Graduate Studies Division

The Graduate Studies Division oversees RISD’s 16 master’s programs in the fine arts, architecture, design, and art education and works to support a dynamic, interdisciplinary culture of advanced research, scholarship and critical making.

Working with dedicated and accomplished teachers, visiting artists, designers and scholars and extremely perceptive peers, graduate students are challenged and inspired by the questions involved in creating and analyzing new work. Students are encouraged to embrace the compelling dimensions and complex pleasures of art and labor, conviction and doubt that stimulate adaptive, proactive practices.