Students who meet the age and grade requirements may enroll in individual courses as long as they have completed any prerequisite courses. Students are welcome to take more than one Featured Topics course if they wish to expand their knowledge and skills. Students seeking a comprehensive visual arts experience, in preparation for an art and design college education, should consider completing the Advanced Program for High School Students Certificate Program. Courses may be taken more than once if students wish to expand their knowledge and skills.
RISD’s Advanced Program for High School Students offers a certificate track for students who want to expand their skill sets and portfolio. The Certificate Program is designed for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are interested in preparing for study in art and design at college. Students who complete the program will have engaged in a curriculum that emphasizes learning the fundamentals of drawing and design through a variety of materials that can then be applied in new and experimental ways. By understanding the fundamentals of methods and materials, students are able to more successfully visualize their ideas.
In addition to learning how to use creative tools, students develop the ability to research, iterate and evolve concepts that can set their work apart from the ordinary and cliché. Critical inquiry into contemporary artists and issues is fostered along with the vital ability to write, speak about and present your work.
The Certificate Program consists of four courses: The first two introduce students to RISD’s foundational approach to “Critical Making” through drawing and design and the second two include a discipline-based featured topic of choice coupled with learning to effectively use visual language. Students who complete the certificate will develop portfolio-ready artworks and have the opportunity to meet with RISD admissions counselors to discuss their next steps.
Certificate Program Cost
$5,200 total. Current tuition rates; subject to change over the course of your program. Supplies, software subscription fees and other materials are not included.