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.
Any RISD CE course can be taken for personal or professional enrichment, and many can also be taken as part of a certificate program. Certificate programs are designed for students who are looking to accelerate their creative lives and work, and join a community of certificate program graduates.
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.
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.
Summer Youth & Teen Registration Now Open
Enroll by May 4 and save 10% with code EARLYBIRDCE* This summer, join us in person or online for our art and design programs for youth and teens of all levels. Find inspiration in [...]
Rhode Island School of Design Returns to Shanghai
2023 RISD Summer Teen Art Institute at the HD Shanghai School RISD Continuing Education is excited to announce the return of the Summer Teen Art Institute in Shanghai, China. After a successful inaugural program [...]
RISD CE Online Winter and Spring Art and Design Courses for Adults
Join us this winter and spring to get ahead in your career, pursue a passion, and transform your life. Stay on track with a certificate program, explore a new subject, or take your very [...]
Teen Online Spring Courses Start March 4, 2023
With RISD Continuing Education, students in teen online courses are on a path to becoming the creators, innovators and problem-solvers of tomorrow regardless of where their academic interests take them. Program highlights include: courses [...]
Entrepreneurship in Art and Design: Winter and Spring 2023 Classes
Popular series continues, helps students and practicing artists develop their business ideas, studio practice, and freelancing. Whether you're an emerging or established studio artist, a freelancer, or looking to start your own company, online [...]
RISD CE Celebrates Record Number of In-Person and Online Summer Students
After a two-year delay due to the pandemic, RISD Continuing Education (CE) faculty and staff are celebrating the residential Pre-College program’s 50th anniversary this summer. With the return to in-person learning, 430 high school [...]
Student Spotlight: Emily Bourassa
“My journey with RISD Continuing Education began when I realized that if I could go back to being 18, I would have gone to art school. The most surprising thing about taking these courses [...]
Student Spotlight: Tiffany Gong
“My journey with RISD CE began when I discovered some 3D printed figurines at an art show in Boston’s SoWa art and design district. I was fascinated by the technologies of today and how [...]
Student Spotlight: Amy Salomone
"My journey to RISD CE began when I was taking an anatomical portrait class at RISD CE and someone had mentioned being in the Natural Science Illustration certificate program; I felt that it was [...]
Student Spotlight: Claire (Kexin) H.
“My journey to RISD CE began in 2020 when I was a rising sophomore in high school. I am now going into grade 12 and have taken Advanced Program Online courses for three summers. [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
Instructor Spotlight: Bruce Campbell
"My Journey with RISD Continuing Education began when I completed a faculty swap with my lecturer position at the University of Washington. Charles was teaching at RISD CE but wanted to perform research activities [...]
Instructor Spotlight: Tim McCool
“My journey to becoming a RISD CE instructor began when I was asked if I could adapt my abstract painting class into an online format. Setting up asynchronous courses was a challenge because I [...]
Instructor Spotlight: Aarti Kathuria
"My journey at RISD CE began after I completed my degree at RISD. I was looking for a way to connect with the immense talent of RISD, and to work in a place that [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Instructor Spotlight: Stefania Medeiros
“My journey to RISD CE began by chance and I didn't expect it to become such a significant part of my life. While I was living in California working as a makeup and special [...]