RISD Continuing Education online certificates are flexible to accommodate both your learning interests and schedule; robust by providing immersive, studio based learning that is current, relevant and integrally connected to the creative economy; and impactful—equipping students with skills, confidence, proficiency and real-world experience.

Programs are led by diverse, expert faculty—academics, creative practitioners, entrepreneurs and industry leaders—with professional connections to the creative economy. With no entry requirements, these non-credit online certificates allow you to learn with motivated peers to develop your portfolio, broaden existing skills, explore a new career path or life pursuit, or start your own business—and build the network that will help you do it.

Animation certificate program

Animators work in television, film, gaming, advertising, and more. Learn to develop authentic characters, make images that move, and tell stories that come alive.

Graphic Design certificate program

Learn about design principles, visual thinking, graphic form, typography and digital technology through hands-on work, design challenges, peer critique and independent projects.

Interactive Design certificate program

Develop skills in JavaScript, CSS and app development. Learn about structure, user experience, medium selection and synthesis to develop vibrant and innovative digital interfaces.

Natural Science Illustration certificate program

Gain the necessary skills to interpret, capture and portray subjects including birds, animals and botanicals in natural environments.

Painting Studies certificate program

Develop the skills, techniques and conceptual foundation necessary to advance in your painting practice. As you refine your visual language, you’ll learn to work independently as an artist.

Photography certificate program

Here you’ll explore the principles of design to construct meaningful and impactful images. Topics include digital technology, lighting, post-processing and archival printing.

Residential Interior Design certificate program

Learn how to create and implement all phases of a residential interior design process. Become well versed in each stage of planning, creating or updating for kitchens, baths, and indoor/outdoor spaces.

RISD CE certificate: Jewelry Making and Design

The Jewelry Making and Design certificate program is no longer taking new applications.

Product Development and Manufacturing certificate program

The Product Development and Manufacturing certificate program is no longer taking new applications.

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