Keep informed of exciting new courses and programs.
As Chris Tourtellot held in his hands a RISD Continuing Education course catalog and pored over the appealing Graphic Design class descriptions, little did he realize he was to become the lead designer of this quarterly publication.
Flash forward eight years: Chris is a successful 2008 graduate of the Graphic Design Certificate Program (formerly Print Design Process + Production). He continues to follow his Graphic Design passion within the Providence firm of Morris De Luzio Design, where he is lead designer of the largest of RISD|CE publications and also manages projects for Citizens Bank and Brown University's Watson Institute.
Although he began his career as a photographer, earning a BFA in Photography and Electronic Imaging from The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and then working for several years in Phoenix, Boston and Providence, Chris looked to expand his artistic talents by incorporating typography into his images.
So, he looked to RISD|CE for the answer. Basing his decision on the reputation of the program and the fact he would acquire "real world skills from the local professionals who teach here," Chris chose the RISD|CE Graphic Design Certificate Program.
He credits his CE instructors, specifically Graphic Design Certificate Advisor and Faculty Dina Zaccagnini Vincent, for giving him the design knowledge base that has propelled his career: "Dina Zaccagnini Vincent’s classes were particularly influential [in] emphasizing conceptual development along with a rigorous study of typography."
After completing the program, Chris found opportunity. As he states, "The RISD name opened doors for me even at a time when the economy was waning; and I was told that my portfolio distinguished my work from other job applicant portfolios, as having much more than merely a sense of design and software skills." According to Chris’s employer Jim De Luzio, a Morris De Luzio Design principal, "Chris’s student work exhibited a deliberate and thoughtful process beyond color and composition."