Art and Design for Everyone

RISD Continuing Education provides an immersive and innovative art and design education for everyone, at all stages of life and all levels of experience.
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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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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. Now 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

Creative adventures in a range of visual arts and design disciplines await adult students at RISD CE – from courses and workshops for personal enrichment and professional development to focused certificate programs.

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Kids + Teen Courses

Kids and teens attend RISD CE classes 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. Year-round classes cover topics in 2D, 3D, and digital art and design.

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  • Drawing by Andrew Bruce for Experiential Drawing course

New Scholarships Boost Accessibility


RISD’s Continuing Education division partners with multiple nonprofits to support BIPOC youth interested in pursuing careers in art and design. The mission of RISD’s Continuing Education (CE) division is “to provide an immersive and [...]

  • Surface design by Laura Jones, RISD CE online student

Continuing Ed Enrollment Skyrockets


In moving its CE classes online, RISD opens the floodgates to passionate new students from across the US and around the globe. When RISD’s Continuing Education (CE) staff scrambled to transform tried-and-true studio classes [...]

  • Collage by Maya Newkirk, Project SAIL

Teens Connect through RISD


Continuing Education partners with Rhode Island Department of Education to offer free online art and design classes to underserved youth. As Rhode Island public school students prepare to return to the classroom, many of [...]

RISD CE Online Teen Fall Classes


Register Now for Teen Online Fall Classes Save 10% on class tuition if you register by August 8. Use code F21EARLYBIRD at checkout* From animation and fashion design to illustration and art school prep, some attend RISD [...]

RISD CE Online: Fall Classes Start Sept 13


RISD Continuing Education Launches 140+ Online Fall Courses Save 10% on class tuition if you register by August 8. Use code F21EARLYBIRD at checkout* Online fall programs, offered in both live and asynchronous formats, include classes for [...]

Student Spotlights

  • 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 [...]

  • RISD Continuing Education Spotlight: Darrel Sutton, Painting Studies certificate program student

Student Spotlight: Darrel Sutton


“My youngest daughter is a sophomore in college, which means that I now have time for myself. RISD CE offers certificate programs that fit my budget and schedule. I’m on the quest of becoming a [...]

  • Vivian Perez-Salamero, RISD CE student spotlight

Student Spotlight: Vivian Perez-Salamero


“I graduated from a business university and I wanted to get more exposure to the art world. I learned about RISD Continuing Education at the beginning of 2020 when I lived in Providence, RI. [...]

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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 [...]

  • RISD CE instructor spotlight: Amy Bartlett Wright

Instructor Spotlight: Amy Bartlett Wright


“The Avenue Concept invited me to be one of their 2020 Artists in Residence for a public arts commission painted upon the historic Providence Bank facade in Downtown Providence. The bank facade offered a [...]

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