Given the challenges and complexities we confront today in culture, science, technology and society, there has never been a greater need for astute, creative visual thinkers and makers to help shape the future. Graduate study at RISD offers an immersive, engaging and inspiring means to both delve deeper into your chosen field and expand your approach to creative practice.  learn more »

Master’s Thesis

Most degree programs here culminate in a two-part final project: an exhibition of a final body of personal work along with an accompanying written thesis.

Shared Curriculum

Graduate Studies offers dynamic elective studios and seminars designed to foster interdisciplinary discourse and discovery.

Graduate Student Stories

Follow developments in RISD studios and individual research projects through our news stories focused on grad students.

Graduate Admissions

The next application deadline – for the 2017/18 academic year – is January 10, 2017.

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Financial Aid

Graduate applicants need to apply for financial aid by February 15 of the year they wish to begin study in the fall.

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Installations such as this cascading pile of tortillas share gallery space with multimedia works in the grad show.