Application Info


Eligibility

Each year more than 500 students from all over the world participate in RISD Pre-College. To be eligible to attend, you must have finished your 10th or 11th year of high school (or equivalent) and be between 16 and 18 years old (born between August 4, 2000 and June 21, 2003). Students who will be 16 years old by November 1, 2019 may still apply. If your age falls outside of these parameters, please contact us to see if you qualify. 

Beyond that, RISD Pre-College is open to all, regardless of your experience, training or skill level in art. All applicants who demonstrate the ability and desire to contribute positively and benefit from the program, as evidenced by their application materials, are accepted. There are no admission tests or portfolio requirements. 

That said, this is not an art camp. Be prepared to be in day-long classes and work long hours outside of the classroom refining your concepts and projects. The vast majority of students who apply to the program are highly committed to visual art and see Pre-College as an opportunity to decide whether or not they want to pursue art and design at the undergraduate level.


Application Requirements

Domestic Students

All applications must be completed online and include all of the below requirements in order to be reviewed for admission. Each application is dated and reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis and incomplete applications cannot be processed for review. Domestic students interested in applying to the program must submit the following:

  • A completed application with electronic signatures from both you and a parent/guardian
  • $60 non-refundable application fee
  • A 200-250 word response to each of the following questions:
    • Students attend RISD Pre-College for a wide variety of reasons, but all share a common passion for art and design. What artistic and academic goals do you hope to achieve by completing RISD Pre-College?
    • RISD Pre-College is a rigorous academic experience and has high expectations of students. Describe a time when you had to be self-motivated to work through and complete a project or task. What are the personal skills that helped you? What personal skills would you like to improve at RISD Pre-College?
    • At RISD we value diverse perspectives and life experience. Explain how you will engage in an inclusive community.

International Students

Hundreds of students from all over the world participate in RISD Pre-College each year. International student applications must be completed online and must include all of the below requirements in order to be reviewed for admission. Each application is dated and reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis and incomplete applications cannot be processed for review. The following materials must be submitted online by April 12, 2019:

  • A completed application with electronic signatures from both you and a parent/guardian
  • $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Verification of English proficiency
  • Copy of your passport and visa
  • A 200-250 word response to each of the following questions:
    • Students attend RISD Pre-College for a wide variety of reasons, but all share a common passion for art and design. What artistic and academic goals do you hope to achieve by completing RISD Pre-College?
    • RISD Pre-College is a rigorous academic experience and has high expectations of students. Describe a time when you had to be self-motivated to work through and complete a project or task. What are the personal skills that helped you? What personal skills would you like to improve at RISD Pre-College?
    • At RISD we value diverse perspectives and life experience. Explain how you will engage in an inclusive community.

Visas

If you do not hold US citizenship or US permanent residency, you must have or obtain an appropriate visa. SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) is currently processing RISD’s authorization for the F1 visa program. Accepted students will receive an email updating them with most appropriate visa by January 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of International Student Services (OISS).

Payments

Domestic students: Students who are accepted to the program will receive a decision letter with a link to the online payment center. A $500 non-refundable deposit is due within five business days after acceptance to the program. The remaining payment balance is due by May 6, 2019. Students applying after May 6 must pay all tuition and fees in full within five business days after acceptance. Visit Tuition + Fees for full tuition information.

International students: Students who are accepted to the program will receive a decision letter with a link to the online payment center. Payment in full (tuition, housing and dining fee, and health center fee) is due within five business days after acceptance to the program. You’ll have the option to pay via FlyWire (wire transfer – recommended method), credit card, or check (from a domestic bank account). Visit Tuition + Fees for full tuition information.

English Proficiency

All applicants who speak English as a second language, including US citizens, must submit results from any one of these three options: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or Duolingo* (an online English test). Since proficiency in English is a prerequisite for acceptance, applicants must attain an acceptable score on their chosen test; RISD requires a minimum result of 93 on the TOEFL, a 6.5 on IELTS or a 63 on Duolingo.

*Applicants using Duolingo should select “Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Continuing Education” as the receiving institution.

Creating an Account

To apply you’ll need to create an account on our student applicant dashboard. Interested students, use your email address as the primary email address. Parents/guardians are required to provide electronic consent at each step.

We communicate by email with you directly—not with your parents or other third parties. Please be sure to check your email daily. However, valid email addresses for both you and your parent/guardian are required to attend the program.

Choosing a Major

Choosing a Pre-College major will allow you to explore one particular field of design or fine art in depth. Space in each major is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis; early application increases your chance of placement in your preferred major. If your desired major is full at the time you apply, you can opt to be added to the waitlist before being prompted to select an alternate major that is still open. If a space in the waitlisted major becomes available, you’ll be notified via email. Majors cannot be changed once your application is submitted.

Remember that your major is important, but it isn’t everything. Students in all majors come away with a depth of experience, advancement and artwork through foundation courses.


Scholarships

Eligibility

Each year, a limited number of full and partial scholarships are awarded to those applicants able to demonstrate all of the following:

  • Significant financial need
  • Passion and dedication to art and design
  • Interest and commitment to the program
  • United States citizenship or permanent resident status

Financial Eligibility

In recent years, recipients typically come from families reporting a collective income of approximately $55,000 annually. The application requires documentation demonstrating all forms of income, including an outline of significant assets and other financial benefits (Social Security, unemployment, etc.). Although the application does not require a qualifying income, we encourage only those students who feel they have faced significant financial hardship to submit a scholarship application. Individual household circumstances are taken into consideration.

How to Apply

Within the application, indicate that you’d like to apply to the program as a scholarship student via the ‘Program Information’ tab.

If you plan to attend the program despite the outcome of aid, we encourage you to apply through the regular application and forego the request for a scholarship review. That’s because scholarship applications aren’t reviewed prior to the scholarship application deadline, and if you aren’t awarded a scholarship, your major and/or space in the program may be filled before you’re able to re-apply as a non-scholarship student.

Scholarship Application Requirements

  • A completed application with electronic signatures from both you and a parent/guardian
  • A letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, teacher or a mentor within the field of art and design
  • A 200-250 word response to each of the following questions:
    • Students attend RISD Pre-College for a wide variety of reasons, but all share a common passion for art and design. What artistic and academic goals do you hope to achieve by completing RISD Pre-College?
    • RISD Pre-College is a rigorous academic experience and has high expectations of students. Describe a time when you had to be self-motivated to work through and complete a project or task. What are the personal skills that helped you? What personal skills would you like to improve at RISD Pre-College?
    • At RISD we value diverse perspectives and life experience. Explain how you will engage in an inclusive community.
  • 2017 Income Tax 1040 (If a 1040 was not filed, include a 1099-G, SSI or other documentation of income)
  • Most recent pay advice for each parent/guardian
  • Five artwork samples that represent the student’s dedication to the arts (see requirements below)

Artwork Samples

The five artwork samples you select should best represent your dedication to art and design. They must be uploaded digitally at the time of the online application as a portfolio and should reflect as much of a variety of media as possible, including:

  • At least one black-and-white drawing done with graphite pencil or any dry (fixable) medium
  • At least one sample created from direct observation (not from photographs, other artworks, computer, etc.)
  • Only one of the five artworks can be created digitally or digitally enhanced

File Types + Sizes

The online application portal supports most file types, each as large as 5GB. Please submit your work in video, slide or document formats:

Video: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv
Slide: .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tif, .tiff
Document: .doc, .docx, .odg, .odp, .odt, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .rtf, .wpd


Scholarship Application Deadline

Friday, February 1 at 5 pm
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the scholarship review by mid-February.


Application Timeline


THU, NOV 1

  1. Online applications open

FRI, FEB 1

  1. Scholarship application deadline

FRI, APRIL 12

  1. International student deadline
    Deadline for non-US citizens and non-US permanent residents, including a completed online application and payment in full. 

MON, MAY 6

  1. Payment in full due
    All balances are due for domestic students. Applications submitted after this date must be paid in full within five business days after acceptance.


Disability Support

We attempt to make our classes, programs, events and services accessible by providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations whenever possible. If you need accommodations to participate in any class, program or event please contact Disability Support Services (DSS) prior to submitting your application to learn more about what accommodations can be made.

Requests for accommodations should be made at the time the student is accepted into the Pre-College program and at least two weeks prior to the start of the program. Arrangements for all accommodations requested less than two weeks before the start of the program/course(s) cannot be guaranteed, as most accommodations take time to arrange. Please note that modifications cannot be made to the program structure, academic requirements or course curriculum.

If you need to access the RISD Continuing Education office, please contact a Registration Assistant by email or by phone at 401 454-6200.