Graduate: MFA

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RISD’s graduate program in Furniture Design is expanding. It is becoming the destination of choice for a broad creative study experience founded upon skills of critical making, design thinking and applied design in multiple fields. Students are currently working in self-determined areas ranging from the design of furniture to product, spatial, lighting and exhibit design, to curatorial work, public art, science, consulting, construction and more. The department embraces work broadly related to objects and structures that directly connect with human-scale experience in all areas of life.

We welcome applications from adventurous and independent creative individuals interested in joining our Furniture Design community at RISD and working in our facilities with highly skilled and widely experienced faculty and staff. A three-year program is available for applicants without prior studio/making skills. Those in the two-year MFA program work together in an integrated course of study.

For more information contact:

Christopher Rose (
Graduate Program Director

Marilyn Grear (
Department Coordinator

About the Department

Created in 1995, RISD’s Department of Furniture Design offers both undergraduate and graduate students the most comprehensive furniture design curricula in the United States. Faculty in the department emphasize conceptual development through the creation of designed and built objects, encouraging students to investigate emerging challenges that technologies, materials, economic conditions and changes in societal patterns present to this generation of designers and makers. Extensive specialized equipment and facilities at a college known for excellence in fine arts, design and liberal arts provide a strong foundation for a diverse education. The department also serves as a center for studio-based research and a resource to promote dialogue within the field at large. 

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