We connect corporations to the mindsets and practices of artists and designers. Our unique programs taught by talented faculty draw from the principles of studio education to build upon leadership development skills and solve pressing challenges facing the world of business. Engaging learners from a variety of professional backgrounds, ExED offers a creative foundation for your workplace.
Register for Art of Creativity (classes start December 5, 2023)
RISD ExED enables people from any industry to transform their work with the power of art and design. Our executive education programs develop your people’s capacity to unleash creativity, tackle big business challenges, and build a culture of collaboration.
Unleash your people’s creativity
Business as usual isn’t working anymore, yet many workplaces still stifle creativity and new ideas. At RISD, artists develop creative practices to generate and challenge the ideas that shape our future. Get your people inspired to explore new ideas and experiment with new ways of working that unlock innovation.
Take on your organization’s big challenges
Companies struggle with the interconnected problems that make up their toughest business challenges. At RISD, designers deeply question the world as it is, so they can make what’s next. Bring your people together to see their challenges through new critical lenses and redesign your organization for the future.
Build a culture of collaboration
Disconnected teams and unproductive organizational norms rob companies of the learning and growth that comes from true collaboration. RISD’s studio based education is built on a culture of collaboration and critique that pushes the work forward while fostering individual development. Model a new way for your organization where ideas and feedback are shared openly to drive progress.
A RISD approach
We unleash curiosity
All RISD's programs are linked by their focus on connecting curiosity about the world to creative approaches and frameworks for problem-solving. ExED programs challenge your team to deeply question and explore business challenges and existing processes.
We spark experimentation
Across our curricula, we value an open-ended, iterative approach to problem-solving. You’ll translate these methodologies of experimentation practiced by artists and designers and apply them to your work. Using tactics like brainstorming and idea generation, you and your team will see that good ideas can come from anywhere and lead to promising outcomes.
We foster collaboration
Our studios are inherently collaborative places, where ideas develop through engagement with peers and faculty and work is refined through productive critique and feedback. Similarly, our ExED programs engage your team in a shared learning experience to build a culture of collaboration while driving progress on real work.
Founded in 1877, RISD is recognized as one of the most visionary schools in the world—a reputation underscored by a legacy of industry-changing graduates. Our global network of alumni includes award winners, founders and leaders at the vanguard of creative fields whose impact demonstrates how art and design have the power to shape the future.
RISD in the World
RISD has a strong track record of corporate collaboration. Our hands-on, future-focused approach to learning and making has led to engagements with innovative multinational organizations. ExED builds upon this experience to bring fresh leadership development opportunities to a wide range of new partners.
Connect with a member of our team to explore how we can work with you.