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 2020
The knots on the underside of the carpet, Lily Colman
Amor fati, Keavy Handley-Byrne
First sweet truth, Jessina Lynn Leonard
These inadvertent marks, Thomas Wilder
Make yourself at home, Han Seok You
Theses/Dissertations from 2018
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