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Pre-College 2021 Update

Due to COVID-19, RISD has developed a new online program designed for high school students interested in pursuing art and design in college and want to learn best practices in producing portfolio work: RISD Advanced Program for High School Students.

This immersive online experience is a series of intensive, collegiate-level courses for students in grades 10–12 (or the equivalent) who are 15–18 years old. For the summer term students who are rising sophomores (grade 10 or the equivalent) or have graduated from high school this year are eligible to attend. We hope you can join us online this summer! Learn more.

Pre-College isn't just an education—it's an experience.

This summer, live like a RISD student and work alongside hundreds of other creative, highly motivated students who will inspire you to push your limits and produce your best work. 

Get ready for six weeks that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

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.

Build your portfolio, develop as an artist and an individual.

Experiment with new materials, tools, and techniques, study with award-winning instructors, take risks, test your theories and challenge your ideas.

Embrace the process as well as the product.

Get out of your comfort zone, push beyond the expected, learn to appreciate critique, and refine your work to make it stronger than you ever thought possible.