Highly experimental and individualized, the graduate program in Furniture Design supports each student’s artistic development and articulation of an individual design philosophy through the conception, design and construction of furniture and related objects. The work produced ranges from one-of-a-kind objects, to designs for limited or mass production, to experimental, conceptually based projects. Aesthetic considerations in conjunction with a fluent use of materials and processes to support individual design concepts are paramount.
MFA candidates produce a final body of work and accompanying written thesis as an articulation of the graduate process, simultaneously aiding self-definition and demonstrating a personal point of view. MFA candidates are also required to mount a professional solo exhibition. Their personally selected thesis committee assists in developing a timeline for the exhibition based on assessments of each student’s proposal and progress. In addition, graduating students exhibit in the RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, a large-scale public show held annually.
Graduate Program Director: Lothar Windels
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Theses/Dissertations from 2019
American Slavic : and other writings, Zac Banik
Stepping aside, Juan Pablo Gutiérrez García
Conversations in 2019, Kit Howland
Works and process, Alex Hsu
Externalized : origins of aesthetic motivations, Tim Miller
Theses/Dissertations from 2018
A natural circus, Cecilia Plasencia
Theses/Dissertations from 2017
Transformation through drawing and gesture, McKenzie Gibson
Living rooms we don't live in anymore, Caroline Kable
Familiar strangers, Rebecca Li
Expressionism in furniture, Zihan Zhang
Theses/Dissertations from 2016
Verb things: changing the conversation, Kendra Kirchmer
Frequency, Andrew Pick
Theses/Dissertations from 2015
Objects in mind, Leah Kenttämaa-Squires