RISD’s graduate program in Graphic Design prepares students for professional practice by emphasizing the roles of social context, media and aesthetics in the production of visible language systems. As a reflection of the discipline itself, the program encourages a nimble and intelligent response to constant change and burgeoning technology, while building a strong foundation of formal, aesthetic and analytical knowledge.
Individual thesis investigation is central to the final year of MFA study and culminates in the comprehensive presentation of work representing an original voice for visual and verbal expression of design thinking. The thesis should be equal parts exploration, explanation, provocation and contribution. Guest critics participate throughout the year and in the year-end thesis review, which offers a forum for critical dialogue focused on each student’s contribution to the field of graphic design. All MFA candidates also submit a written thesis and as a group participate in the RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, a large-scale public show held annually.
Theses/Dissertations from 2016
Hyphen nation: a reconciliation, Lynn Amhaz
Rapid response, James Chae
Continuum of significance, Diane Lee
Live edges: all possible adjacencies, Rebecca Leffell Koren
Dimensional flatland: Beamer, drone, flash drive, Scarlett Xin Meng
Traversing languagescapes, Desmond Pang
The operational interface, James Wheaton
Theses/Dissertations from 2015
Speculative politics -fictionalized spectacle, Prin Limphongpand