"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 2022

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Ports of entry, Forough Abadian

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Revisionist Zinealog : a coacted countercultural device, Madaleine Ackerman

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Reengineer value, Maxwell Altman

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Space in sound, Gidiony Rocha Alves

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Anybody home? Figural studies in architectural representation, David Auerbach

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An atlas of speculating flooded futures ; water keeps rising, Victoria Barlay

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That mirror again, Kyros Barton

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Notes on institutional architecture ; towards and understanding of erasure and coversation, Liam Burke

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Revolution of STEAM Education: The Importance of Interdisciplinary Art Education (STEAM) In Elementary Education, Suyu Chen

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For a moment, I was lost ; a visual reflection on the process of grief and mortality within the home, Adam Chiang-Harris

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Remnants, Sarah Chriss

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Creative changemaking : designing is teaching, Kaitlyn Cirielli

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A thesis on the entanglement of art and design, Racquel Clarke

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What the water says as it runs, Jeanette Cosentini

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Community conservation & engagement through the architecture of public transportation, Liam Costello

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Practice makes perfect : finding inspiration in art education, Mercedes Rose Crespo

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Embedded are the embers of echoes, Sarah Jane Cribbs

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Sacred pleasures : a patronage festival of the erotic and play, David Dávila

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Notes to myself, Anna Dawson

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Fertilizer waste mistreatment facilities: investigating the barrier that keep waste in and attention out at Central Florida's phosphogypsum stacks., Harsha Devaraj

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Caregivers as worldbuilders, Caitlin Dippo

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Youkoso Tokyo : Guidebook to a new cybercity, Evelyn Ehgotz

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Home: a landscape of narratives ; spaces through story telling, Tania S. Estrada

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Capture, control, circulate : can we queer regulatory power in Graphic Design?, Adie Fein

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A digital surreal, Michael Garel-Martorana

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Moving through time, Anca Gherghiceanu

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A wavering line, Ginger Gordon

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Rising to the occasion : a resiliency strategy for Brickell, Miami, Stephanie Gottlieb

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Just enough, Amelia Greteman

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Food for an island : on the relationships between agriculture, architecture and land, Melinda Groenewegen

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Alien Encyclopedia, Zengqi Guo

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Wall, Jazzmynn Chang Hong

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Re-order the order of thing, Yingxi Sabrina Ji

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Miles and miles and miles, Shannon Rose Jones

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Openness, Qiwen Ju

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Disinheritance as critique: the paintings of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Sabo Kpade

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!, Nick Larson

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Retelling a landscape through the alchemy of recasting, Amanda Lee

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I don't quite remember it that way, Margaret Lindon

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Treeing: what remains of a pilgrim, Sichen Liu

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Abyss without vertigo, Jack Madden

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Wanderer, Yuhan Ma

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Contemporary Eco Theory in Art Education: field notes and desire paths, Margaret K. McCullough

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Connect: translating complexity through visual simplification, Ilhee Park

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The color of stress, Jiemin Park

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Care, inclusivity, and accessibility in Glass Art Education, Bridget Provan

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Other realms, Louis Rakovich

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A collision of technology and art learning, Feifei Shen

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In this form, together, Elana Shvalbe

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Generative image systems and emergent play, Travess Smalley

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Making Space : creative learners, digital spaces, and the relationships between them, Natalia Spritzer

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Artful healing: exploring creative expression and play in Children's Hospitals, Phoebe Strobino

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Slow ruptures; slow formations, Astra Thrastardottir

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The sky is falling, Alexis Tingey

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Mood follows matter, Maxwell Tyalor-Milner

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Deconstruct the center: making space for the voices in the margins, Taylor Varnado

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Un-done: The historiographical dialogue between past and present, Rachel Cobler Wollert

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Toona Sinensis 桃花心木, Li Yang

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Everything comes full circle, Lilan Yang

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Zoomorphic amalgamation: speculative devices for alternative communication, Yuta Yang

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Slow puzzle, Tzyy Yi Young

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The subconscious as politics: an inquiry of collaborative design education through radical speculation, Nina Jun Yuchi

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The importance of interdisciplinary art teaching: reflections on Chinese K-12 Art Education, Shixin Zhou

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Insecurities: tracing displacement and migration, Hammad Abid

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Building narratives: instilling old stories in new spaces, Sharanya Aggarwal

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Responsive markets: structures supporting economic activity in postcolonial Mumbai, Bilal Ismail Ahmed

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Designing for space; exploring ways of simulating nature and everyday activities in zero-g environment, Sayit Alisan

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Is it real?, Hana Al-Saadi

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Solastalgic ecotone: the critical zone in suspension, Bareeq Bahman

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Fableware from the garden of the grotesque, Matt Becker

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Open articulations, Matthew Bejtlich

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

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Whores, sluts, and bitches; the perceived limits of sexualisation and the affects on space, Chloe Jenny Bennie

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Paperwork, Romik Bose Mitra

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Psychological well-being through music listening, Majed BouGhanem

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Black exposure: a new typology, Teisha Bradley

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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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Shoes for advanced urban surfaces, Karan Buasakdi

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Imprints of home, Sara Burashed

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Posthuman ecologies, Christine Chang

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After plastic waste : plastic bottle knitting machine - design for value of recycling plastic, Du Cheng

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Loneliness / Togetherness : Interiority and connection under isolation, Huaqin Chen

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The sixth migration - rural/urban "heterotopia", Pan Chen

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Inclusive multi-sensory landscape: directing visually impaired people in a perception world, Tianqi Chen

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Urban tree community: living with tree spirits, Xueying Chen

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The story of water, Zhanyi Chen

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Space between memories: pause, Young Jae Cho

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Imaging "Interracial": performing racialized desire in "interracial" heterosexual hardcore pornography, Megan Christiansen

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When art education meets environmental issues: the interconnectedness of art and science, Eunhyung Julie Chung

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Polyrhythms, Kevin Costante

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Records of (un)learning, Gregory Deddo

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Loose threads / Hilos sueltos, Estefanía de Ros

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Becoming a precipice: the liminality of queer cruising, Chance DeVille

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Community, harana & karaoke: towards a theatrical design, Ryan Diaz

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Personal positioning system, Laura Diez de Baldeon

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In and of the body, Nicola DiFusco

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The Broken Thought Machine [broh-kuhn thawt muh-sheen], Michael Dispensa

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Dal and rice, Anushka Divecha

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Taking care, John Dixon