“RISD has an excellent reputation and is recognized as one of the best art and design schools in the country. As a nontraditional student who already has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Providence College and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island, I was familiar with the Rhode Island school and heard nothing but great things about the class offerings, talented faculty and student body. I have always been passionate about fashion and I was looking to take classes that could help bring some of my fashion business ideas to life.

As an entrepreneur who is starting a handbag line, I’ve had a vision for a very long time but I really didn’t know how to get started. RISD CE classes have helped me articulate my vision and pushed me to take the next steps. I appreciate that faculty have had real-life experience in the subject matter and can act as consultants helping you each step of the way. I have very little drawing experience, so when we needed to sketch out our designs this was a challenge for me. I know RISD CE offers drawing classes, so that may be part of my future!”

—Sarah Vaudrain, RISD CE student

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