Textiles Masters Theses


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 2017


I was there : irreversible view, Asma Belhamar


I trace the fold : fluidity and flux in the terrain vague, Alicia Oas


Deceptive fragility : characteristics and fabrication methods of extra thick weft-knitted spacer fabrics, Anastasia Onegina


How to become ocean?, Elaina Runge


The untold tale, Yan Zeng

Theses/Dissertations from 2016


Li remembered, Meredith (Yue) Du