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Students in southern Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut can take advantage of a number of art and design courses from Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education (RISD CE) that, until now, required commuting to its Providence campus. A select group of RISD CE courses are now offered at the Westerly Education Center, giving students the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty in a range of visual arts and design disciplines. RISD CE course offerings in Westerly span a variety of creative choices in artistic mediums, but all focus on developing the key building blocks to establish a working knowledge of spatial organization and visual problem solving to further your abilities as an artist.

Clink on the course links to register or visit ce.risd.edu when you enter keyword "Westerly" in the keyword search field.



COVID-19 adjusted schedule message from RISD CE

The cancelation of all in-person continueing education classes this spring and summer presented an opportunity for RISD CE to launch a suite of 14 online classes (April 27–June 8). This is an exciting opportunity for the extended RISD community to connect, engage and create again in a virtual online setting. RISD CE online synchronous classes meet live during a specific day and time via a virtual Zoom meeting. Asynchronous discussions, course materials and assignments can be taken at any time of day as they do not meet live. These online classes are delivered by the course management system CE Link.

RISD Continuing Education, is committed to your academic and professional development – and above all, your health and well-being. That’s why we've transformed several of our in-person courses to an accessible online format that will allow you to connect, engage and create while maintaining the social distance that is vital to our response to COVID-19. Join RISD CE to explore a new subject or take your very first course in art and design.

As this initial suite of online offerings will be taught synchronously, we need to target people primarily in the Eastern Standard Time Zone. For example, students on the East Coast will actually be logging in at 6:30–9:30 pm as the instruction will be live. Join RISD CE Online this spring to stay connected with the RISD community, level up your job skills or explore a new subject: https://ce.risd.edu/online-courses/

Our offerings: Courses begin the week of April 27:
Surface Design: Introduction
Jewelry Rendering
Claymation: Introduction
Comic Book Illustration: Introduction
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Photoshop
Digital Design Techniques I: Daytime or Evening
Photography: Introduction
Graphic Design: Introduction
Web Architecture
Cascading Style Sheets
Product Development + Manufacturing: Introduction
Drawing + Rendering for Product Design
Interior Design: Introduction



One of the oldest colleges of its kind in the US, Rhode Island School of Design stands out as a leader in art and design education. RISD Continuing Education educates students of all ages in art and design with high quality, accessible programs. The division serves more than 4,000 individual students per year in its non-credit courses, six-week Pre-College program for high school artists and designers, and Summer Programs for college credit. RISD CE also offers non-credit certificate programs for adults and teens. For more information about RISD Continuing Education, visit http://ce.risd.edu