Graduate study at RISD offers an immersive and inspiring opportunity to delve deep into a chosen field and emerge with a fresh approach to creative practice. Each year roughly 430 full-time master’s degree candidates benefit from a close working relationship with faculty who are practicing artists, designers and scholars themselves. In addition to inspiring open dialogue and conceptually strong work, professors are committed to supporting an ambitious range of interests and approaches and to helping grad students develop deeply rewarding practices.

Grad students experiment with materials and processes in RISD’s well-equipped studios, labs and interdisciplinary spaces, challenging and inspiring each other to make their best work. The many resources and specialized facilities here—along with the synergy between the RISD and Brown communities—accommodate an ambitious range of interests and practices.

Graduate resources


At this interdisciplinary research space, students and faculty make use of advanced tools and processes to experiment, explore materials and engage in innovative collaborations.

Fleet Library at RISD

With more than 150,000 circulating books, RISD’s library offers a wide range of specialized resources in art, design, architecture and more in a beautifully redesigned historic grand banking hall.

Brown University

As neighbors on College Hill, RISD and Brown have long enjoyed a mutually beneficial and highly collaborative relationship, with students at each institution cross-registering for classes at no extra cost.

RISD Museum

Students appreciate direct access to lectures, concerts, screenings and a rich collection of more than 90,000 works of fine art, design and decorative arts from around the world at this popular regional destination.

Nature Lab

Through state-of-the-art imaging systems and unmediated access to more than 80,000 specimens, students explore design in nature and the symbiosis between artistic and scientific research.

Graduate students value the opportunities available at RISD for curating and exhibiting work, which are central aspects of the grad learning experience here. Options available range from organizing and participating in open studio events and departmental exhibitions to spearheading thematically focused shows, public art projects and other forms of sharing work with the campus and larger communities in both Providence and NYC.

Graduate galleries

Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery

Students are invited to propose and curate group shows for this vibrant gallery, which is ideally located at the entrance to the RISD Museum.

Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery

As RISD’s primary venue for exhibiting graduate student work, this inviting space downtown hosts a series of ever-changing exhibitions throughout the academic year.


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