Adult Courses Overview

Even if you’re not an artist or full-on creator, there’s a course that meets you where you are.

  • We’re open admission – we welcome everyone!
  • Courses are designed especially for people with busy schedules and active lives
  • Courses are taught by professional artists, designers and makers
  • We’re a community of makers – critique, peer networks, mentoring, advising and excellent teaching are all part of the RISD|CE student experience

Most fall and spring courses meet once a week for 12 weeks, while winter and summer term courses meet once a week for six weeks. We also offer courses in a variety of formats, such as weekend workshops and technique intensives, single-session lectures, online courses and hybrid courses that combine online learning with studio sessions. Whatever your goal – personal enrichment or professional development – RISD|CE has a course to suit your needs.

Note: While many course are open to all levels, some do have prerequisites. Check a course’s description to determine if a prerequisite course or skill level is indicated.

Fine Art includes drawing, printmaking, illustration, painting (including watercolor, acrylic, gouache and oil), color theory, collage, papermaking, woodworking and sculpture — processes that focus on the aesthetic rather than the functional. Applied Art includes jewelry and light metals, textile, apparel and fashion design, bookmaking, furniture and glass — art processes that have functional applications.

A successful design presents a solution to a problem that connects directly to a market, client or end user in fields like interior, graphic, interactive, architecture or product design. The solution depends upon a comprehensive understanding of the elements and principles of design, but also upon the technology that is utilized in specific fields. Design is driven by digital workflow, but also by the hand-building tradition that was in place well before computer-based “making.”

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Not an Artist, Not a Designer

Just getting started? Complete novice? Try …

Not An Artist? Not A Designer?

If you’re new to art and design, try the aptly-titled “Not an Artist?” and “Not a Designer?,” offered fall and spring terms. You don’t need to know how to draw or be an artist or designer to take these courses — in fact, the less you know, the better!

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3-Hour Courses

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3-Hour Workshops

If you have limited time, sign up for a 3-hour workshop, where you’ll complete a project in just a few hours. Examples of 3-hour workshops include “Make a Chain,” “Start a Sketchbook,” “Gaining Control of Your Digital Camera,” “Quick Perspective” and more!

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Painting Certificate Program

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Foundation Courses

Foundation courses in art and design lay the groundwork for future intermediate- and advanced-level studies. Foundation courses include “Drawing I,” “Design,” “Applied Color” and “Digital Design Techniques.”

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RISD|CE Introductory Courses

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Introductory Courses

Introduce yourself to art and design, or try your hand at new materials and techniques. Introductory courses meet once a week for 6 weeks.

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Weekend Workshops

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Weekend Workshops

Spend a weekend with motivated peers, discovering new techniques and exploring new processes and mediums. Weekend Workshops are offered in 1-day and 2-day formats.

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Mixed Media focused courses

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Media Focused Courses

Delve into material exploration and artmaking by focusing on specific art media like glass, paper, wood, paint, drawing media, metals, beads, thread, and more!

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Online Courses

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Online Courses

Learn from anywhere, with a flexible schedule you control. You’ll have access to RISD’s acclaimed curricular concept from anywhere, at any time; collaborate with like-minded creatives; and learn from faculty who are experts in their fields.

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Westerly Courses

South County or Eastern Connecticut? Try …

Westerly Courses

New! Students in southern Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut can take advantage of RISD|CE courses offered at the Westerly Education Center.

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Tillinghast Farm Barrington

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Tillinghast Farm Courses

Tillinghast Farm, RISD|CE’s satellite campus in Barrington, RI, provides a picturesque natural environment for artmaking. With convenient parking, taking classes at The Farm is a wonderful way to connect with the tranquility found in a timeless, rural waterfront setting.

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