Based in disciplinary immersion and creative exploration, graduate study at RISD brings together students who conduct critically-informed research and develop rewarding, hands-on relationships with materials. Every facet of the experience cultivates a community of artists and designers committed to articulating strong concepts through close attention to the infinite details of creative practice.

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Graduate degrees offered

Certificates + concentrations

In addition to the above, graduate degree candidates may enhance their education through focused study in the following supplemental programs:

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Pushing Boundaries in Creative Research

In an exhibition at Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery, books by 37 recent alumni shed light on new approaches to writing a thesis.

Depth of Focus

Digital media fellow Rocio Delaloye MFA 16 DM helps the RISD Museum reach new audiences with bold creative content.

Processing the Possibilities of Contemporary Art

In a new spring graduate seminar and lecture series, students and members of the RISD community considered the complexities of making meaningful art of the moment.

Luminous Structures

In an interdisciplinary Wintersession studio, students transform architectural glass and mirrors into visually arresting sculptural work.

Charting a Course to Clean Energy

As part of a series of talks related to RISD's new liberal arts master's programs, scholar Jesse Jenkins urged students to explore all avenues in addressing global environmental challenges.

Departments

Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graphic Design History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles Theory + History of Art + Design