explore design

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


Discover Design Futures

Calling all creative teens! Join us in EXPLORE DESIGN as we learn about design careers and prepare to apply for college design programs. You can sign up for one (or all four!) of our FREE monthly Saturday workshops. This program is open to all RI high school students, and is highly recommended for seniors preparing to apply to college winter of 2019.

EXPLORE DESIGN is an initiative of DESIGN FORWARD RI, offered in partnership with DESIGNxRI and funded by REAL JOBS RI.



EXPLORE DESIGN is a series of free Saturday workshops for high school students who are interested in design careers. Sign up for any or all sessions online!

Workshop 1: Preparing to Apply to Design Colleges

Saturday, September 28

This session covers the college design program application process including where to look, how to apply, and what to prepare, including developing a portfolio.

Workshop 2: Documenting Design Work

Saturday, October 19

Bring in your past art and design work to Workshop 2 and practice taking professional - looking photographs to document your work for your portfolio. We’ll show you strategies for taking great pictures of your work and provide an opportunity to practice.

Workshop 3: Portfolio Review

Saturday, November 9

Learn more about how to show off your work when applying to college by creating a custom portfolio that gathers your art and design work in one place. We will also critique and review existing portfolios.

Workshop 4: Personal Branding

Saturday, December 7

Learn to cultivate a personal brand. We’ll learn to use outlets such as portfolio web sites and social media to build a specific brand for your professional web presence.



All sessions are held at DownCity Design at:

425 West Fountain St. Unit 110

Providence, RI 02903

DownCity Design does not provide transportation. Free RIPTA tickets available upon request.


All Saturday Sessions are held 1-5 pm, once monthly.