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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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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The creative process : gathering for meaning, Charity Appell McNabb

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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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Double takes : secular magic & empathic vision, Lake Buckley

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Balance speaker : efficient work and break, Jin Cao

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

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

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

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

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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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Transformation through drawing and gesture, McKenzie Gibson

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Body (less) fitness, Dan Gioia

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

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Inhabit the storm : emergency evacuation route, Anastasiia Isakova

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Light installations for LE, Yiqi Jiang

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

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

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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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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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Space as a practiced place, Elizabeth Leeper

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

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Familiar strangers, Rebecca Li

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Frame-work, Drew Litowitz

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

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In the marketplace, Anina Major

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

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Intrigues and priorities : critical thinking and contemporary art in visual arts education, Connor Phillips

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Look up, city skygazers, Yiyang Qian

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How to get school children access to urban farming by activating vacant land and rooftops, Yixin Ren

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Light on : the value of art & art education, Juri Rhyu

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Materializing conflict and resilience, Neta Ron

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How to become ocean?, Elaina Runge

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gRave : landscape necromancy, Jil Sanchez

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Sometimes the sh*t stays messy : critical frameworks for arts-based researchers & educators, Zoe Schein

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Scripting allographs, June Shin

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Borderscape : weaving political boundaries in the Amazon through water performance, Lucila Silva-Santisteban

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Our measured world : a poetic translation, Minryung Son

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Good times, Tim Stoelting

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The last objects, Melissa Tyson

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Grid talk : giving a voice to energy infrastructures, Kelsey Wakefield

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Culturally integrated space, Jing Wang

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Viaduct landscape, Juanru Wang

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Between thoughts : on the interconnectivity of things, Yunzhu Wang

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Identity production, Boyang Xia

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Poetic features beyond functions, Lu Xu

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Twilight revelation, Shuwen Xu

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Grid in landscape architecture, Ying Xu

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Design syncopations, Mary Yang

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The untold tale, Yan Zeng

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Wayfinding streetscapes : how to integrate a wayfinding system into the streetscape, improving public transit and pedestrian mobility, Lu Zhang

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Remnant landscapes as homo sapiens preserves : It is the dystopian utopia, the shrine for modernity, the home of everyone, Yuan Zhang

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Expressionism in furniture, Zihan Zhang

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Thrive in sea level rise, Xiang Zhao

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The emotional intelligence of machines, Lokesh Zope

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Hyphen nation: a reconciliation, Lynn Amhaz

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Once there was there wasn't, Svetlana Bailey

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Memory: tangible decay & growth, Rebecca J. Buglio

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Through magic glasses, Katie Bullock

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Rapid response, James Chae

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Li remembered, Meredith (Yue) Du

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Modus operandi, Nabil Gonzalez

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Eulogy, Luci Jockel

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Empathic exchange, Yu-Jung Kim

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Verb things: changing the conversation, Kendra Kirchmer

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Continuum of significance, Diane Lee

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Live edges: all possible adjacencies, Rebecca Leffell Koren

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Miles away, Ziqing Liang

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A place for family: support health through community, Jiaqi Li

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Hybrid spaces in the city, Zhihao Li

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Origami condition design, Yin Lu

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Between material and landscape, Martin McDermott

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We can be heroes: enriched spaces for men of color, Ann McKinnon

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Practice makes practice, Gabriel Melcher

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Dimensional flatland: Beamer, drone, flash drive, Scarlett Xin Meng

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Traversing languagescapes, Desmond Pang

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Frequency, Andrew Pick

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Expanding horizons, expanding self: an incentive to get out of the classroom and start using art to explore your community with placed-based arts investigation, Erin Poindexter

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& surface, Adam Mickey Porter

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Context clues, Brynn Trusewicz