RISD: Continuing Education

Sarah Caggiano, Executive Director, Continuing Education
345 South Main St., 2nd floor
401-454-6200
scaggian@risd.edu

Susan Bellaire, Associate Director for Student Support Services
401-454-6203
sbellair@risd.edu

Maria Silva, Senior Secretary
401-454-6202
msilva@risd.edu

The Division of Continuing Education provides community outreach for the College through adult and youth extension courses, a variety of certificate programs, Pre-College for rising high school juniors and seniors (15% of any RISD Freshman class is likely to have attended this program), and a Summer Studies program. CE also collaborates with degree program academic departments on the creation of special programs or institutes.

CE welcomes degree program faculty to teach in its many programs and welcomes course, program and special event proposals from faculty and from academic departments wishing to test new ideas. For example, CE and the Graphic Design Department collaborate on the Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies (SIGDS).

CE offers corporate training opportunities, both on-site at the company and on the RISD campus. Clients have included Hasbro, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island, CVS and scores of other notable firms. CE also works with the academic departments to develop unique learning opportunities for students that cannot be accommodated in the regular curriculum.

Immediately upon hire full-time faculty members, their spouses and dependent children may enroll in CE courses with tuition remitted anywhere from 50% – 100% (lab and material fees must be paid in full). Pre-College and Summer Studies courses for credit, along with some courses that involve travel or other special circumstances, may remit only partial tuition or may not be subject to discount at all. Faculty members may request departmental funding to cover the unreimbursed portion of tuition if a relevant training opportunity is involved.

Part-time faculty members are eligible to take many CE courses at no cost (lab and material fees must be paid in full) after they have completed 5 years as part of the bargaining unit and have received a multi-year contract under which they teach at least 3 teaching units. Part-time faculty members who do not meet these criteria, but who have the prior approval of her/his Department Head, may be eligible for Continuing Education classes on a space-available basis provided the course is relevant to his/her teaching duties at RISD. Contact Human Resources for the tuition remission form specific to adjunct faculty.