At Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education we are
committed to providing an immersive and innovative art and design
education for everyone, at all stages of life and all levels of
Art and Design for Everyone
RISD Continuing Education offers hundreds of non-credit courses,
workshops and lectures in all aspects of art and design for adults,
teens and kids. We offer online, in-person and hybrid courses
year-round, and we are open admission—we welcome everyone!
Most of our courses take place on the RISD Campus in Providence,
with select courses and workshops held at Tillinghast Place in
Barrington, as well as the Westerly Education Center.
RISD Continuing Education functions within the larger context of
RISD, an institution with an unparalleled reputation for producing
highly skilled, successful and internationally renowned creative
practitioners. A wide variety of creative experiences await adult
students at RISD Continuing Education. We offer courses and
certificate programs in a broad range of visual arts and design
disciplines, as well as in topics related to art and design as
integral parts of our lives and culture. We schedule these courses
year-round, during the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer terms.
Courses are of variable length, but most of our current courses are
online and six-weeks long.
With more than 100 years of expertise nurturing ‘critical making,
thinking and innovation’ and ‘applying the principles of art and
design to the requirements of trade and manufacturing’, RISD
Continuing Education Certificate Programs are designed to
facilitate personal and professional development by engaging
students in sustained exploration and learning in specific creative
disciplines. These non-credit certificates are flexible, designed
to accommodate both students’ learning interests and schedules, and
provide robust, studio-based learning that is current, relevant,
and integrally connected to the creative economy. These programs
equip students with the skills, confidence, proficiency, and
real-world experience to accelerate their creative lives and
RISD Continuing Education instructors plan, organize, teach, and
provide feedback to promote and direct student learning in keeping
with the institutional learning-centered values and in a manner
that meets essential competencies of artists and designers. Our
instructors respond to students with respect and in support of
their development. Communication with students and with the
division must be timely and with attention to college-provided
tools, platforms and resources. The successful candidate should be
prepared to teach asynchronous online courses to a diverse group of
students from a range of disciplines. Interpersonal and leadership
skills, clarity, generosity, and creativity in both personal work
and teaching are essential. Which would entail producing and
posting course content for online learning experiences. We welcome
candidates whose teaching experience addresses historically
underrepresented communities. Our instructors develop culturally
diverse syllabi for studio and seminar courses and lead classes and
critiques that model constructive, inclusive discussions that
encourage students to grow creatively and intellectually.
We are looking for instructors whose specialty is in one or more of
the fields listed below. Please indicate which applies to you in
High Interest In:
Beginner level digital media
Natural Science Illustration
Digital Media - Introductory to Advanced level courses,
particularly Illustrator, InDesign, AfterEffects
Product Design - Introductory to Advanced level courses,
particularly Drawing & Rendering, Materials & Manufacturing
Photography - Introductory to Advanced level courses, particularly
Photoshop & Digital Photography
Rolling Interest In:
Painting, particularly gouache or watercolor
Animation - Introductory to Advanced level courses, particularly
2D&Digital Animation & AfterEffects exp.
Graphic Design - Introductory to Advanced level courses, Print
& Production related courses
Interior Design - Introductory to Advanced level courses,
particularly Drafting & Rendering, Lighting AutoCAD, Revit,
Materials & Manufacturing related courses
4D / Video - Digital Techniques & Effects
- MFA, BFA or Art/Design Major required.
- A track record of paid professional experience at companies
successfully doing related work, and/or a robust, creative,
intellectually and critically engaged design or studio practice, as
evidenced by recognition in publications, commissions, exhibitions,
awards and/or collaborative projects.
- Interest in teaching online, asynchronous ( not live or
via Zoom) courses; including recording video tutorials, course
content, assignments and giving feedback through a LMS (Learning
- Ability to develop and implement diverse teaching and learning
for different learning styles and to respond to the needs of
learners from a variety of educational backgrounds in a
- Analytical, evaluative, and critical thinking skills
- Accept and act upon constructive feedback from course and
classroom evaluations by students and staff.
- Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational
- Teaching experience in a collegiate or adult education setting
that addresses underrepresented communities
-Ability to convey complex art engagement ideas in a clear and
articulate manner for an art and design program and design concepts
that serves adult students with varied skills (novice to advanced)
in a condensed time frame.
- Familiarity with Canvas or similar LMS and online teaching
experience, including the ability to create syllabi and lesson
plans, and how to tie those to learning outcomes. Online course
content; syllabus, learning outcomes, tutorials, assignments and
other components such as intuitive navigation, lively discussions,
and meaningful feedback as part of a successful online class.
- Commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring
- Lifelong learning orientation with demonstrated interest in
learning about new developments in their area of study.
- Ability to empathically relate to a wide range of student
perspectives and maturely handle interpersonal issues that may
- Should be prepared to develop syllabi and lead classes and
critiques that model constructive, inclusive discussions, and that
encourage students to grow creatively and intellectually.
Flexible availability based on regular reliable online contact with
Documents Needed to Apply:
Resume, including a URL link for your professional portfolio if
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload
all required documents.
The successful candidate will be required to meet our
pre-employment background screening requirements.
For certain positions, RISD is currently supporting remote work
arrangements due to the pandemic. When work resumes in person,
employees are expected to perform work on campus.
RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its
learning community and integral to an art and design education. We
welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute
to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal
Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard
to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability,
veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,
genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by
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