Academic Resources

Academic Tools

The Center for Arts & Language

RISD Continuing Education students have access to online handout resources provided by The Center for Arts & Language.

COVID-19 Update: Center for Arts & Language staff and peer tutors are providing feedback via Zoom on any writing, public speaking, or visual communication project at any stage of the process. To make an appointment, please email artsandlanguage@risd.edu (include the title of your CE course).

Online Resources

View a video tutorial on writing research papers.

Co-Works Research Lab

COVID-19 Update: Peer tutors are available for remote help with projects that require software and digital literacies (Adobe suite, 3D modeling, coding, physical computing, and more) and at-home making skills (apparel, bookbinding, woodworking, knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidery, photo, casting, model making, cooking and more). Visit coworks.risd.edu to schedule Zoom peer tutoring and access help desk hours. For additional questions, contact Brynn Trusewicz, Co-Works lab manager, btruse01@risd.edu.

Co-Works Recommended Service Providers (Providence and online)

CE Students will need to create an account on WCOnline to access the Co-Works scheduling system.

Academic Policies

For information on transcripts and grading, please visit the Academic Policies page.

Disability Support Services

Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education attempts to make its classes, programs, events and services accessible by providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations. Requests for accommodations should be made at the time of registration. Arrangements for all accommodations requested less than two weeks before the start of the program/course(s) cannot be guaranteed, and many accommodations take time to arrange. It is in your best interest to make your formal requests as early as possible to ensure accommodations are in place prior to the start of the program/course(s). Failure to do so might limit our ability to meet your needs.

If you need accommodations to participate in any class, program or event offered by RISD CE, please contact the Office of Disability Support Services at disabilitysupportservices@risd.edu.

Please note that modifications cannot be made to program or course curriculum. If you need access to the RISD Continuing Education office at 345 South Main Street, Providence, please contact an enrollment assistant at 401 454-6200 or cemail@risd.edu for further assistance.

COVID-19 Update: Students interested in registering for academic accommodations can connect with RISD Disability Support Services via virtual intake meetings through Zoom. Please reach out to disabilitysupportservices@risd.edu to schedule an appointment or to learn more about how DSS can support you.

Art Supply Stores

RISD offers two options for purchasing supplies for your course, where students may make tax-exempt purchases with a ten percent discount on art supplies (present your registration statement and a photo ID). You may also choose to purchase your supplies from another vendor. We recommend that you save all receipts, in the event your course is canceled or you are unable to attend.

COVID-19 Update: Although the RISD Store is not physically open for in-person sales, it may carry required supplies for Summer 2020 Online courses, including the option for direct shipment. Visit the CE Course Supplies page to view a list of available supplies.

RISD Store

Design Center, 30 North Main Street
401 454-6464
website: risdstore.com

The RISD Store carries a variety of art supplies, silk screening and printmaking supplies, etching supplies, decorative papers, drawing papers, photography supplies, mounting boards and bookbinding supplies. Special orders, MasterCard and VISA are accepted. Call for hours.

RISD Store 3D

Bank Building, 27 North Main Street
401 454-6354

The RISD Store 3D stocks a wide variety of sculpture and jewelry supplies as well as general hardware store items. Plywood, hardwood, Plexiglas, glass and metal rod can be cut to size for next-day pickup. RISD CE students may make tax-exempt purchases with a ten percent discount on art supplies (present your registration statement and a photo ID). Special orders, MasterCard and VISA are accepted. Call for hours.

IT Information

Online Classes, Technology Requirements and Access

Get answers to your questions: How do I log in to my online course? What is Zoom and how do I access it? What is CE Link and how do I access it? Read the FAQs on our Registration Help page.

Computer Lab Hours

RISD CE maintains four computer labs and one digital photo studio on campus. Scheduled access to CE labs is available between the first and last day of each term; labs are not accessible between terms.
Computer lab hours, locations and specifications

Printing

Printers are available in the various computer labs.
Printer specifications

PC to Mac / Mac to PC

Cross-platform computing is a reality in today’s flexible work environment. That is why RISD CE’s technology-based classes use computers that run both the Macintosh and Windows operating systems. Your course may use one or the other. While some students have concerns about making the transition from one computing platform to another, the differences are truly minimal. Nevertheless, to provide the best experience possible, RISD CE offers its students a free, short (30-40 minutes) and painless tutoring session in PC to Mac or Mac to PC computing.

Tutorials can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 9am-5:30 pm. Contact Dean Abanilla, technology specialist, at 401 454-6727 or dabanill@risd.edu to make an appointment.

Software Discounts

In general, RISD CE students in courses meeting 36 hours or more qualify for educational discounts on software and hardware purchases. Eligibility requirements may vary, depending on the manufacturer or vendor. Usually, the manufacturer or vendor will require you to email or fax a copy of your registration statement.

Museum, Library and Nature Lab

RISD CE students have access to some of RISD’s premier resources, including the RISD Museum, the Fleet Library, and the Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab.

RISD Museum

224 Benefit Street
401 454-6500
website: risdmuseum.org

A major cultural institution in Rhode Island, the RISD Museum houses more than 86,000 works of fine and decorative art ranging from ancient times to the present. It is the only comprehensive art museum in southeastern New England and, as such, is a vital cultural resource both for RISD and the broader community. With seven curatorial departments, the museum offers a rich and varied program of exhibitions, lectures, tours, workshops and publications. It is dedicated to the interpretation of art and design from diverse cultures, and to educating and inspiring artists and designers, families, scholarly researchers and students of all ages. RISD CE students in courses meeting 18 hours or more may visit the RISD Museum free of charge (upon presentation of registration statement and a photo ID).

COVID-19 Update: In response to COVID-19, the RISD Museum is closed until further notice. RISD faculty and students can visit the using the museum from home page to take advantage of several available remote resources. For parents, teachers and learners of all ages, visit the connect through art anywhere page to discover hands-on activities, teaching resources and more.

Fleet Library at RISD

15 West (The Mandle Building)
15 Westminster Street
401 709-5900
website: library.risd.edu

Founded in 1878, the RISD Library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country. Its circulating collection of more than 150,000 volumes offers unusual depth and richness in the areas of art, architecture, design and photography. The collection provides strong historical and contemporary perspectives, and specialized materials in landscape architecture, ceramics, textiles and jewelry support upper-level research. RISD’s specialized library is also noted for its artists’ books collection, its rare books, some 400 periodical subscriptions and collections of outstanding visual resources. RISD CE students may use the Library facilities, but do not have borrowing privileges. If you would like borrowing privileges, you may become a member for a discounted rate of $25 a year. To access the Fleet Library in 15 West, simply provide your CE registration statement and picture ID to the public safety officer at the entrance.

COVID-19 Update: For Spring & Summer 2020, Fleet Library has expanded its collection of free/open electronic resources. Please view the Free/Open Resources page for more information. For questions, please contact risdlib@risd.edu.

Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab

Waterman Building
13 Waterman Street
401 454-6451
website: naturelab.risd.edu

RISD’s Nature Lab is a unique resource for examining, exploring and understanding the patterns, structures and interactions of design in nature. A 1920 graduate of RISD and a long-time faculty member, Edna Lawrence founded the Nature Lab in 1937. Since then its collections – along with specialized microscopes and other equipment for studying them – have continued to grow to include more than 80,000 specimens and other items of natural history. The Nature Lab also houses live animals and plants, a natural history reference library and clipping file, and archives of slides, tapes, videos and x-ray photographs. Several RISD CE classes incorporate scheduled visits to the Nature Lab. Students may use objects in the Nature Lab as reference for their projects.

COVID-19 Update: The Nature Lab is closed to visitors until further notice. Staff are available for online consultation and technical support for RISD students and RISD faculty, according to equipment and specimen availability. Please view the contact page to email requests and questions to specific individuals.