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 2017

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Tendrescopic endeavors and other dynamics, Jared Akerstrom

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The past is today, Afra Al Dhaheri

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Otra vez : hierarchy as designer, Jordyn Alvidrez

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Creating access and equity in arts education : strategic partnerships for systemic change, Colleen C. Andrews

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Thesis, Robert Joseph Anspach

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The creative process : gathering for meaning, Charity Appell McNabb

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Communicatronics, Adi Azulay

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Proximity, interaction, and evolution : taking a deeper look at the systems around us, Rachel Back

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Let's get hairy : women, body hair and stigma in arts education, Chaitra Bangalore

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Fluid solid : can we converse with granite?, Patrick T. Beals

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I was there : irreversible view, Asma Belhamar

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Anchored in place : locational identity + new genre public art, Stephanie Benenson

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Na'aseh : ritual in practice, Anna Henrick Karpatkin Benjamin

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Dermis, Julia Betts

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Unfolding : architecture as dwelling in a folded space-time continuum, Feiyi Bie

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Double takes : secular magic & empathic vision, Lake Buckley

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Balance speaker : efficient work and break, Jin Cao

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openness, Yu Cao

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Talistones : a handful of help for homecoming soldiers, Atulya Changanty

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My fish hat kingdom, Mei Fung Elizabeth Chan

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Multiple and moving, Maia Chao

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Magkasama, Christina Chen

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Water for the future, Ziqing Chen

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Breathe, Iggy Choi

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Writing a city : a self-reflexive exploration between the lines, Po-Ming Chou

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Narratives of public space : a manifesto for future urban landscape in Manhattan, Jaehong Chung

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RISD Club, Madeleine Devall

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Play is everything : materials + play = learning, Adeline Diamond

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Surface, object, space, Susan Doe

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Surveillance city in a post 9/11 era, Wanting Dong

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The art of the wilderness : a field guide to integrating art + outdoor education, Rachel Dranoff

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Re-structure : an exploration of relational engagement through objects & object making, Mark Epler

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Playgrounds, Cem Eskinazi

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The flood : another note of humanity, Muyi Fan

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What makes a good teacher? : the artist's engagement in public art education, Wenjing Fan

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The void between us, Xiaofan Fan

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Every change, Ruhan Feng

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Retooling : experiments in digital apprenticeship, Ryan Ferguson

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Super natural : hybrid strategies for urban flood protection in Coney Island NY, Georges Fischer

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Researching + observing + reflecting of Chinese and American Landscape Architecture pedagogy : focusing on Department of Landscape Architecture in RISD and BFU, Change Gao

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Sculpting time in spatial narrative, Hua Gao

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Resilience on Wall Street, Rahul Ghera

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Transformation through drawing and gesture, McKenzie Gibson

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Body (less) fitness, Dan Gioia

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Humor and allegory, Christopher Goodale

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Wielding daggers : the female uncanny, Stephanie E. Hanes

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Content-aware : investigating tools, character & user behavior, Llewellyn Hensley

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Healing landscapes, Siyi He

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Imagine of space : rest(ing) rooms for high-stressed RISD students, Fang Ho

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Love view, Wudi Hong

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Connections : a new model to customizing everything, Shao-Hsuan Hou

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The body carrying its otherness, Rae Yuping Hsu

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Inhabit the storm : emergency evacuation route, Anastasiia Isakova

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Art loser, Laura Jasek

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We are what we dispose : continuation of culture through recycling at Rhode Island School of Design, Xinzhou Jiang

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Light installations for LE, Yiqi Jiang

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Motivated motivation : a consulting tool to find new platforms for business, Xiaoxio Jin

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Developing the cartooning mind : the history, theory, benefits + practice of comic books in visual arts education, Cathy G. Johnson

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Habitually, Sunha Joo

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Living rooms we don't live in anymore, Caroline Kable

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Wellness within reach : life / work balance within the RISD campus, Kyunghwa Kang

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Lamination of reality : ever-thickening and thinning space, Leekyung Kang

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When it won't fit : a book about containers, procedures, and transformations, Bo-Won Keum

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The little girl (kinda), Hanna Kim

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From Florine to flocking : observations of a painter - printmaker - embellisher, Elizabeth King

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Remediating the garment industry, Kellie Knight

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Landscape as an interactive layer, Yifan Kong

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Naturally occurring form, Margaret Kristensen

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Art-integrated pedagogy for English and Chinese language learners, Regina J. Kuo

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Alleyways as avenues, Rebecca E. Ladd

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A theatrical life : negotiating biracial identity, Timothy Lai

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I / you / they, Yolanda Lam

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In between forces, Jungyun Lee

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Space as a practiced place, Elizabeth Leeper

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Lighting : an atrium core to reconnect with the sun, Quan Lei

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The artist, the object and the meaning between : an exploration of the joys of incorporating meaningful objects into art practice and teaching pedagogy, Sarah Leis

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How long can you hold your breath?, Felicia LeRoy

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Imagery and photography : enhancers in the learning cycle, Dandi Li

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Embracing traditional Chinese culture through design, Jiaxuan Li

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Creative collisions : a RISD case study, Hannah Liongoren

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Familiar strangers, Rebecca Li

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Motion and architecture : transition between spatial fluidity and body language, Tong Li

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Frame-work, Drew Litowitz

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Building community : network within grey space, Lingfei Liu

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Thresholds : natural phenomena, urban form, equilibrium, Peiyi Liu

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P-Lax : toys for adults, to play & relax, Zhizi Liu

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Simultaneity of space, Amy Lungariello

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In the marketplace, Anina Major

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Empowerment of people of all abilities, Kasia Matlak

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Jettison all stories : experimenting with our relationship to the physical, Alyssa R. Mayo

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Transitions : designing acceptance in a world of change, Hanna McLaughlin

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Sharing : a synergy of natural forces, existing urban conditions and human characteristics, Zhen Meng

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Room in a forest, Amelia Millan Osma

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Building as reef, Anna Morataya Quan

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The farce of the frame, Dominic Musa

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I trace the fold : fluidity and flux in the terrain vague, Alicia Oas

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Deceptive fragility : characteristics and fabrication methods of extra thick weft-knitted spacer fabrics, Anastasia Onegina

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Anthro/post/cene, Sofia Ortiz

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I remembered I am happy, Emily Pan

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Traversing ambiguities : rebuilding perspectives through designed visual education, Mudita Pasari