RISD's three-year Master of Architecture program offers an intense course of study in an art school context. Emphasizing the design studio, the curriculum demands ingenuity, clarity and focus, and challenges those with varying degrees of experience in architectural studio work.
Graduate students take the three-semester core studio program, which involves group and individual efforts, digital production and hands-on building of structures. Technical and professional courses are complemented by advanced electives in representation/fabrication, history/theory of architecture and technologies/ethical practice. Courses are integrated with the Bachelor of Architecture curriculum and graduate students are also offered cross-listed Landscape and Interior Architecture, Graduate Studies and Liberal Arts courses, in addition to electives in the other fine arts and design disciplines taught at RISD.