RISD's MFA program in Painting emphasizes critical and artistic growth through the evolution of a rigorous studio practice. Our department nurtures each student's potential by fostering strong visual skills, keen critical reasoning and a clear understanding of the historical, analytical and social contexts for their work.
During two years in residence at RISD, graduate students undertake a serious investigation of the broad range of possibilities and realities presented by contemporary painting. MFA candidates engage in critical dialogue with faculty, peers, visiting artists, critics and curators through participation in individual and group critiques, seminars, lectures and field trips. The program culminates in the completion of a mature body of work accompanied by a written thesis.