The first graduate program at RISD was established in 1957 with the MS in Art Education with the first MFA programs starting in 1961. We now have 16 graduate programs with 2 more being added in 2018.The core of any graduate program is concentrated and advanced study in an academic or professional field. Compared with undergraduate studies, graduate education is focused on producing original contributions to a field, based on research and advance practice. Graduate programs also provide the opportunity for more applied experience via internships, teaching or research. This is essential for RISD’s commitment to furthering the importance of art and design in the world and in producing distinguished professional and academic leaders. -Pradeep Sharma, RISD Provost

This collection presents student Masters Theses submitted and approved as graduation requirements from each of the 16 departments offering a graduate degree: Architecture, Ceramics, Digital + Media, Furniture Design, Glass, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Jewelry + Metalsmithing, Landscape Architecture, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Teaching + Learning in Art and Design, and Textiles. Postgraduate writing and research is also included.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Hyphen nation: a reconciliation, Lynn Amhaz

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Once there was there wasn't, Svetlana Bailey

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Memory: tangible decay & growth, Rebecca J. Buglio

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Through magic glasses, Katie Bullock

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Rapid response, James Chae

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Li remembered, Meredith (Yue) Du

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Modus operandi, Nabil Gonzalez

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Eulogy, Luci Jockel

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Verb things: chaning the conversation, Kendra Kirchmer

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Continuum of significance, Diane Lee

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Live edges: all possible adjacencies, Rebecca Leffell Koren

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Miles away, Ziqing Liang

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A place for family: support health through community, Jiaqi Li

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Hybrid spaces in the city, Zhihao Li

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Origami condition design, Yin Lu

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Between material and landscape, Martin McDermott

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We can be heroes: enriched spaces for men of color, Ann McKinnon

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Practice makes practice, Gabriel Melcher

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Dimensional flatland: Beamer, drone, flash drive, Scarlett Xin Meng

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Traversing languagescapes, Desmond Pang

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Frequency, Andrew Pick

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Expanding horizons, expanding self: an incentive to get out of the classroom and start using art to explore your community with placed-based arts investigation, Erin Poindexter

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& surface, Adam Mickey Porter

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Context clues, Brynn Trusewicz

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The operational interface, James Wheaton

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Curating architectural spaces : a way of architecture production, Cheng Yang

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Obsessed with obsessions: design for obsession, Vara Yang

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Interplayable surface: an exploration on augmented GUI that co-exists with physical environments, Hoon Yoon

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Above the urban surface, Xirui Zhang

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Interior mountains & distant clouds, Ping Zheng

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Equilibrium: public spectacle for social integration, Reem Al Thani

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A slight hysterical tendency, Allison Baker

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Community in a post-diest world, Kirby Benjamin

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The post office reimagined : restoring healthy living in America, Mallory Buck

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Neoplastic therapy : on violence and aesthetics, Mengyu Chen

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Untitled, Esme Choi

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The complexity of plainness, Michael Clouse

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Faith in phases, Linyi Dai

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F(r)iction, Rami Hammour

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Multiple influences: from witnessing language to performing it, Viviane Jalil

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Power shift: a catalyst for architectural transformation : rapid transit, Cincinnati, Dachamont Kaewket

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Objects in mind, Leah Kenttämaa-Squires

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Redefining liminal spaces through natural phenomena, Hanna Kim

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Mid-, Elise Kirk

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Speculative politics -fictionalized spectacle, Prin Limphongpand

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The Void, The Mystery, The Vast Array, The Infinity of Unities, The Otherworld, The Absolute, The Hidden Order, The Randomness, The Infraworld, The Nothing, The Zone of Immaterial Sensibility, The Silence, The Hollow of Space, The Ineffable, The Emptiness, The Wild, Drew Ludwig

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[Nos]otros, Lucia Monge

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The self reconfigured, Soe Yu Nwe

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Make every day count: longing, vision, & painting, Sarah R. Pater

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Handle, Wei Lah Poh

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In light of light, Chen Sun

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Mealspace : beyond the table, Lauren Tedeschi

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Rising with the water, Xi Yang

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Material | adventure, Diana Wagner

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Material Potential | Recontextualizing Material Libraries, Diana Wagner

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Forming process : design through layered visual systems and multiple collection methods : a thesis, Jen Magathan