Certificate Programs Overview

Certificate Programs: For creative lives and work
RISD has an unparalleled reputation for producing highly skilled, successful and internationally renowned creative practitioners.

With more than 100 years of expertise nurturing ‘critical making, thinking and innovation’ and ‘applying the principles of art and design to the requirements of trade and manufacture’, RISD Continuing Education (RISD CE) Certificate Programs are designed to facilitate personal and professional development, by engaging students in sustained exploration and learning in specific creative disciplines.

These non-credit 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 to accelerate creative lives and work.

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, 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.

RISD CE certificates offer an accessible, transformative and effective way to join a community of certificate program graduates who have accelerated their creative lives and work.

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Animation Certificate Program


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Graphic Design Certificate Program

Graphic Design

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Interactive Design Certificate Program

Interactive Design

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Interior Design Certificate Program

Interior Design

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Jewelry and Light Metals Certificate Program

Jewelry + Light Metals

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Natural Science Illustration Certificate Program

Natural Science Illustration

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Painting Certificate Program

Painting Studies

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Photography Certificate Program


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Product Development Certificate Program

Product Development + Manufacturing

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