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. With more than 100 years of expertise nurturing critical making, thinking, and innovation in art and design we facilitate personal and professional development by engaging students in sustained exploration and learning in the creative disciplines. With a commitment to centering inclusivity, diversity and equity in executing key responsibilities, 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.
Pre-College Program Overview
RISD Pre-College is a 5-week summer immersive art and design program for rising high school juniors and seniors who are seeking a college-level experience. This residential, in-person program is an introduction to college life, providing the opportunity for prospective art school students to live and learn as RISD degree students do. Students follow a college-level curriculum with day-long studio classes four days a week and a once-a-week liberal arts course. Our students are diverse, coming from a wide range of geographic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds.
One of the hallmarks of a RISD undergraduate education is first year Experimental + Foundation Studies which is designed to push students' creative observation, experimentation and interpretation abilities. Following suit, RISD's Pre-College curriculum places a strong emphasis on foundation work that builds critical thinking and making skills, but for younger students. RISD Pre-College accepts students regardless of their previous training, and as a result each class has students with a range of abilities. While Pre-College is not exclusively a portfolio development program, students leave with several artworks that they may include in their college applications. Pre-College students receive support with their college plans by consulting with their instructors and teaching assistants on college and career options, and they are able to attend portfolio reviews hosted by RISD Admissions.
RISD CE seeks studio and liberal arts instructors for summer of 2024 (Monday July 1 - Friday August 2, 2024). We are hiring for several majors in various disciplines, and we are hiring several instructors for Drawing Foundations and Design foundations. We welcome teaching artists of all backgrounds with ongoing studio practices and demonstrated achievements of high caliber results in their students' work.
Pre-College instructors are passionate about art and design and can nurture the interest of their students. They are approachable but maintain high expectations and are invested in their students' success. They vary their approach using lectures, demonstrations, and more. Our instructors are plugged into the needs and interests of today's youth, and connect the course content to the students' lived experience and current events. They are culturally responsive and lead an inclusive learning environment. We are particularly interested in candidates whose pedagogical approach and personal studio practice can resonate with our diverse student body.
RISD Pre-College focuses on making by hand and with few exceptions does not use computer programs or tablets for the completion of artwork. As our students come from a range of backgrounds with variance in prior art education, successful candidates will be able to be responsive to students with a range of existing skills. Successful candidates will have the ability to keep students engaged in 7-hour studio courses, or 2 hours in the case of Critical Studies in Art.
Teaching experience in a collegiate and/or high school setting
Experience developing courses that challenge students creatively and intellectually while maintaining age-appropriate pedagogy
Demonstrated ability to generate high caliber student work
Ability to keep students engaged throughout full-day studio courses
Experience leading classes and critiques that model constructive, inclusive discussions in an environment of diverse learners
Ability to tailor instruction to meet the needs students with a wide range of pre-existing skills
Ongoing professional creative practice
Proficiency with online collaborative tools such as Google Suite
Proficiency with learning management systems such as Canvas
Ability to contribute to RISD's strategic priorities of just societies, sustainability, and creating new knowledge
Experience developing inclusive curriculum that centers artists of historically underrepresented backgrounds
Interest in collaborative curriculum planning
Master of Fine Arts or equivalent in established professional practice in area of study
Teaching artists and design educators of all backgrounds are welcome to apply. However we are specifically looking for instructors who can teach in the following areas:
Majors (two days per week)
Art + Activism
Art + Science
Instructors may teach multiple sections of the following, or one of the following and a major.
Critical Studies in Art (liberal arts: writing and research in visual arts. Schedule varies.)
Drawing Foundations (one day per week)
Design Foundations (one day per week)
Summer term dates: Monday July 1 - Friday August 2, 2024
Please attach a link to your professional portfolio and student work samples
Include a sample assignment and/or your teaching philosophy.
Include a statement of interest or cover letter indicating the course(s) you are interested in teaching.
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.
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 law.
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), founded in 1877, is a fine arts and design college located in Providence, Rhode Island. Enrolling about 2000 undergraduates and 400 graduate students from across the United States and 55 other countries, RISD offers 16 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate majors, and is ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top art and design schools in the United States. RISD’s rigorous education encourages creative experimentation and intellectual risk-taking, challenging students to question their approach to art making through critical thinking. There are over 90,000 works of art in the RISD Museum, which houses a collection of fine and decorative art objects. The first public galleries opened in 1893. The RISD Library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country with more than 150,000 volumes and 380 periodical subscriptions which offer unusual depth and richness in the areas of architecture, art, design, and photography. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundament...al 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 law.