Youth Courses

(Ages 13–17)

From drawing and sculpture to animation and painting, some teenage artists and designers attend RISD CE courses for fun and enrichment, while others have a more academic goal in mind. Online courses run year round while in-person courses are available during the summer on RISD’s campus in Providence, RI.

As part of RISD Pre-Collegiate Programs and designed for high school students interested in pursuing art and design in college, Advanced Program Online is an intensive for changemakers and offers a certificate track. RISD Pre-College is our residential summer immersive where students follow a college-level curriculum and live like a RISD student for six weeks during the summer.

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Brush, pencil and color your way to artistic expression with courses in drawing, painting and illustration. The world is a wide-open canvas!


Build, sculpt, sew it: Industrial design, sculpture, fashion and architecture … it’s all about taking shape!


Gain technical skills with courses in digital image making, animation and photography.

Art School Preparation

For students interested in a future in art and design, with an emphasis on portfolio development.

Youth Courses (ages 13–17)

Youth Courses (ages 13–17)

RISD CE courses for teenage artists and designers provide a strong grounding in the visual arts and encourages creative and personal growth through self-expression. Year-round online courses provide opportunities for high school students to be with their peers who are energetic, creative and passionate about what they’re doing.

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RISD Advanced Program Online for high school students

Advanced Program Online

RISD’s Advanced Program Online is a series of intensive, collegiate-level courses for high school students in grades 10–12 (or the equivalent) who are 15–18 years old. This immersive online experience is designed for those interested in pursuing art and design in college and want to learn best practices in producing portfolio work.

RISD Pre-College program


Pre-College isn’t just an education—it’s an experience. Live like a RISD student for six weeks this summer and follow a college-level curriculum with day-long studio classes, visits to the Nature Lab and RISD Museum, critiques and final projects that will forever shape the way you approach art and design.