RISD Pre College Celebrates 50 Years
RISD Pre-College Celebrates 50 Years
Pre-College administrators prepare for the first on-campus summer programming since the onset of the pandemic.
Pre-College student Tina Jiang created this digital illustration in a Design Foundations class.
As RISD students return to a frigid Providence campus for Wintersession classes, aspiring young artists and designers from across the country and beyond are sending in their applications for the first in-person summer Pre-College session since the onset of the pandemic. RISD’s Continuing Education division is looking forward to celebrating what will be the 50th Pre-College program since its launch in 1971.
“Of course, we’re paying close attention to COVID statistics and health and safety regulations from the CDC and the Rhode Island Department of Health,” says CE’s Executive Director Sarah Caggiano, “but we have every reason to believe that campus will be buzzing with the energy and creativity of hundreds of Pre-College students come June 25.”
“We have every reason to believe that campus will be buzzing with the energy and creativity of hundreds of Pre-College students come June 25.”
The six-week program began with just a few dozen students in one building. This summer hundreds of students will make their way to RISD to experience a college-level curriculum featuring daylong studio classes, inspiring visits to the Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab and the RISD Museum, and critiques and final projects that will help shape the way they approach art and design, whether or not they eventually earn their undergraduate degrees at RISD.
“In addition to the immeasurable benefits of studying with RISD’s dedicated Continuing Education faculty members, just working alongside other talented and highly motivated students makes the Pre-College experience a life-changer,” says Director of Academic Programs Mariah Doren. The program’s 10,000+ alumni from every state in the US as well as 84 other countries can attest to the program’s impact.
“Just working alongside other talented and highly motivated students makes the Pre-College experience a life-changer.”
“I attended the summer before my senior year of high school, and it was really my first introduction to understanding what a career in design could mean,” says fashion designer, RISD Pre-College alum and Creatives Want Change cofounder Matthew Kane. “I didn’t go to design school until after college, but the RISD program gave me the confidence to pursue that later on.”
The Continuing Education division has also done a remarkable job of pivoting to online learning in response to COVID and recently reimagined its pre-collegiate programming to include the intensive Advanced Program Online as a more flexible experience that allows for greater accessibility and a more diverse student population. Visit CE’s website for more information about these programs and its entire suite of art and design classes for kids, teenagers and adults.
RISD’s Continuing Education division partners with multiple nonprofits to support BIPOC youth interested in pursuing careers in art and design.
In moving its CE classes online, RISD opens the floodgates to passionate new students from across the US and around the globe.
Continuing Education partners with Rhode Island Department of Education to offer free online art and design classes to underserved youth.