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Degree Programs

Graduate Studies at RISD offers 22 master’s degree programs in 16 disciplines in the fine arts, architecture, design and art education. Approximately 425 graduate students set the standards for RISD’s 2,000 undergraduates, enrolling in individual programs that range in size from 6 to 109 master’s degree candidates.

Advanced Degree Programs Offered
Master of Fine Arts / MFA  
Ceramics 2 years
Digital + Media 2 years
Furniture Design 2-3 years
Glass 2 years + post-baccalaureate
Graphic Design  2-3 years
Jewelry + Metalsmithing 2-3 years
Painting 2 years
Photography 2 years
Printmaking 2 years
Sculpture 2 years
Textiles 2 years

Master of Arts / MA  
Interior Architecture 1+ year
Master of Arts / MA Art + Design Education 1 year
Master of Arts in Teaching / MAT 1+ year
Master of Architecture I / M.Arch I  3 years
Master of Design in Interior Studies / MDes 2+ years
Master of Industrial Design / MID 2 years
Master of Landscape Architecture I + II / MLA I + II  2-3 years
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A gallery visitor checks out one of the many interactive installations often found at the grad shows.