!Registration for Advanced Program Online Summer Term Closes June 1

About Pre-College

Program Dates

  • Sat, June 25, 2022

    Check-In Day

  • Mon, June 27, 2022

    First day of Pre-College

  • Fri, Aug 5, 2022

    Last day of Pre-College; move out by 9 pm*

    *For international and students traveling long distances see Early Arrival and Extended Check-Out schedule options.

RISD Pre-College residential program is now full, but we are reviewing and accepting Wait List applications, as we do anticipate spaces becoming available.

Program Description

RISD Pre-College offers rising high school juniors and seniors the chance to experience life as a RISD undergrad. For six weeks you’ll follow a college-level curriculum with day-long studio classes, critiques and final projects. You’ll work alongside hundreds of other creative, highly motivated students from around the world who will challenge, inspire and encourage you to push your limits and produce your best work. You’ll live like a RISD student, access renowned resources and instructors, strengthen your portfolio and forever change the way you approach art and design.

About Rhode Island School of Design

Founded in 1877, Rhode Island School of Design (or “RIZ-dee” for the acronym RISD) is one of the oldest and best-known colleges of art and design in the world. RISD’s immersive model of education—which emphasizes conceptually driven, studio-based learning and robust study in the liberal arts—has never had more potential for greater impact. With a strong commitment to improving the world around them, RISD students develop the confidence and cross-disciplinary thinking, problem-framing and problem-solving skills needed to intervene in the critical social, political and environmental challenges of our time.

The mission of Rhode Island School of Design, through its college and museum, is to educate its students and the public in the creation and appreciation of works of art and design, to discover and transmit knowledge and to make lasting contributions to a global society through critical thinking, scholarship and innovation.

RISD is located in Providence, Rhode Island—on the east coast of the US, a three-hour drive north of New York City and 45 minutes south of Boston.

50 Unforgettable Summers of RISD Pre-College

RISD’s first Pre-College summer program started in 1971 (pictured above!) with a few dozen students in just one building. Now, celebrating 50 unforgettable summers of Pre-College, roughly 600 students experience RISD’s campus each summer — representing nearly every state in the US, 84 different countries, and boasting over 10,000 alumni since 1971.

WATCH: A Look at RISD Pre-College

Info Session Webinar Recording

Hear From Alumni

Here’s what a few alumni had to say about their experience with RISD Pre-College.

“My friend experienced a tremendous amount of growth with your program here in the summer of 2017, and highly recommended that I apply. So far the program has totally changed my technicality and creativity for the better, and I can’t wait to see how much I will improve by the program’s end. RISD has given me the opportunity and creative freedom to present myself as an artist.”
– Hailey, Virginia

“Going into the RISD Pre-College program, I knew I was considering RISD as my top choice in my college application process, but I still wanted to get a better feel for the school’s environment and programs. The six weeks I spent at RISD this summer allowed RISD to feel like my home away from home and I fell even more in love with the school and everything it has to offer. The [foundation] classes and major classes pushed me to challenge myself and to think more creatively than ever before… The program also allowed me to grow as an artist and individual, improve my technical skills, and explore new mediums… The relationships you form with faculty members, friends, and classmates is unparalleled. RISD Pre-College 2018 was an unforgettable experience and I loved every second of it.”
– Izzy, New Jersey

“Went for animation this past year. Honest to goodness the best instruction and community I’ve had at any art program. Encouraging and prepared instructors, fun RAs and RD, creative classmates and kind and accepting floor-mates. Food is great too! The last day was a cry-fest because no one wanted to leave. Great program, can’t wait to apply for real next year.”
– Katherine, Massachusetts