explore design

FALL 2018
A free portfolio development program for all Rhode Island students in grades 9-12.


Discover Design Futures

Calling all creative teens! This fall, 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 three!) of our FREE monthly Saturday workshops, and then join us for additional one-on-one support and mentoring during our after-school Drop-In Days. This program is open to all RI high school students, and is highly recommended for seniors preparing to apply to college this winter.

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


Session 1: Design Career Exploration

Saturday, October 13

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Interested in a career in design, but not sure which area fits your interests? In this first session, we will explore the different careers in design such as industrial design, architecture, fashion, and graphic design. You will also meet professionals from a variety of design backgrounds, and learn about the requirements needed to begin your next step.

Additional Drop-In days (optional) – October 16, 23, 30

Session 2: Document Your Work

Saturday, November 3

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Have you been creating art for your portfolio, but are unsure the best way to document it? During this session, we invite you to bring your work in to document. We will teach you how to set up and use a professional camera and lighting station, edit your work in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, and build your collection of documented work.

Additional Drop-In days (optional) – November 13, 20, 27

Session 3: Build Your Own Website

Saturday, December 8

1:00 - 5:00 pm

With a collection of work to share, it is important to showcase it! In this session, we will learn how to share our work with others and create a professional website to share your work outside of the classroom.

Additional Drop-In days (optional) – December 11, 18

*PLEASE NOTE: The date for this session has been changed from Saturday, December 1 to Saturday, December 8.

*Registration and attendance to Saturday workshops is required for Drop-In days



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.