Art and Design for Everyone

Whether online or in person, Continuing Education at Rhode Island School of Design provides an immersive and innovative art and design education for everyone, at all stages of life and all levels of experience.


Online Courses

RISD CE Online offers accessible, flexible and immersive learning experiences that you can access anywhere. Join us online to stay on track with a certificate program, explore a new subject, or take your very first course in art and design.

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In-Person Summer Courses

RISD CE will resume in-person, on-campus instruction this summer (2022) with select in-person courses on RISD’s campus in Providence, Rhode Island and youth full-day camps at Tillinghast Place in Barrington, Rhode Island. Create with us in the Creative Capital this summer!

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Certificate Programs

Any RISD CE course can be taken for personal or professional enrichment, and many can also be taken as part of a certificate program. With the option to complete 100% online, certificate programs are designed for students who are looking to accelerate their creative lives and work, and join a community of certificate program graduates.

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Adult Programs

A wide variety of creative experiences await our adult students. We offer courses in a broad range of visual arts and design disciplines (both traditional and digital), as well as in topics related to art and design as integral parts of our lives and culture. Online courses run year round, and in-person courses are hosted in the summer on RISD’s campus in Providence.

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Youth Programs (Ages 6-17)

Youth ages 6-17 attend RISD CE courses to grow creatively as they develop their artistic abilities. Led by outstanding artists, designers and educators, these courses journey into the artistic process where the emphasis is on designing, communicating and creating.


Pre-Collegiate Programs

Whether on-campus or online, students participate in a college-level curriculum led by professionally practicing instructors, learn to manage time and self-motivate, and develop a portfolio of concepts, sketches, and finished pieces that can be included in or inform college applications.



  • RISD CE summer courses for adults - student painting in studio

Summer Adult Courses


Register now for in-person and online courses for adults This summer you can take art and design courses in person on the campus of Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI, or enjoy [...]

  • Summer Youth camps and classes

Summer Youth Camps & Classes


Register now for in-person camps and classes for ages 6–17 In addition to our online courses, youth programming (ages 6–17) will resume this summer with in-person courses on RISD’s campus in Providence and full-day [...]

Summer 2022 Program: Shanghai


Rhode Island School of Design Summer Teen Art Institute at HD Shanghai Bilingual School RISD Continuing Education is thrilled to announce we will be offering a three-week immersive teen art program for Chinese students [...]

Student Spotlights

  • Leah Spencer, RISD CE Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Leah Spencer


"At the time I started the Graphic Design certificate program, I was working as a corporate graphic designer and felt my job was very repetitive and uninspiring. Then two years later, I learned about [...]

  • Reed Pike, RISD CE student spotlight portrait

Student Spotlight: Reed Pike


“When I moved to Rhode Island I discovered the RISD Continuing Education offerings, and chose to grow as an artist and further my knowledge. A summer credit course, Book Design, challenged me the most. [...]

  • Susana Montañez, RISD CE student spotlight

Student Spotlight: Susana Montañez


“I took my first RISD CE class back in 2013 when I was an au pair in Mystic, CT. My visa required me to attend a formal educational setting and my host family recommended [...]

  • Desmond Andrews, RISD Pre-College student

Student Spotlight: Desmond Andrews


"I've known about RISD since I was very young from growing up in Providence. I chose the RISD Pre-College program because I've always wanted to be a part of the community. I would say [...]

  • Brian O'Malley, RISD CE student spotlight

Student Spotlight: Brian O’Malley


“My journey to RISD CE began when I opened a beautiful color brochure in 2009 and began to consider which class to take first. I joined the Animation certificate program to expand my skillset [...]

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Instructor Spotlights

  • RISD Continuing Education Spotlight: John Gonzalez, instructor

Instructor Spotlight: John Gonzalez


“I grew up in Providence and wanted nothing more than to attend RISD as a student, which I did as an undergraduate in the early 2000s. RISD really is a special world. When I [...]

  • Matthew Manning, RISD CE instructor spotlight

Instructor Spotlight: Matthew Manning


Get to know Matthew Manning, a RISD Continuing Education instructor for animation and stop-motion courses: Matthew started animating as a child with a Super 8 camera in his parent’s garage. He attended California State [...]

  • Rina Naik, RISD CE Painting certificate graduate and Interior Design instructor

Instructor Spotlight: Rina Naik


"I was really searching for something and the answer seemed to be creativity. I found RISD CE and it was so close to home and that’s how I started—it's awesome! The feedback that was [...]

  • Steven Lucas, RISD CE Graphic Design certificate graduate and instructor

Instructor Spotlight: Steven Lucas


“I knew I wanted to make a change, so I was looking into graphic design and that's when I learned about RISD CE—I decided to take that leap of faith and I'm so glad [...]

Meet Our Instructors