Learn in the format that works
best for you

Both programs offer a college-level curriculum that provides a strong foundational understanding of drawing and design principles.

Whether on-campus or online, you’ll participate in courses led by professionally practicing instructors, learn to manage time and self-motivate, and develop a portfolio of concepts, sketches, and finished pieces that can be included in or inform your college application.

Pre-College

Advanced Program
Online

Schedule
6-week summer residential program (with a commuter option). Students follow a set curriculum of classes.
4- and 5-week online program (offered summer, fall, and spring). Classes can be taken individually—outside of the certificate.
Eligibility
Must be a rising junior or senior (entering 11th or 12th grade).
Must be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior (entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade).
Format + Experience
An immersive in-person experience: live in residence halls, get a taste of college life, events, and exhibitions.
Flexible online learning: classes can be taken from anywhere in a mix of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (pre-recorded) sessions.
Classwork
6 hour studio courses and shared collaborative studio work space gives the opportunity to work side-by-side with other serious students.
3 hour live sessions and online engagement offers collaborative making, feedback and discussion with peers interested in becoming changemakers.
Curriculum
Students follow a set curriculum of classes with a broad introduction to art and design foundations.
Curriculum has a thematic focus on the artist’s role as an agent of change and classes can also be taken individually as part of, or outside of, the certificate.
Studio + Facilities
Access RISD’s world-class facilities: Nature Lab, Museum, Library, studios, specialized equipment, and the RISD Store.
Learn to set up your own studio space. Develop a practice embedded in your community and surroundings while accessing RISD’s online resources.
Tuition
Application Fee (non-refundable) $60;
Residential Program Cost $10,850;
Commuter Program Cost $7,825.
Single Course: $1,340;
Certificate: $5,360.