Rhode Island School of Design

Continuing Education

Computing + Software Discounts

RISD/CE maintains five computer labs, one digital photo studio and one darkroom on campus. Scheduled access to CE labs is available between the first and last day of each term; labs are not accessible between terms. For computer lab hours, locations and specifications, visit http://celabs.risd.edu.

Cross-platform computing is a reality in today's flexible work environment. That is why CE's technology-based classes use computers that run both the Macintosh and Windows operating systems. Your course may use one or the other. While some students have concerns about making the transition from one computing platform to another, the differences are truly minimal. Nevertheless, to provide the best experience possible, CE offers its students a free, short (30-40 minutes) and painless tutoring session in PC to Mac or Mac to PC computing.

Tutorials can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 9am-5:30pm. Contact Dean Abanilla, Technology Specialist, at 401 454-6727 or dabanill@risd.edu to make an appointment.

In general, CE students in courses meeting 36 hours or more qualify for educational discounts on software and hardware purchases. Eligibility requirements may vary, depending on the manufacturer or vendor. Usually, the manufacturer or vendor will require you to email or fax a copy of your registration statement.

You may log in to RISD's eStores via the RISD Intranet, using the CE student login provided by your instructor.

RISD's preferred vendors, Apple and Hewlett Packard, have lenient requirements, and usually do not ask for proof of eligibility. If you are asked, you can usually fax or email your registration statement. For Apple discounts, visit Apple's website, or visit the Apple Store in the Providence Place Mall. For HP discounts, visit the HP Store for Education.

Autodesk allows CE students to download educational versions of its software for free. Register here (a .edu email address is not necessary).

B&H Photographic offers an educational discount program for students. Register at the B&H EDU Advantage website.