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The Rhode Island School of Design's six-credit Certificate in Collegiate Teaching in Art + Design, reserved for currently enrolled RISD graduate students only, was awarded for the first time in 2018 by the Department of Teaching + Learning in Art + Design (TLAD).  The certificate builds on the momentum of a 15-year history of graduate student and faculty interest at RISD in developing reflective teaching practices. RISD's certificate provides an institutional endorsement for those graduate students from all disciplines with interests in teaching opportunities in higher education, which when examined alongside other academic and professional qualifications, provides them with a value-added competitive edge.

"The certificate program benefits from its access to the vitality and pedagogical

  practices of the RISD faculty, which provides participating RISD graduate students

  with models of teaching that can inform the creation of a personal teaching

  philosophy and their development as future faculty."

RISD graduate students pursuing the certificate, meeting the requirements, and who are assigned as instructors or co-instructors for a Wintersession course will receive certificates that are endorsed “Conferred with Collegiate Teaching Experience.”  This certificate is only available to currently enrolled full-time RISD graduate students and not to external artists, designers or educators.

Collegiate Teaching & Collegiate Studio Seminars

In a sequence of collegiate teaching electives, graduate students representative of the entire spectrum of RISD’s graduate degree programs have the opportunity to engage with RISD faculty as they reflect on their teaching trajectory and teaching advancement. Videotaped micro-teaching practice experiences provide graduate students with unique opportunities to hone their pedagogical skills and to receive peer and faculty feedback. Additionally, post-class conferences with the seminar instructor and guest RISD faculty provide graduate students with a formal exchange of observations, critical advice and recommendations in support of emerging higher education professionals in the fields of art, design, and architecture. Teaching in a studio-based environment fosters a range of conversations and questions regarding best practices of collegiate teaching of art and design. 

"A cluster of opportunities is available in this RISD TLAD certificate program.  

These discussions occur within the department, across disciplines, in round tables

and informal settings as well as in special forums and seminars."  

College & University Teaching Beyond RISD

RISD graduate students who have electively enrolled in collegiate teaching seminars have gone on to teach full-time and part-time at a range of institutions across the country including the University of Kansas, Auburn University, the College of Charleston, Western Michigan State University, San Francisco State University, Rhodes College, the University of California at Davis, Alfred University, Hamline University, Seoul University, Tyler School of Art, the University of Connecticut, Georgia State University, Luther College, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Colorado College, State University of New York at Purchase,  Fashion Institute of Technology, University of Missouri at Kansas City,  University of Wisconsin, Mendocina College, Scripps College, Central Academy of Fine Arts-Beijing, Emporia State University, Virginia Commonwealth  University in Qatar, Iowa  State University, Montserrat College of Art, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Columbus School of Art & Design, California College of the Arts, Parsons School of Design-The New School, and many, many more.  These former RISD graduate students, now professors and instructors, are contributing to the wider dialogue of teaching in art and design and modeling promising practices in teaching and learning with their own students.

For further information on these TLAD certificate courses, contact Nancy Friese, Professor of Teaching + Learning in Art + Design, at or leave your message below:

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