    To earn the RISD/CE Certificate in Art School Preparation, students must complete a minimum of 108 contact hours, within three years, as follows:

    36 contact hours in 2D Design classes (Y2)
    36 contact hours in 3D Design classes (Y3)
    36 contact hours in classes of the student’s choice

    For the current semester’s classes applicable to the Art School Preparation certificate program, enter “AT” in the keyword field of cereg.risd.edu.

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    2D Design

    RISD|CE’s certificate in two-dimensional design is for students who want to focus on image making by studying drawing, painting, printmaking, comic art, illustration, graphic design or traditional darkroom photography. This program is all about the skills, critical thinking and problem solving involved in 2D visual communication.

    Requirement: a minimum of 72 contact hours in applicable courses within 3 years.

    For the current semester’s classes applicable to the 2D Design certificate program, enter “Y2” in the keyword field of cereg.risd.edu.

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    3D Design

    RISD|CE’s certificate in three-dimensional design is for students who want to explore the built environment, including sculpture, architecture, fashion, jewelry, product or industrial design. Students can explore all of these areas or focus on their particular interests.

    Requirement: a minimum of 72 contact hours in applicable courses within 3 years.

    For the current semester’s classes applicable to the 3D Design certificate program, enter “Y3” in the keyword field of cereg.risd.edu.

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    Digital Design

    RISD|CE’s certificate in digital design allows students to gain important skills in industry-standard digital art processes in areas such as animation, digital photography, graphic design, movie making and game design.  

    Requirement: a minimum of 72 contact hours in applicable courses within 3 years.

    For the current semester’s classes applicable to the Digital Design certificate program, enter “YD” in the keyword field of cereg.risd.edu.

Students considering a Teen Certificate Program are encouraged to discuss their interests and requirements with the program's certificate advisor. If you would like to request advising or have any questions, please call the RISD/CE office at 401 454-6201.