Summer Programs

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Summer at RISD is a perfect time to discover new ways of questioning and creating. Whether you are a current RISD student looking to challenge your thinking in a global context or a K-12 student who wants to stretch your talents, you will find classes and programs that will spark your curiosity.

RISD Global summer offerings

RISD Global’s summer offerings provide opportunities to expand your point of view as an artist, designer and engaged global citizen. Open to current students (undergraduate and graduate) enrolled at RISD or in other art and design programs, recent grads, and art and design professionals, these credit-bearing experiences immerse you in inspiring contexts for creative problem-solving.

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Pre College summer residential program

If you are a rising high school junior or senior ready to experience RISD firsthand, our residential Pre-College program will introduce you to studios, faculty and students from around the world who will push your creative practice to unexpected places. The six-week experience offers total immersion in art and design and opportunities to add exciting new work to your portfolio.

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Advanced Program Online year-round intensive

High school students grades 10–12* can also take part in the Advanced Program Online, a year-long, college-level art and design experience. The curriculum consists of focused explorations of drawing and design, plus featured topic studios for students on the program’s certificate track, and emphasizes the skills and thinking you need to build a standout portfolio for college applications. 

Also offered in a non-certificate version, the program takes place over the course of intensive four-week summer sessions or during the fall and spring in multiple five-week blocks. For teens ages 13–17, RISD CE also offers teen courses that let you explore your interests and make work in a wide range of creative fields.

for the summer session, students entering grade 10 and those who just graduated are eligible to enroll.

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Kids Vacation Camps

Also available during winter and spring school vacations, RISD’s weeklong day camps let young artists ages 6–12 create work in many mediums and bring their ideas to life. Kids Vacation Camps are taught by RISD CE instructors to appeal to students with diverse interests and skill levels, with courses ranging from basic drawing and sketching to stop-motion animation and set design. 

Summer camps take place on campus in Providence as well as at Tillinghast Place, our beachside grounds in nearby Barrington, RI. (School-year vacation camps are held only at Tillinghast Place.)

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