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Continuing Education (CE)

The mission of the Continuing Education (CE) Division is to educate students of all ages in art and design with high-quality accessible programs.

CE offers evening and weekend courses, workshops, lectures and summer programs throughout the year. During the fall and spring terms we offer 12-week courses, while summer and winter sessions offer intensive six-week courses. In addition, CE offers a six-week Pre-College Program for high school artists and designers. The program is focused on allowing students to experience the core elements of a RISD education.

Finally, CE’s Summer Studies Program offers students the opportunity to pursue a variety of art and design disciplines and work with distinguished artists, designers and educators for college credit.


Dean Abanilla
Technology Specialist
401 454-6727

Idalina Alarcon
Assistant Director, Program Operations
401 427-3154

Tiffany Bowman
Data & Enrollment Analyst
401 454-6499

Kristina Byrne
Assistant Director, Student Experience
401 454-6473

Sarah Caggiano
Executive Director of Continuing and Expanded Education
401 454-6689

Andrea Rathje Claudio
Assistant Director, Marketing and Publications
401 709-8424

Cathy Davis-Hayes
Coordinator, Young Artist Program
401 454-6216

Mariah Doren
Director, CE Program Planning & Development
401 454-6126

Jessica Egan
Graphic Design and Marketing Coordinator
401 210-5437

Noah Frase
Application & Enrollment Specialist
401 454-6208

Josh Jordan
Program Manager, Digital and Design
401 427-3118

Kathleen Kelly
Assistant Director, Academic Advising
401 454-6206

Joy McLaughlin
Assistant Director, Pre-College and Summer Studies
401 454-6215

John Murphy
Director, Marketing and Communications
401 277-4934

Ashley Nikolyszyn
Program Manager, Fine and Applied Arts
401 454-6691

Blair Schiffer
Director, Business and Enrollment Operations
401 709-8680

Nicole Smith
Talent Acquisition & Business Operations Specialist
401 277-4922

Kaitlyn Vicente
Social Media + Digital Marketing Coordinator
401 454-6472

Tracy Voccio
Student Account Manager
401 454-6210