explore design / portfolio


A free portfolio development program for all Rhode Island students in grades 9-12.


Calling all future designers, artists, and makers! Learn to showcase your art and design projects in a professional portfolio format that’s ready for college and career applications. DownCity Design and DESIGNxRI want to help you share your work with confidence, explore design careers, and get real-world advice from working professionals.


So you can:

Learn to:

  • tell your personal story
  • express your passion for the things you make and do
  • explore the many creative career paths available in the world of design
  • make your work stand out as you get ready for college or careers
  • take high-quality photographs of finished projects, models, & drawings 
  • learn to use Adobe Creative Suite
  • design captivating layouts to display your work 
  • ask design professionals questions about their work 

EXPLORE DESIGN / PORTFOLIO is an initiative of DESIGN FORWARD RI funded by Real Jobs RI. This program is open to all Rhode Island Youth, ages 14 to 18. No previous design or software skills are necessary. We'll teach you all you need to know! RIPTA Tickets available upon request.

Meet the educators:

Get Involved:

WHEN: January 29th - May 23rd
Monday & Wednesday: 3:30-5:00 pM

WHERE: The MET School Equality Building
325 Public St, Providence, RI 02905