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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 MFA Curriculum 2013-14
Digital + Media 2 years MFA Curriculum 2013-14
Furniture Design 2-3 years MFA Curriculum 2013-14
Glass 2 years + post-baccalaureate MFA Curriculum 2013-14
Graphic Design 2-3 years 2-yr MFA Curriculum 2013-14  
3-yr MFA Curriculum 2013-14  
Jewelry + Metalsmithing 2-3 years MFA Curriculum 2013-14 
Painting 2 years MFA Curriculum 2013-14
Photography 2 years MFA Curriculum 2013-14
Printmaking 2 years MFA Curriculum 2013-14
Sculpture 2 years MFA Curriculum 2013-14
Textiles 2 years MFA Curriculum 2013-14 

Master of Arts / MA    
Interior Architecture 1+ year MA Curriculum 2013-14 
Master of Arts / MA Art + Design Education 1 year MA Curriculum 2013-14
Master of Arts in Teaching / MAT 1+ year MAT Curriculum 2013-14
Master of Architecture I / M.Arch I 3 years MArch Curriculum 2013-14
Master of Design in Interior Studies / MDes 2+ years MDes Curriculum 2013-14
Master of Industrial Design / MID 2 years MID Curriculum 2013-14
Master of Landscape Architecture I + II / MLA I + II 2-3 years 3-yr MLA-I Curriculum 2013-14
2-yr MLA-II Curriculum 2013-14
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