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

Tiffany Bowman
Data & Enrollment Analyst
401 454-6499

Kristina Byrne
Assistant Director, Student Experience
401 454-6473

Sarah Caggiano
Executive Director, RISD|CE
401 454-6689

Andrea Rathje Claudio
Marketing/Publications Coordinator
401 709-8424

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

Jessica Egan
Administrative Assistant
401 454-6200

Noah Frase
Application & Enrollment Specialist
401 454-6208

Marisa Gutmacher
Program Manager, Design Studies and Product Development
401 277-4802

Carrie Kell
Associate Director, Strategic Enrollment Initiatives
401 277-4998

Kathleen Kelly
Assistant Director, Academic Advising
401 454-6206

Francoise McAree
Program Manager, Fine and Applied Arts
401 454-6665

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

Naomi Messier
Young Artist Supply Coordinator
401 454-6200

Beth Mitchell
Planning and Events Manager
401 454-6213

John Murphy
Associate Director, Marketing
401 277-4934

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

Judi Sheldon
Programs Assistant, Summer and Special Programs
401 454-6204

Maria Silva
Programs Assistant
401 454-6202

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