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 our reputable teaching artists. Learn to manage time and self-motivate, and develop concepts, sketches and finished pieces. Leave with a portfolio that can be a major asset in your college application.


Advanced Program

5-week summer residential program (with a commuter option). Students follow a set curriculum of classes.
4-week online courses offered summer, fall, and spring.
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.
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 offer time for making, feedback and discussions with peers interested in becoming changemakers.
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 courses are offered as part of a certificate program.
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.
Application Fee (non-refundable) $60;
Residential Program Cost $11,350;
Commuter Program Cost $8,715.
Single Course: $1,380;
Certificate: $5,520.