! Advanced Program Online: Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 enrollment now open

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

Summer 2024 dates to be announced in October 2023


Follow a college-level curriculum with day-long studio classes, visits to the Nature Lab and RISD Museum, critiques and 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.




pre-college alumni


different countries
represented since 1971
“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 time 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.”

—Izzy, RISD Pre-College 2018

Push beyond the expected

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

The health, safety and well-being of our students, instructors and staff remains our top priority.

RISD has developed a comprehensive set of protocols and policies to protect the health and safety of Pre-College students and the broader community from the spread of COVID-19 on campus.