Course Description

RISD Advanced Program for High School Students course: Exploration in Design

Artwork by Tina J.

The principles and methods learned in Exploration in Design I serve as the foundation upon which students now learn to express personal, as well as global ideas and concepts. Exercises and experimentation with color logic and theory allow students to understand how color can elicit emotional responses in their work. Working from observation and investigative study of objects and environments, students distinguish key abstractions and selections that can create innovative design solutions. Students formulate initial sketches and conceptual iterations that develop into a final project and support a core practice to help in the success of future work.


This is a 4-week course that includes 2 live Zoom meetings outlined in the schedule of the section. In this intensive course, students should expect to spend a minimum of 5 hours per week of engaging in coursework. Students should plan their schedules accordingly to keep up with the class.


This course is part of RISD's Advanced Program Online, a pre-collegiate program for students ages 15–18 in grades 10–12. This is part 2 of 2 sessions that complete the course.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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