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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Youth + Teen Courses

Youth 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 [...]

Student Spotlights

  • 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 [...]

  • Ava Varszegi, RISD CE student spotlight

Student Spotlight: Ava Varszegi


“My journey to RISD CE started when I was a kid taking RISD Young Artist classes. The variety of course content kept me entertained and it was refreshing to be in classrooms with students [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

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Instructor Spotlights

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

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