A free portfolio development program for all Rhode Island students in grades 9-12.
EXPLORE DESIGN is a series of free Saturday workshops for high school students who are interested in design careers. Following each session are three optional after-school Drop-In Days where students can work one-on-one with design mentors. Sign up for any or all sessions online!
Session 1: Design Career Exploration
Saturday, January 26
Drop-In Days: Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12
Learn about the many different career possibilities for designers, including graphic design, product design, architectural design, fashion design, and more. Match your interests to different design fields and learn more from designers in that field.
Session 2: Network with Designers
Saturday, February 23
Drop-In Days: Feb 26, March 5, March 19
Meet with design professionals and ask questions about their pathway and their day-to-day work. Make connections with local designers and expand your design network!
Session 3: College Research
Saturday, March 23
Drop-In Days: March 26, April 2, April 9
This session covers the college design program application process including where to look, how to apply, and what to prepare, including developing a portfolio. We will also cover FAFSA and the process of applying for financial aid.
Session 4: Portfolio Development
Saturday, April 27
Drop-In Days: April 30, May 7, May 14
Learn more about how to show off your work when applying to colleges by creating a custom portfolio that gathers your art and design work in one place. We’ll also show you strategies for taking great pictures of your work and provide an opportunity to practice.
Session 5: Build your Own Website
Saturday, May 18
Drop-In Days: May 21, May 28, June 4
Bring in your past art and design work to Session 5 and practice taking professional-looking photographs to document your work for your portfolio. We will also learn to build a website to showcase your portfolio and discuss different ways of sharing your work.
*Registration and attendance to Saturday workshops is required for Drop-In days
All Saturday Sessions are held 1-5 pm.
Drop-In Days are held on Tuesdays from 3:30-5 pm.
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.