Art and Design for Everyone

RISD Continuing Education offers hundreds of non-credit courses, workshops and lectures in all aspects of art and design for adults, teens and kids. We offer online, in-person and hybrid courses year-round, and we are open admission—we welcome everyone!

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At Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education we are committed to providing an immersive and innovative art and design education for everyone, at all stages of life and all levels of experience.


We inspire a passion for art and design through lifelong learning that supports active studio practice, professional advancement and creative growth. We help students develop the tools they need to reimagine their creative potential through our transformative, experimental and studio-based learning environments.

About RISD

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.

Continuing Education

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.


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; and the Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies. RISD CE also offers non-credit certificate programs for adults and teens.


RISD 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.