Rhode Island School of Design

Continuing Education

Academic Policies

For CE Adult and Young Artist Courses

The following policies apply to Continuing Education courses for adults and the Young Artist Program.

Many RISD/CE programs do not have formal entrance requirements, but some advanced courses require certain coursework or equivalent experience. See specific course descriptions for details. Certificate candidates must follow the prerequisites outlined in the Certificate Program Guide (click on a specific program to view the Program Guide).

Members of the RISD community, including participants in the Young Artist Program, are expected to exhibit considerate and appropriate behavior. Examples of prohibited behavior are:

  • disruption of learning
  • threats to the safety of self or others
  • foul or obscene gestures or language
  • disrespect to others
  • destruction of property or theft

Student status is a privilege subject to certain expectations. RISD reserves the right to suspend or dismiss students at any time for conduct that RISD deems to be detrimental to the RISD community or that violates laws of the State of Rhode Island or the United States.

A  4.0                  WD  WITHDRAWAL 
A- 3.7                  WV  WAIVED
B+  3.3                N      NO PASS
B  3.0                  P      PASS
B-  2.7                       INCOMPLETE
C+  2.3
C  2.0
C-  1.7
D+  1.3
D  1.0
F  0.0

Incomplete (I): A grade of "I" is assigned only when coursework is not completed due to extenuating circumstances, and it is given only at the request of the student and at the discretion of the instructor. The time allowed for completion of work may not exceed four weeks after the end of the semester in which the course was taken. Work not completed within this period receives a final grade of "F."

Student grades are recorded for courses meeting 18 hours or more (or for Young Adult courses, 12 hours or more), but grades are mailed only to certificate candidates (six weeks after classes end) to the student address on file. Other students may get their grades in person at the RISD/CE office or by requesting a transcript in writing (also after six weeks). Grades and transcripts are not available by phone or email.

For guidelines regarding requests for an academic grade review, please contact RISD/CE at 401 454-6200. Please note that after one semester following the completion of the course in question, grades become part of the permanent academic record and cannot be changed.

To order transcripts, send a check, or money order or credit card information for $5 per transcript (we do not accept cash for this service), payable to RISD/CE. Students may download the Continuing Education Transcript Request Form or write out their own, and must include the following information:

  • Name at the time of enrollment
  • Year and semester you were enrolled
  • Phone number where you can be reached
  • Contact name and address where you want the transcript sent
  • If paying by credit card, include card number, expiration date and cardholder name.

Mail to:
Transcripts
Rhode Island School of Design
Office of Continuing Education
Two College Street
Providence, RI 02903-2787

or fax to 401 454-6218 (credit card payments only).

Allow two to three weeks for processing.


Please note: Visit the RISD Registrar's office to request a transcript for a degree program.

RI Department of Education Professional Development credits may be available for some courses. Teachers seeking such credits should contact Rhode Island Department of Education's Office of Teacher Certification at 401 222-4600, ext. 2251.

Rhode Island School of Design does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law in admission to, participation in, or administration of its educational programs and activities; in employment; or in its other programs and activities. Learn more

Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education attempts to make its classes, programs, events and services accessible by providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations. If you need accommodations to participate in any class, program or event offered by RISD|CE, please contact Brittany Goodwin, Director of Disability Services and Academic Support at 401 454-6600 or bgoodwin@risd.edu. Requests for accommodations should be made at the time of registration. Arrangements for all accommodations requested less than two weeks before the start of the program/course(s) cannot be guaranteed, and many accommodations take time to arrange. It is in your best interest to make your formal requests as early as possible to ensure accommodations are in place prior to the start of the program/course(s). Failure to do so might limit our ability to meet your needs.
Learn more at http://www.risd.edu/students/wellness/disability_support

Please note that modifications cannot be made to program or course curriculum. If you need access to the RISD Continuing Education offices at 345 South Main Street, Providence, please contact an Enrollment Assistant at 401 454-6201 or cemail@risd.edu for further assistance.