Teens Overview

(Ages 13-17)

From figure drawing to sculpture to computer animation, some teens attend RISD CE courses for fun and enrichment, while others have a more academic goal in mind. CE courses for teens are offered as part of the Young Artist Program, and may be taken on an individual basis, or as part of a focused curriculum in one of our teen certificate programs. For the most immersive instruction, RISD also offers the six-week Pre-College Program, for 16- to 18-year-old high school students.

RISD Young Artists Teen Courses

Teen Courses

RISD CE’s Teen Program provides a strong grounding in the visual arts and encourages creative and personal growth through self-expression. Year-round courses provide opportunities for teens to be with their peers who are energetic, creative and passionate about what they’re doing.

RISD Young Artists Certificate Programs

Teen Certificate Programs

Teens can enroll in one of 4 certificate programs to broaden their skills, explore a new medium or prepare for a future in art and design. Certificate programs include: Art School Preparation, 2D Design, 3D Design and Digital Design.

RISD Pre-College Program


The six-week summer residential Pre-College Program offers 16- to 18-year-old high school students a comprehensive introduction to the college art school experience. Students follow a college-like studio curriculum and live in RISD residence halls, in a full-immersion encounter with art and design education at the highest level.