June 24 – August 5, 2017
It’s an experience — one that’ll whet your appetite for college and give you the space you need to develop solid skills in art and design.
Not only will you build confidence in yourself as an artist and as an individual, but you’ll get to:
Master a range of tools, materials and techniques. Study with award-winning faculty in our art studios. Create supplementary pieces for your college admission portfolio. Forge the kind of friendships that last a lifetime.
For six weeks, you’ll live like a college student. You’ll follow a college-level studio curriculum. You’ll live in RISD residence halls. And you’ll have the freedom to explore all the sights Rhode Island has to offer, every weekend — including museums, art galleries, beaches, and other cultural attractions.
But that doesn’t mean it’s all clam shacks and suntan oil. Because you’ll also face the same challenges as a RISD college student.
That means you’ll need to work hard, exercise your initiative at every opportunity, and remain focused and on task — no matter what else crops up.
With more than 450 high-school students expected to enroll in this year’s program, the RISD Pre-College community draws on an award-winning faculty of more than 50 artists, designers, and educators — some of whom also teach degree-program classes.
You’ll gain valuable access to RISD’s well-equipped and internationally renowned studio facilities.
Housed in over 40 buildings, they include computer labs, darkrooms, kilns, woodworking shops, and textile and printmaking studios.
RISD Pre-College is about strengthening your ability to observe, conceptualize, analyze and create. That’s why the carefully balanced schedule and all-day studio classes offer the chance for you to experiment and creatively problem solve.
One of the hallmarks of a RISD undergraduate education is the Foundation Studies program, a yearlong immersion in rigorous visual and critical inquiry, designed to encourage you to experiment and challenge ideas, motivations and assumptions. At RISD, foundation work is as crucial to a student’s overall development as the major.
And that’s no different for Pre-College, where you’ll be introduced to the RISD curricular concept through three foundation courses: Drawing Foundations, Design Foundations, and Critical Studies in Art. These courses help you sharpen your powers of observation, gain experience with various tools, materials and techniques, and learn to analyze and discuss works of art.
Choosing a Pre-College major will allow you to explore one particular field of design or fine art in depth.
Study in a major is only one component of the comprehensive Pre-College program. Students in all majors come away with a depth of experience, advancement and artwork through their Foundations courses.
You’ll gain valuable access to RISD’s well-equipped and internationally renowned studio facilities. Housed in over 40 buildings, they include computer labs, darkrooms, kilns, woodworking shops, and textile and printmaking studios.
An essential element of the learning process at RISD is the studio critique. That’s because, as you learn to present and discuss your work in front of faculty, guests and fellow students, you’ll grow more comfortable with talking about and articulating your goals.
Critiques, or “crits” as they’re more commonly known, take place throughout the course of each class, and serve as important guideposts as you refine your work and prepare your final projects.
The summer also culminates with the annual Pre-College Exhibitions – four events held in four separate exhibition spaces on the RISD campus.