"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 2014-2017

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 from 2024

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The Importance of Art Programming for Underserved Youth, Aja Delgado

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Community Engagement in Art & Design Colleges, Mah Rukh Raja

Theses from 2023

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Ghost Hotel, George Acosta

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Kole, Isaiah Aladejobi

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spaces of wait and their weight, eman alhashemi

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moretheless, abdelghani alnahawi

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Cohabitation x Adaptation, 2100: A Climate Change Epoch, Kyle Andrews

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Reintroducing Hemp (rongony) in the Material Palette of Madagascar: A study on the potential of Hemp Clay components and its impact on social and ecological communities., Henintsoa Thierry Andrianambinina

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Princess Chives, Yuxuan An

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I, others, world - A Glass Circuit, Ariel Aravot

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A Part Apart, Spenser Atlas

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Norteada- En Busca De un Nuevo Norte. Cocoon Portals and the Negotiation of Space., Kimberly Ayala Najera

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the people's food project, Grace Barrett

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Decolonial Perspective on Fashion and Sustainability, Haisum Basharat

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Psychochoreography, Nora Bayer

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Fungi in Flux | Designing Regenerative Materials and Products with Mycelium, Arvind Bhallamudi

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Kala in my Moholla - art in my neighborhood, Priyata Bosamia

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Whale Fall·Building Fall, Jiayi Cai

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Step 10, Jinhong Cai

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Starting From Ecotone Reconnecting Fragmented Mission Hill, Xinyi Cai

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Impact of Art Educators: Artistic Practices, Political Advocacy and Pedagogy of Frida Kahlo and Faith Ringgold, Gabriela P. Cantu

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Mistranslated, Hee Young Cha

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Nature as Material, Time as Tool, Chuchu Chen

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Green + White = Pink, Dora Chen

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Physical Documentation of Censored Incidents Liberates One from the Doubts of Existence., Winnie Cheung

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Rotten and Falling, Khwanchira Chindamanee

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Means and Methods: Pedagogy and Proto-Architecture, Daniel Choconta

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Movement, Mechanization, and Coexistence, Yukyung Chung

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The Approach: A Promise of Warmth Inside, Louis Cohen

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The Border Crosser's Pocketbook: A Guide to Engaged Pedagogy in After School Arts, Britney Coppick

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Arctic Resilience: Adaptive Networks of Self-Sufficiency, Jingjing Cui

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FROM VAULT TO PLATFORM (Democratizing Museums through the Lens of the Metaverse)), Zhaoyang Cui

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Using Video Storytelling to Transform the Consumer Narrative of Fashion into One of Caretaking: A First Step Towards a Sustainable Fashion Industry, Piumi de Alwis

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Beyond the Lines, Miranda-Max de Beer

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Making Then Meaning, Ben Denzer

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Abundance within Scarcity: Food Security in the Favelas of Brazil, Menglin Ding

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MILITURE, Bingdong Duan

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The Miacomet Movement, Charles Duce

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Form Follows Feeling Follows Form, Harshal Duddalwar

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Unpacked: Consumer Culture in Suburban Spaces, Jaime Dunlap

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At the Bend in the Bright River, Andrew Eckhardt

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Intensifying the Experience of Contemporary Art, Wanjin Feng

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POSTINDUSTRIAL PLAYBOOK++, Maxwell Fertik

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Flores, Rigoberto Flores

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Making time: Gentle invitations for radical slowness, Lian Fumerton-Liu

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Home. Objects. Transitions., Fei Gao

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Disobeying, Mari Claudia Garcia

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Cities of Tomorrow Future Urban Planning Strategies, Jingyu Ge

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you're making me sentimental, Chris Geng

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Soul Furnace / فرن الأرواح, Isa Ghanayem

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Mini Makers: Designing Curriculum for Community-Based Arts Education, Hayden Goldberg

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Landscape De/Re-Construction through Art, Manuel Gonzalez

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Freedom is a Leaky System: Living Together in the Mess, Calgary Haines-Trautman

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Manifesto of Poor Images: Re-imagine Guggenheim in the Post-digital Age, Mengning He

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Superbland, Dougal Henken

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Crossover Logics, Serena Ho

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The Common Destiny of Living Creatures, Xiaodai Huang

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To Melt, Huanzhe Hu

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Describe the city you live in, Jingfei Hu

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Liquid Border, YINGFAN JIA

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Myths, Legends, and Landscapes, Oromia Jula

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Distance: A collection of studies of Human-Computer interaction to explore human emotions and relationships, Jinha Kang

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Old and New: Intervention in Space and Material, Yoonji Kang

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Means and Meaning, Chloe Kaylor

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Sanctuary, Harsha Kejriwal

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Connective Movements, Ian Keliher

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Urban Succession: an ecocentric urbanism, Anthony Kershaw

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A Room Full of Pigeons and Three Spectators, Dina Khorchid and Dina Nazmi Khorchid

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Adding Subtraction: Wasting Time in Space, Daeun Kim

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NEW CHAPTER, Gunju Kim

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A Cloud Above, Jiwon Kim

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Invisible Systems, Mina Kim

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You are cordially (un)invited: My Korean Femme Strategy and Aspiration for Survival and Queer Futures, Nahyun Kim

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Greening Seoul : A New Toolkit for Adaptive Reuse, Woojae Kim

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Curiosity Beyond the Hidden, Yi Young Kim

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Hearts and Minds, Steven Knapp

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An Architect's Toolkit for Color Theory, ella knight

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Press Play, Karan Kumar

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Metaphors in Materials and Imagery for Self Reclamation and Empowerment, Janice Lardey

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WAST3D POTENTIAL, Andrew Larsen

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Searching for New Landscapes, Halim Lee

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Moving at the Speed of Trust, Sun Ho Lee

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A.R. Futuristic Scenario in Seun, Yookyung Lee

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margins (i nvr needed acceptance from all u outsiders), Jahi Lendor

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Algorithmic Mirage: The Enigma of Black Box Algorithm, Brenda Li

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Sustainable Seismic Architecture: Exploring the Synergy of Mortise-and-Tenon Joinery and Modern Timber Construction for Reducing Embodied Carbon, Cong Li

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Food, Drink, Time, New Year and Cloth, Jian Li

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Recipes for Building Relationships, Adriana Lintz

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FLOWS OF SOUND “Harnessing Sound As Critical Urban Resources”, Zuan Lin

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Eviction to Placement: Rethinking the current supportive housing systems for hidden homeless families, Fang-Min Liou

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Temporary urbanism-spatial democracy in the temporary city, Shijie Li

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Water Relations, Understanding Our Relationship to Water: Through Research, Diagrams, and Glass, Tian Li

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MODERN NOMADISM ——A network of reciprocal moorings, Jinting Liu

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The Mobile Senior University, YOUSHURUI LI

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Access in Ambiguity, Moritz Lónyay

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Objects of Daydreaming, Aaron Lorenz

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Bridging Empathy, Qianwen Lu

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Exploring Permanent Temporariness: A Look into the Palestinian Experience through Refugee Camps, Tamara Malhas

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Entrelazados, Agustina Markez

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Explorations and Reflections: Gendered Experiences in Teaching and Learning, Francesca Matarese