Glass

Graduate

  • MFA | 2-year program

    RISD Glass promotes the development of glass in contemporary art and is a leader in preparing artists for careers in this field. MFA students develop a distinctly personal aesthetic through source research, vigorous studio experimentation, regular critiques and a series of graduate seminars on contemporary art theory and criticism. RISD’s Glass faculty - a highly respected group of practicing artists and dedicated educators - help students to hone practices that demonstrate a deep understanding of both contemporary art issues and the rich history of art and glass.

  • Post-baccalaureate | 1-year program

    The Post-Baccalaureate Program in Glass offers a unique one-year course of study with an individualized curriculum that is tailored for each student in consultation with faculty. This program accommodates a wide spectrum of students who have come to Glass from very different perspectives and levels of experience. For example, Post-Bacc students may design a curriculum tailored to complement undergraduate work in preparation for continued MFA study or structure the year for concentrated research in and of itself.

  • Inspiring Community

    RISD’s Glass faculty is a diverse and respected group of practicing artists and dedicated educators who work closely with approximately 6–8 graduate students and 20–25 undergraduates in the degree programs. Visiting artists and critics representing a rich diversity of views and art activity also come to campus to present lectures and workshops, engage in studio collaborations, participate in group or individual critiques and share in conducting the weekly department assembly. A close association with many accomplished Glass alumni – Alison Berger BFA 87, Dale Chihuly MFA 68, Josiah McElheny BFA 89, Sean Salstrom MFA 06, Tavares Strachan BFA 03, Matt Szosz MFA 07, Boyd Sugiki MFA 96 and Bohyun Yoon MFA 08 – ensures that the department remains at the forefront of contemporary art and education.

  • Learning Environment

    Studio instruction takes place in group meetings and tutorials with resident professionals and a wide range of visiting artists and critics. Each graduate student is given individual studio space and full access to an extensive custom glass facility with a half-ton continuous-melt glass furnace, a 700-lb. casting furnace, 15 computer-programmed process ovens and a well-developed cold-working facility. Field trips augment and enhance classroom and studio activities, with visits to regional sites of broad professional interest and periodic trips to the Corning Glass complex in western New York and to New York City for its galleries, museums and artists’ studios.

  • MFA Curriculum

    In addition to group discussions, tutorials and critiques, two core seminars and workshops form the heart of the graduate curriculum. Glass MFA students have the opportunity to pursue courses in areas that complement their work and ideas at both RISD and Brown University.

    MFA first year

    • Fall
    • Graduate Glass I
    • Glass Degree Program Workshop
    • Graduate Critical Issues seminar
    • Non-major elective
    • Wintersession
    • Open elective
    • Spring
    • Graduate Glass II
    • Glass Degree Program Workshop
    • Graduate seminar (elective)
     

    MFA second year

    • Fall
    • Graduate Glass III
    • Glass Degree Program Workshop
    • Graduate Critical Issues seminar
    • Non-major elective
    • Wintersession
    • Open elective
    • Spring
    • Graduate Degree Project
    • Glass Degree Program Workshop
    • Graduate seminar (elective)
     

  • MFA Thesis Project

    In the final semester, degree candidates create a comprehensive body of work under the guidance of a thesis committee. All Glass MFA candidates produce a written thesis and mount an independent exhibition off campus in addition to participating in the RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, a large-scale public show held in the Rhode Island Convention Center.

  • Post-baccalaureate | technical concentration

    • Fall
    • Glass Studio
    • Beginning glassworking
    • Glass coldworking
    • Glass Degree Program Workshop
    • Wintersession
    • Open elective
    • Spring
    • Glass Studio
    • Intermediate glassworking
    • Glass casting
    • Glass Degree Program Workshop
    • History of Glass
     

  • Post-baccalaureate | conceptual concentration

    • Fall
    • Glass studio (II, III, or Graduate)
    • Glass Degree Program Workshop
    • Critical Issues Seminar
    • Contemporary Art History
    • Wintersession
    • Open elective
    • Spring
    • Glass studio (II, III or Graduate)
    • Glass Degree Program Workshop
    • Graduate seminar (elective)
    • Contemporary Art History
     

  • Application Requirements

    1. application form + fee
    2. academic transcripts
    3. 3 letters of recommendation
    4. portfolio of work 
    5. statement of purpose
    6. TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers)
      • The faculty selection committee in Glass looks for evidence of the ability and preparedness to undertake graduate-level work. Portfolios should be professionally and concisely presented using only the highest quality representation of work that best represents your abilities, along with the breadth of your design and creative thinking.
      • For more information or to begin the application process, visit the Apply page.