Photography Masters Theses


Graduate students in the Photography program develop visual and critical expertise through course work, seminars, independent studio work and critiques designed to provide a deep understanding of contemporary art practices and criticism. Working in personal studios, students have access to state-of-the-art technical facilities that allow for the exploration of film-based and digital photography, digital video and multimedia production.

In the final semester, MFA candidates focus on creating a comprehensive body of work under the guidance of a thesis committee. All Photography graduate students produce a thesis book that includes a written narrative and a body of visual work. They also participate in the RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, a large-scale public show held annually.

Graduate Program Director: Brian Ulrich

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Theses/Dissertations from 2018


Between gods and animals : deconstructing heteronormative masculines pursuit to sustain power, Shawn Bush


Pretend power, Rosemary Engstrom

Theses/Dissertations from 2017


Naturally occurring form, Margaret Kristensen

Theses/Dissertations from 2016


Once there was there wasn't, Svetlana Bailey

Theses/Dissertations from 2015


Mid-, Elise Kirk


The Void, The Mystery, The Vast Array, The Infinity of Unities, The Otherworld, The Absolute, The Hidden Order, The Randomness, The Infraworld, The Nothing, The Zone of Immaterial Sensibility, The Silence, The Hollow of Space, The Ineffable, The Emptiness, The Wild, Drew Ludwig

Theses/Dissertations from 2011


Seven Seas Without, Ambereen Siddiqui