"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/Dissertations from 2021

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Is it real?, Hana Al-Saadi

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Sapping, smudging, staining: a feminized body, Breslin Shea Bell

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Cloak Wood, Thomas Brett

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Bootstrapped: the Cowboy Nomad from Silicon Valley, Emily Bright

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The story of water, Zhanyi Chen

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In & out of the body, Nicola DiFusco

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An invitation, Ashley Harris

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Prepositions, Alexis Hill

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Contemporary art warfare, Zongxian Huang

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Feral devices : an additive fabrication, Kat Jarvinen

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The reenactment : "object" as performance, Yue Jiang

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A hypothetical debate, Talya Kantro

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Tracking traces, Songan Kyung

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House of reincarnation, Xinyu Li

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All bodies wander, Haley MacKeil

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El suelo en duelo, Mariana Ramos Ortiz

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Phefumula Nami, Ndivhuho Rasengani

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listening to the unhearable, Ollie Rosario

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sometimes like butterflies, Edward Steffanni

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Unfold the body, Fan Su

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Knowledge from below, Meghan Surges

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The ephemeral altar & the floating grave, Hannah Suzanna

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Hybrid garment, Diya Wang

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Balancing the tangible and intangible, Shiqi Wu

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Security blanket, Danni Xu

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Futuristic communication, Haotian Yang

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The body extended, Yi Yang

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Let us for once try to not be right, Merrick Adams

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My millennial Asian fetishized American fantasy, Seyong Ahn

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Lacunae in the urban landscape, Meriem Aiouna

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Water ceremony, Adriana Alva

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Frankenstein, Ruins, & Twilight, Braden Bandel

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Temporal collisions, Lizzie Baur

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Sol, John Beck

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Vacancy never vacant, Marina Bibidakis

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Exploring multimedia storytelling as a novel tool to inspire Americans to participate in wildlife conservation, Megan Brief

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Artist-facilitator : making knowledge by making art, Aaron Broadbent

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Madrepora, Elizabeth Burmann Littin

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Change of plans: the subversive kit in the planned community, Hugo Caldwell

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Strata : lessons in latency, Mukul Chakravarthi

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Melting away - Ilha Formosa, Hao-Chun Chang

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Repairer's recipe : volume 0, Joyce Chang

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Experience the world: How the ever-present accessibility of hands-on opportunities & play enhance logistical learning, Mary E. Chavez

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Recipes, Camille Chew

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You are trapped., Will Chouinard

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Recycle bin (trashure), Eunhyung Chung

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, nevertheless,, Ji Yoon Chung

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Ocean state food stories, Charlotte Clement

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The knots on the underside of the carpet, Lily Colman

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Revisionist histories : Parallels of monuments and absence in the present, Scott Craft

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Beautiful dirt : exploring the American taboo of death through the things we leave behind, Jake Dangstorp

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Re: Ornament, Aleks Dawson

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Erik DeGiorgi, Erik DeGiorgi

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Designed body, Jingwei Deng

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Field notes on seeing: archive of color, mirrors & light, Tori Deutch

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Acute, Alex D'Haeseleer

Acoustic signatures: their study, representation, and agency in the experience of architectural spaces, Nathalie d'Hennezel

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Behind appearance : hidden dimensions in the work of Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, Ning Ding

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Mimesis : human-centered digital profiling visual identity, Yangyang Ding

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A very large array, Hilary duPont

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This land is your land: democratizing landscape architecture, Adrienne Emmerich

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In-between through : bordering bodies ; a spatial containment, Aroly Enamorado

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Oh wait, is this a loop?, Carl-Gustaf Ewerbring

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Slick and lumpy : heavy cream, Emma Fague

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Realistic utopia : utopian architecture exhibition at Arcosanti, Xiao Fang

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Counter formation, Fabian Fohrer

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Binge [Fantasy reality], Elena Foraker

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The kitchen table: relationships with the people, food and land that sustain us, Chelsey Frost

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Mobility justice and social capital in Strawberry Mansion and Kensington, Philadelphia PA, Rebecca Fruehwald

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This feels familiar, E. Winslow Funaki

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To make atmosphere, Gonzalo Galetto

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A material cooperation over time, Diana Marcela Gallo

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Urban storytelling: rebuilding the understanding of place via immersive narrative, Xue Gao

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Flowing garments: textile waste reutilization in landscape design, Fengjiao Ge

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Voran Test Lab : An exploration of teaching collaborative problem solving and critical thinking through emergent gameplay, Taber Gifford

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inVisible: a guide to understanding & designing for introverts, Ashesh Gohil

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Glurp, glurp, glurp, Zihe Gong

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Through the labyrinth, Rebeca Gonzalez Morales

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How to do things with things, Emily Guez

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Amor fati, Keavy Handley-Byrne

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Tolerance : material conversations on life & architecture, Keyan Hansen

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+ one : a new companionship, Vivien Mengjiao Han

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Unbound, Changrui He

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Contextualize, Jiaai He

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Climate resilience for a neighborhood without privilege: East Boston, Peter Niels Heller

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American MFA Vol. III Academia, Kevin Hubbard

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Generative landscapes: successional and equitable plant propagation on Rhode Island's public lands, Elizabeth Hunt

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Project fusion, Tianbao Hu

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Mountainous city, Yixuan Hu

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Community pop-up galleries : the instruction manual, Mary Iorio

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Living under surveillance, Fan Jia

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Urban memory : Beijing City wall ruins reconstruction & exhibition, Yuan Jin

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In the flesh, Courtney Sierra Johnson

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Bundles and blanks and binds and bends, Steven Kaplan-Pistiner

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Hain't, Jarrett Key

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Here and there: a continuous narrative, Hye Young Kim

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Expanded skin, Jihoo Kim

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Skew-morphic dream, Yoonsu Kim

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Occupying the public : humans, space & identity, Brittany Knowlton

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Cross your fingers, Ayumi Kodama