Online Summer Credit Courses

June 21–July 29, 2022

This summer, RISD Continuing Education is offering three Liberal Arts and two Studio online credit courses. Now Enrolling!

These online credit courses are offered to RISD and Brown University students, current college students looking to earn credit, as well as adults who have graduated from high school and are seeking personal enrichment or professional growth.

RISD Students: All five courses offer three transfer credits with pre-approval from your department head using the appropriate Prior Approval for Transfer Credit form.


Digital Storytelling – NEW!

Faculty: Jameka Hartley, HPSS; Schiller Family Assistant Professor in Race in Art and Design

In this collaborative seminar/workshop, you’ll come to understand the nuances of storytelling and narrative knowing. You’ll develop technical skills as you move through the fundamentals of storytelling—from conception and visualization to assembly and sharing your digital story. Also included is a discussion centered on voice and whose stories get told and why.


Introduction to Creative Coding

Faculty: Mattia Casalegno, CTC

Coding has become a foundational skill for every artist and designer who wishes to engage with technology in a practical and critical way. You’ll learn the foundations of computational aesthetics—algorithmic thinking, object-oriented programming, and data processing—and develop simple coding sketches, eventually progressing toward more complex applications.


Creative Nonfiction Writing

Faculty: Sarah Kruse, Literary Arts and Studies

Examine how your personal sense of the daily and the ordinary can be used as a kind of crucible to think about, through, and with current events and other social and political happenings.


Epistemologies of (Self)Care For Artists

Faculty: Elizabeth Maynard, Theory and History of Art and Design

This course is a combination of theoretical inquiry into care and self-care as creative and intellectual methodology in art and scholarship and a practical laboratory in which students can reflect on and cultivate the practices that support their work and integrity of well-being.


Illustration: Visual Storytelling

Faculty: Mary Jane Begin, Illustration

Storytelling is a fundamental human act that crosses cultures, ages, ethnicities and genders. In this course you’ll explore the act of visual storytelling in illustration. You’ll begin with an iteration of character ideas that informs a visual theme, and then create additional characters to provide the foundation for illustrated environments and a story concept.


General Policies

RISD CE Summer Credit Courses Follow CE General Policies

Please review CE Policies and Registration Help + FAQs.

Academic Policies

Admission to RISD Degree Programs

Admission to RISD Summer Credit Courses neither implies nor guarantees admission to a RISD degree program. Those students interested in admission to full-time RISD undergraduate or graduate degree programs must follow the procedures established by the RISD Admissions office. For further information, please call Admissions at 401 454-6300.

Acceptance and Transfer of Credits

Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education (CE) offers credit-bearing courses during the summer session only. While the credit offered by CE is distinct from credit courses offered in RISD degree programs, CE is in compliance with all relevant NASAD guidelines concerning the number of required contact hours mandated for credit courses.

Students from Brown University: It is at the discretion of the student’s home institution to make decisions about what credits it will accept. We suggest that prior to registering, students consult with their department or academic advisor for confirmation that the course credit will be accepted and meet their individual academic requirements. Students who are not RISD matriculated students may transfer the credit earned from CE Summer Studies courses to their home institution by requesting an official transcript. Students should also retain copies of all course syllabi to present to their institution for assessment of course content for consideration of course waivers or acceptance as credit.

RISD Matriculated Students: RISD CE credit is treated as transfer credit by RISD’s undergraduate degree programs. Although the course is recorded in the student’s transcript, the grade is not; nor is the grade counted in the calculation of the student’s GPA. Different policies apply regarding the transferring of RISD CE credit to RISD degree programs, depending on whether the student is an undergraduate or a graduate student, and on whether the course is a studio course or a liberal arts course, as follows:

  • RISD Undergraduate Students: RISD undergraduates are not permitted to transfer more than 12 credit hours towards their degree from outside of the RISD degree program, including those from the RISD CE Summer Credit Courses. Those students interested in taking a CE Summer Credit course must obtain approval (see types of approval forms below) from their department head BEFORE enrolling in one of these courses. Summer Studies transcripts for RISD undergraduates are automatically sent to the Registrar’s Office after grades have been processed.
  • RISD Graduate Students: Transfer credits from outside the RISD Graduate Degree Programs—including RISD CE Credit Courses—are not ordinarily accepted by RISD. Check with your Graduate Program Director or Department Head for more information.

Students from institutions other than RISD: It is at the discretion of the student’s home institution to make decisions about what credits it will accept. We suggest that prior to registering, students consult with their department or academic advisor for confirmation that the course credit will be accepted and meet their individual academic requirements. Students who are not RISD matriculated students may transfer the credit earned from CE Summer Studies courses to their home institution by requesting an official transcript. Students should also retain copies of all course syllabi to present to their institution for assessment of course content for consideration of course waivers or acceptance as credit.


Veterans should apply directly to the Veterans Administration (VA) Regional Office to verify that their program of study qualifies for VA benefits. A Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the VA confirming that benefits have been approved for the student’s chosen course(s) must accompany the student’s registration.


Students receive a letter grade for each course. Grades are available via your Student Portal approximately two–three weeks after the end of the semester. You can view your grades and/or print an unofficial transcript by navigating to “My Enrollment History + Transcript.”


RISD CE uses Parchment to process official transcript requests. You may order paper transcripts or e-transcripts with this service. To place your online order, please visit the Parchment Transcript Request page. If you have requested transcripts via Parchment for RISD Continuing Education prior to August 1, 2018, you will be required to create a new username and password. Unofficial transcripts are available in the Student Portal under the “My Enrollment History + Transcript” tab.

Please note: Visit the RISD Registrar’s office to request a transcript for a degree program or place your online order via Student Clearing House.

RI Department of Education Professional Development credits may be available for some courses. Teachers seeking such credits should contact Rhode Island Department of Education’s Office of Teacher Certification at 401 222-8893.

Financial Policies

Changes, Cancellations and Class Postponements

RISD reserves the right to cancel courses, or to alter fees, scheduling or staffing of courses. If a particular program or course is cancelled, students are informed of the course cancellation as far in advance as possible.

Drops/Withdrawals + Refunds

Course Changes

Our course registration system provides a self-service portal to make changes to enrollment when needed. Students can drop and withdraw from courses directly on the “My Enrollment History” tab of their Student Portal at

Transferring a Course

Students may choose to transfer to another available course by the transfer request deadline. If there is a difference in tuition students will be charged or refunded accordingly.

Dropping a Course

Students may drop a course any time prior to the established drop request deadline. Dropped courses will not appear on the student transcript. Depending on when you drop the course, you may be eligible for a partial or full refund, based on our refund policy (below). We will attempt to automatically process refunds as soon as you drop a class. Refunds will typically be processed in 5 business days.

Withdrawing from a Course

After the drop request deadline, students will still have the option to withdraw from their course until the withdrawal request deadline. No refund is given and a withdrawal (WD) will appear on the student’s transcript. Failure to properly withdraw from a course results in a permanent grade of F on the student’s record.

Important: Simply notifying the instructor or failing to complete a course does not constitute an official withdrawal.

The refund policy and the policy for withdrawing from special events are detailed in “Refunds,” below.


Refunds are based on tuition only, and are calculated according to the date the drop from a course is initiated. Failure to complete a course does not constitute an official drop or withdrawal, nor does notification of drop or withdrawal to the instructor. There is a $50 fee per course for all drops. Special fees are not refundable after the first class.

In some cases, an instructor may determine that a student has not successfully met prerequisites and recommend an alternative course of study. If notice of this recommended withdrawal is provided to the student in writing on the date of the first class session, the student should contact CE immediately to receive a full refund.

Processing refunds may take up to two weeks. Refunds of MasterCard or VISA charges are credited to the account that was charged. We do not retain credit card information; therefore, we may need to request your credit card information again in order to issue you a refund.

Drop initiated/notification received in the RISD CE Office:

20 days or more before the start of the course: 100% refund, minus $50 drop fee

10-19 days before the start of the course: 70% refund, minus $50 drop fee

9 days or fewer before the start of the course: 40% refund, minus $50 drop fee

5 days or more after the start of the course: no refund


RISD Summer Credit Courses are not eligible for promotions or discounts for other CE programs and offerings, such as Adult Extension and Youth programming. Benefit Eligible* RISD employees and their families (i.e., an employee’s spouse, domestic partner and/or dependent children) are eligible to take summer credit courses at a 50% discount. Benefit eligible* FT and PT Faculty Union members can apply for classes based on their collective bargaining agreement.

*For benefit eligibility and questions please contact Please also review information for staff eligibility, FT faculty eligibility and PT faculty eligibility.

Student Success

The essential elements for success in summer credit courses are a passion to create, a willingness to try new ideas, being open to working differently and a strong work ethic. This is an intensive program and students may need additional academic support such as private tutors and/or other wellness resources not provided by the program. Each student will be assessed and graded on their engagement and performance, so it’s important to be prepared and limit competing priorities. Be sure to communicate with your instructor about any questions, concerns or understanding of the class expectations and assignments.

Dedicated Workspace
Having dedicated work, documentation and presentation areas are essential to support your creativity and class requirements. Most students do not have access to an art studio nor is it required to create work for your class. Prior to the start of class create the following areas that you will have continual access to throughout the program.

Creative Workspace

  • Your work s space should include the following:
  • Flat tabletop and/or floor space to work on
  • Protect the area by covering floors, carpet, wallspace and valued items
  • Organize your supplies so they are easily accessible
  • Computer access for reference and class interaction
  • Wall Space to hang your references and work for viewing and presentation during class
  • A mirror to view your work in reverse and double the viewing distance in tight spaces
  • Good lighting on your work space and on your work when presenting

Documentation and Presentation Area

  • Proper representation of your work is critical to assure your work is being assessed accurately. Create dedicated space for photographing or videoing your work. The area should include:
    • A clean, white area (wall, paper or fabric) that provide extended and uninterrupted space
      around the work you are documenting
    • No distracting items or backgrounds (drinks, tools, devices, etc.)
    • Even spread lighting such as daylight or flood lamp bulbs
    • Short chair, stool or step stool to stand on
    • Be sure to follow all presentation guidelines from your instructor

Student Engagement
In order to successfully engage in online learning students should:

  • Enroll and Log-in prior to the first day of class and learn how to navigate the course pages and attend zoom sessions
  • Review all course content: syllabus, demos, videos and other resources
  • Pay attention to and plan your workload in order to meet deadlines (late and incomplete work may not be accepted by your instructor)
  • Plan to log into the course daily to keep up with new materials, information, etc.
  • Participate in discussions in the discussion boards, as well as live sessions
  • Be aware that non-engagement with the class and missing more than two live class sessions can result in suspension and removal from course access

Proactive and coherent communication during the program is essential. Students should follow all instructions on how, when and where to communicate.

With Your Instructor and TA
All communication with instructors and the Teaching Assistant (TA) takes place during zoom sessions or through Canvas (not through email). It is important to consider the following:

  • Your instructor and TA are there to help you and students are expected to advocate for themselves
  • Class announcements are posted regularly on the course portal which are also sent to the primary email address on file, so check your email regularly.
  • Non-communication may be interpreted as non-engagement and a lack of critical inquiry

With Your Peers
Engaging in positive community building and creative support with classmates is a vital component to a RISD education. In fact, we find that offering and receiving support, encouragement and feedback from classmates is essential to our growth as artists and designers. As such students are encouraged to use the Zoom meetings and course platform to:

  • Share Ideas and Inspiration
  • Critique Your Peers Work Using Visual Language
  • Challenge Each Other to Improve
  • Be Open to Other’s Experience
  • Respect Each Other’s Perspective

RISD Continuing Education values all our students and family members and welcomes the opportunity to serve you. If you are in need of administrative or registration support, or would like to learn about the resources available to you please contact us:
call: 401-454-6200

Generally speaking, RISD CE Staff and Instructors will return inquiries within 24 – 48 hours, but that timeframe may be extended during particularly busy times such as registration open dates, program start and ending dates.

RISD’s Online Learning Etiquette

Be prepared

  • Test all technology (including camera/video, Wi-Fi, and screen sharing) before the class meeting.
  • Read the expectations for class for the given day and come prepared.

Be aware of your surroundings.

  • Find the quietest space you can for your Zoom meetings.
  • Turn off all notifications and make sure your cell phone is on silent.
  • Do not have an animated or otherwise distracting/offensive virtual background.
  • Eliminate visual distractions in the frame of your camera if your background is live.

Be aware of yourself

  • Be sure you are visible on camera with adequate lighting. You should be seated during a Zoom meeting, not reclining or pacing the room.
  • Mute your audio to start the meeting and when you are not speaking.
  • Be presentable in your clothing—no pajamas. If you need to turn off your video, please reach out to the instructor before the class meeting.
  • If you need to leave the meeting briefly, mute your audio and video.

Be courteous

  • Don’t stare at your phone, your tablet or anything else while other people are presenting.
  • Don’t work on other tasks (like checking email, watching streaming services) during the virtual meeting.
  • Try not to interrupt other people when they’re speaking. Use the hand raise function or raise your hand on camera.
  • Limit informal private chat with others in the class during the meeting.
  • Avoid eating during meetings unless the instructor has specifically encouraged this.

Privacy Online

  • Respect other students’ privacy and intellectual property; do not share personal information or images online without permission, or repost other students’ work to public forums.
  • Respect your instructor’s intellectual labor: do not record classes or post or share by any means any videos, URLs, links, websites, or other class materials without prior approval of your instructor.
  • Do not send or share personal or confidential information via e-mail or learning platform.
  • Do not give another person your email or learning-platform username or password or request that someone else log into your account to perform any action in your stead.