Founded in 1877, Rhode Island School of Design (or “RIZ-dee” for the acronym RISD) is one of the oldest and best-known colleges of art and design in the U.S. Each year approximately 2,300 students from around the world pursue a creative, studio-based education at RISD, which offers rigorous bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in 19 architecture, design, fine arts and art education majors. The college is located in Providence, Rhode Island, which offers its own vibrant art scene and is conveniently located between two other major cultural centers: Boston and New York.
At its inception, Rhode Island School of Design instructed artisans in drawing, painting, modeling, and designing, so that they could apply the principles of art to the requirements of trade and manufacture. Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education (RISD|CE) continues this mission by educating students of all ages in art and design with high quality, accessible programs.
We offer hundreds of non-credit RISD|CE courses, workshops and lectures, in all aspects of art and design, for adults, teens and children year-round. RISD|CE’s fall and spring terms offer 12-week and six-week courses, while winter and summer terms offer six-week courses. In the summer, RISD Continuing Education also offers the six-week Pre-College Program for high school artists and designers, and a range of Summer Programs for college credit: Summer Studies six-week courses in visual arts and design; the Textiles Summer Institute; and the Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies. RISD|CE also offers non-credit certificate programs for adults and teens.
The Division of Continuing Education serves more than 4,000 individual students per year; approximately 3,600 in RISD|CE courses; 450 in the Pre-College Program; more than 200 in credit-bearing Summer Programs; approximately 350 students in Adult and Teen certificate programs.
Approximately 300 faculty members lead RISD Continuing Education courses and programs each year. Faculty members come from a variety of backgrounds; many are RISD alumni or graduate students, and most others include practicing professionals, renowned local artists and art educators.