At RISD, students and faculty enjoy access to a wealth of services and resources for furthering research and studio practice. With general oversight from the Provost's Office and substantial input from deans and department heads, graduate program directors serve as primary points of contact for graduate students.
Degree candidates also work in close consultation with RISD's exceptional faculty on studio projects and issues related to research, scholarship and pedagogy. For grad students at the thesis stage, their committee chairs are invaluable sources of support and guidance.
Current students with program-specific questions should email their graduate program director (GPD). For general inquiries about admission or enrollment, email the Admissions team at email@example.com.
Graduate program directors
Architecture: Carl Lostritto
Bayard Ewing Building firstname.lastname@example.org
Ceramics: Lesley Baker (department head)
Metcalf Building email@example.com
Digital + Media: Shona Kitchen (department head)
CIT Building/Mason Building firstname.lastname@example.org
Furniture Design: Patricia Johnson
20 Washington Place email@example.com
Glass: Rachel Berwick (department head)
Metcalf Building firstname.lastname@example.org
Global Arts and Cultures: Eric Anderson
College Building email@example.com
Graphic Design: Bethany Johns
CIT/Mason Building firstname.lastname@example.org
Industrial Design: Paolo Cardini
CIT Building/Mason Building email@example.com
Interior Architecture: Markus Berger
CIT Building/Mason Building firstname.lastname@example.org
Jewelry + Metalsmithing: Timothy Veske-McMahon
Metcalf Building email@example.com
Landscape Architecture: Suzanne Mathew
Bayard Ewing Building firstname.lastname@example.org
Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies: Jonathan Highfield
College Building email@example.com
Painting: Craig Taylor
Memorial Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
Photography: Odette England
Design Center email@example.com
Printmaking: Megan Foster
Benson Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
Sculpture: Heather Rowe
Metcalf Buidling email@example.com
Teaching + Learning in Art + Design: Paul Sproll (department head)
345 South Main Street firstname.lastname@example.org
Textiles: Anna Gitelson-Kahn
College Building email@example.com
Additional academic offices and services
Center for Arts & Language
Offering academic support and advocacy for communication in academic, professional and creative contexts, the Center for Arts & Language (A&L) fosters student development and efficacy in three areas—written, spoken and visual communication; multilingual learning; and student publications. A&L offers peer tutoring, staff advising, workshops, online and print resources, and a community where all forms of language are welcome.
College Building, Room 240 401 454-6486
Co-Works serves as an interdisciplinary fabrication lab and curricula incubator. Working with faculty and students to develop experimental courses and research, it offers a unique selection of digital and traditional making technologies and supports cross-departmental collaboration. Co-Works is committed to innovating strategies and building community for sharing ideas and resources across disciplines.
Fletcher Building, ground floor 401 709-8645
Disability Support Services
Disability Support Services (DSS) creates an accessible community at RISD that provides all students with the support needed to succeed academically The office works to accommodate students with cognitive (learning), psychological and/or physical disabilities.
DSS provides, arranges and coordinates appropriate and reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, obtains and maintains disability-related documents, determines eligibility for services and reasonable accommodations, and develops plans for implementing such accommodations.
Carr House, 2nd Floor 401 709-8460
Fleet Library at RISD
The RISD Library is a place for inquiry, inspiration and research, occupying the first and second floors of 15 West. There are collections of more than 150,000 books, exhibition catalogues and periodicals, as well as institutional archives, material samples, posters and clippings arranged by subject. The library provides access to a wide range of digital resources along with professional expertise and guidance.
15 West, 1st and 2nd Floor 401 709-5900
Information Technology Services
RISD’s career center offers a comprehensive program of one-on-one counseling, portfolio reviews, seminars and other targeted events aimed at helping undergraduates, graduate students and alumni translate their creativity into meaningful and rewarding careers.
Career counselors also offer support in entrepreneurial education and in the areas of grants, fellowships and residencies. Among its many helpful online resources, the Center manages ArtWorks, which connects employers with students and alumni for jobs, internships and other career opportunities. Reference the RISD Careers site for a full overview of online resources and available programming.
20 Washington Place, 1st floor 401 454-6614
Through online and on- and off-campus events and learning opportunities, RISD Global is a hub for discourse around global issues and the development and support of global learning. The office facilitates access to opportunities such as the European Honors Program in Rome, Wintersession travel/study courses and International Exchange options in 26 countries, as well as in the US and Canada.
20 Washington Place, 3rd Floor 401 454-6725