Building on solid technical skills and a proficient design process, MFA candidates in Textiles engage in individual research to develop a personal vision and an understanding of design as an expression of a continually evolving culture. The program focuses on the woven, knit and print design of fabrics used for apparel and interior design applications. Geared towards those who have a background in textiles, along with experience in visual studies from an undergraduate program or professional practice, it helps students to broaden and sharpen their skills, hone their artistic identity and become well versed in the technical and creative potential of their chosen medium and its context. The program also emphasizes studies in drawing and color - along with participation in graduate seminars - as a means of building analytical and critical thinking skills.
In the final semester, MFA candidates focus on creating a comprehensive body of work under the guidance of a thesis committee. All graduate students produce a written thesis and participate in the RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, a large-scale public show held annually.
Graduate Program Director: Brooks Hagan
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Theses/Dissertations from 2018
Haptic wonder : the sensation of exquisite craft, Anjuli Berstein
The evolution of ornament, Charlotte Ngaio Fairless
Summer peaches and salt-tinged fog, Carolina Jiménez
Capes make the man, Khalid Mezaina
Cosmic whatever, cement gardens, luminous shade, Winifred Vaughan
Theses/Dissertations from 2017
I was there : irreversible view, Asma Belhamar
How to become ocean?, Elaina Runge
The untold tale, Yan Zeng
Theses/Dissertations from 2016
Li remembered, Meredith (Yue) Du