"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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CODEX OCCULTUS, Aya Abdallah

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ASILI, Husna Abubakar

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Unfurling Blue Carpet Memories, Sara Ahli

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Detroit Jazz Geographies: Marronage and Speculative Urban Futures, Denzel Amoah

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A Thesis, or Digressions on Sculptural Practice: In Which, Concepts & Influences Thereof are Explained, Set Forth, Catalogued, or Divulged by Way of Commentaries to a Poem, First Conceived by the Artist, Fed Through ChatG.P.T., and Re-edited by the Artist, to Which are Added, Annotated References, Impressions and Ruminations Thereof, Also Including Private Thoughts & Personal Accounts of the Artist, Jaimie An

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Folding (and Unfolding): A Site-Responsive Strategy for Reusing Construction and Demolition Waste, Jennifer Ansley

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DEFINING SELF IN THE URBAN FRONTIER, YIMENG AN

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The Future Is Over, Dotan Appelbaum

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I am becoming., Dai Asano

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Half Dawn, Catherine Ashley

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Reform Craft | Re-Form Clay, Katherine Badenhausen

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Narrative Structures, Theodore Badenhausen

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Tethered by Nourishment - Exploring Sovereignty within an Urban Food Apartheid, Benjamin Bailey

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Sircling the Cquare, Latika Balachander

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Modern Times, Will Beattie

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Graphic Desire, Michelle Belgrod

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Garment Making as a Practice of Freedom, Emily Bennison

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New Craft: Craft Practices in the Digital Era, Paulina Bereza

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Landing: body, site, material, Renata Berta

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JUGAATRONICS, Monica Bhyrappa

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Umbrella and Jellyfish, yanran bi

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Room to Grieve: The Space of Solace in Public Life, Lauren Blonde

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Never Real Historians, Emily Bluedorn

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Frontier: Land, Architecture, and Abstraction, Jacob Boatman

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Always Been This Way, Joanna Booth

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Intangible shells, Elena Bulet

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Trans-species Communication, Fueled by Efforts of Remediation, Naomi Canino

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Winter Solstice, Jingwen Cao

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Revitalizing Decay, Owen Carey

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Rhythm of Space, Brian Carrillo

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RECLAIMED BY ROOTS, Dongyang Chen

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On the Impulse to Notate, Lydia Chodosh

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Guilty Pleasure: Women's Perception of Health, Body Image, and Femininity, Irene *Yi-Han Chung

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A Living Storyscape, Vivian Combariza

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Searching for the Hyperobject: Crystals as Transscalar Vehicles, Jay Costello

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Emotional Factory, Yukun Cui

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Naturify 2300, Yarina Yiwei Dai

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Discovering The Lightness of Being, Yuemeng Dai

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The Importance of Art Programming for Underserved Youth, Aja Delgado

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The Day the Door Flew Open, Clara Delgado

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Unconditioning Air, Weijia Deng

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Rejected Manuscripts, Yangqi Deng

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Threading with Hair // Intertwined Stories, Cloris Ding

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This Is For You: A handbook for design students, Gabriel Drozdov

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Better Together, Jack Dumala

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Function Follows Material, Pablo Ejarque González

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(Matter)ial Revolution, Aleza Epstein

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Designed Impermanence, An Alchemical Inquiry, Dani Epstein

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Sweet Relief, Aaron Feltman

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Call and Response : Experiments in Storytelling, Deanne Fernandes

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Soft Procedures, Alec Figuracion

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Building the Body, Jasmine Flowers

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Beach Autonomous Zone, Carl Garvey

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Industrial Tenderness, Elbert Girón

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While We Were at Dinner, Anna Glass

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So Far So Good, Cooper Goldman

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House Calls, Gregory Goldstone

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Thickness of Place: Urban Stratigraphy and Rammed Earth Construction in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Alexandra Goodenough

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Culinary community: Collaborative Relationship Building through Improvisational Fine Dining, Victoria Goodisman

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Textile Tectonics: Shaping Space Through Soft Studies, Lela Gunderson

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Witnessing Timelessness: Revitalizing Heritage Tourism in the Ruins of Saudi Arabia, Reem Habis

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Embodied Abstractions: Identity and Representation in the Digital Era, Srikar Hari

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Repair Rolodex: Exchanges, Changes, and Patchwork Parables, Ethan Howard

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Hong Kong’s Architectural Resistance: Practice Through Research, Jingjing Huang

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Bilateral Vertical Urbanization, Yifan Huang

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Furnicreature, Yijing Huang

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Lost Stories, Yuxuan Huang

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“Modern Nomads”: Unfolding Domesticity, Yifan Hu

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Unruly and Unresolved: A Shared, Precarious Survival, Sara Inacio

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Re-touch, Yuxin Jin

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An Abundance of Caution, Gonçalo Preto Jorge

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Endless Form, Kaela Kennedy

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Ornamental Archives of The Recursive Loop, prithi khalique

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Going to the Sea, LINGYI KONG

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Growing Together: Cultivating the Social-Emotional Effects of Art Education through Trauma-Informed Pedagogy, kaitlyn lawrence

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Graphic Warmline, Soo Min Lee

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Migrating with the Salt Marsh, Yiming Lei

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Things I've Learned From Doing Cosplay: An Investigation On Incorporating “Atypical” Creative Practices Into Art Education, Yvonne Liang

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Mind Follows Matter, Fiona Libby

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Snapbot - The Enhanced Physical Play, Morong Li

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City Sonatas, Duoduo Lin

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Curb Appeal, Eric Liu

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Navigating Transience, nina liu

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Dreampool, Xia Li

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Absence Leaves a Mark: Illustrating Filipino Migrant Stories, Nina Martinez

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Atelier Interloper, Isabel Jane Marvel

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Entre Manos Y Barro: Innovando Con Tradición, Jose Mata

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Other Angles: Queer-ing Approaches to Museum Design, Gregory Mathieu

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From Here to the Ground, Courtney McCracken

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Patchwork: 76km between Juárez and El Paso, Naheyla Medina

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America, Dreaming., Sarah Meftah

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Moving Studio, Emilia Miekisz

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The Dollhouse, Kristina Miesel

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Homeward Bound: moving homes, moving home, Ella Nadeau

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technocene, Vir Joseph Naidu

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-ing: Heritage as a Verb, Eunji Park

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Move or die, jiho park

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Tennessee sure knows how to make 'em, Lorena Park

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Milpa: Cultivating Community Through Grid Remediation in México, Marianna Pasaret Molinar

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Conspicuous Repair: Drawing Attention to Brokenness in Public Landscapes, Ashley Pedersen