Explore our programs

RISD’s immersive graduate programs offer exceptional opportunities to focus on creative practice and develop ways of thinking, seeing and problem-solving critical to facing the complexities of global life in the 21st century. Take a look at the graduate study viewbook for more about the grad experience at RISD.

Graduate programs

Architecture
MArch • 2-year program / MArch • 3-year program

A community of makers committed to designing with meaning, discipline and rigor, graduate students in Architecture constantly rethink how, what and why architects make.

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Ceramics
MFA • 2-year program

The Ceramics MFA program facilitates cross-disciplinary collaboration while emphasizing the highest level of discipline-specific education. Students are encouraged to explore a wide spectrum of applications—from fine art sculpture to studio pottery and architectural projects.

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Digital + Media
MFA • 2-year program

Defining their own areas of interest within a strong body of research, Digital + Media students explore how to communicate complexities through multiple means and mediums. They explore new forms of engagement and take creative risks toward moments of revelatory discovery.

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Furniture Design
MFA • 2-year program / MFA • 3-year program

Through immersion in material exploration and critical making, graduate students hone focused design practices and broaden their career and research perspectives within a unique artistic environment rich with possibility.

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Glass
MFA • 2-year program / Post-B • 1-year program

Through disciplined investigation of both the material and conceptual manifestations of the medium, graduate students in Glass engage with the world through continual experimentation and artistic striving.

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Global Arts and Cultures
MA • 1.5-year program

By uniting critical theories from the humanities and social sciences with studies in the visual, performative and literary arts, students in Global Arts and Cultures investigate diverse forms of making and their entanglements with systems of power and resistance.

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Graphic Design
MFA • 2-year program / MFA • 3-year program

Situating design as the primary language and method in which to make sense of and communicate experience, the Graphic Design MFA program educates the complete human being, developing interests and expertise that access the full breadth of the profession.

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Industrial Design
MID • 2-year program / MID • 2.5-year program

Graduate students in Industrial Design make fresh ideas and compelling arguments that are informed by research and evidence and then made manifest in diverse work that is tested and validated through prototyping and critique.

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Interior Architecture
MA • 1-year program / MDes • 2-year program

Graduate students in Interior Architecture focus on adaptive reuse in all its forms, from remodeling and reusing existing structures to performing transformative interventions, reusing materials and preserving cultural memory across time and space.

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Jewelry + Metalsmithing
MFA • 2-year program / Post-B • 1-year program

Both a bastion of tradition and a vanguard of innovation, the MFA program propels graduate students along personal lines of research, cultivating professional curiosity, empathy and respectful recognition of otherness.

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Landscape Architecture
MLA • 2-year program / MLA • 3-year program

The MLA program encourages students to explore the discipline in all its breadth—from intensely personal artistic expressions to highly engineered technological interventions, with projects ranging dramatically in scale.

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Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies
MA • 1.5-year program

Students in the Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies MA program develop scholarly expertise in a rapidly evolving field by embarking on self-directed research in areas such as Anthropocene studies, climate change cultures, green urbanisms and sustainable design futures.

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Painting
MFA • 2-year program

Mirroring the department’s philosophy as a whole, the graduate program in Painting is open-ended so that students can develop practices best suited to what they want to pursue in the studio and beyond.

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Photography
MFA • 2-year program

Collaboratively and individually, MFA candidates in Photography develop and refine technical and critical thinking skills while considering photography and its cross-disciplinary possibilities in the broadest sense, emerging from the program as professionals equipped to realize diverse creative goals.

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Printmaking
MFA • 2-year program

Through the exploration of printed multiples and both traditional and non-traditional techniques, students in the Printmaking MFA program discover the creative and technological boundaries of a rapidly evolving field.

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Sculpture
MFA • 2-year program

The MFA program in Sculpture creates an open and rigorous environment in which students take risks and experience new ways of working while engaging in ongoing dialogue with faculty, peers, visiting artists and the larger RISD community.

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Teaching + Learning in Art + Design
MAT • 1-year program / MA • 1-year program

Students in TLAD's MA and MAT programs acquire a strong foundation in the theoretical context of art education while enjoying meaningful opportunities for pedagogical practice in art and design.

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Textiles
MFA • 2-year program

Exceptionally motivated to undertake a rigorous program, MFA candidates in Textiles delve deep into hand-based techniques, digital design and making with advanced equipment while developing a critical language and context for their work.

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