Printmaking Masters Theses

Integrating new artistic and technical approaches to printmaking with the great historical traditions of the medium, the MFA program encourages individual artistic growth through the exploration of printed multiples. Exposure to critical insights from faculty, visiting artists and print-world professionals leads to advanced personal work responsive to the issues defining the field. Mastery of intaglio, lithography, screenprint, relief, photo and digital methods – with special emphasis on one area – ensures confidence in the professional arena. MFA candidates in Printmaking also have the opportunity to design and teach a fully accredited course during Wintersession of their second year. In the final semester, degree candidates focus on creating a comprehensive body of work under the guidance of a thesis committee. All MFA candidates produce a written thesis book and participate in the RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, a large-scale public show held annually.

“The compression and refinement that occur while working an idea into a matrix for printing can encourage clarity and insight. In addition to exploration in the studio, our students study prints with faculty and visiting artists, learning how and why they were made and how they work in the world. Innovation and new technologies have been a constant since the development of print technology in third century China. The prints we make and the ones we research in our museum and beyond collect and transmit ideas about where we come from, who we think we are, and what our future might be.” - Andrew Raftery, Graduate Program Director

Graduate Program Director: Andrew Raftery


Theses/Dissertations from 2016


Modus operandi, Nabil Gonzalez


& surface, Adam Mickey Porter