Asset 1
Asset 1

New Liberal Arts master's programs at RISD

Two dynamic new MA programs at Rhode Island School of Design challenge incoming students to make engaged interventions in the fields of Global Arts and Cultures and Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies. Emphasizing theoretical grounding, deep inquiry and self-directed research, these programs equip graduates to become hybrid thinkers who will bring critical perspectives to urgent issues in the humanities and social sciences.

Scholars in both of these 1.5-year liberal arts programs engage in intense, ongoing conversation and cross-disciplinary study in the context of a community of artists and designers. Working closely with one another and with mentors in multiple fields, they develop reciprocal frameworks for extending research and proposing vital new ideas.

Students also benefit from the interdisciplinary, highly collaborative nature of RISD’s approach to liberal arts along with exposure to the culture of hands-on making in its 16 art and design-based master’s programs.

Global Arts and Cultures

Develop a critical understanding of the power of the arts and the significance of cultural production in an increasingly globalized world.

Learn more

Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies

Engage deeply with complex socioecological issues at the intersection of the humanities, social sciences and art and design.

Learn more

Register for graduate open house

November 9

Our graduate open house is an opportunity to meet with faculty and current students. You will get a sense of the people, places and points of view that make up RISD's widely respected graduate programs in architecture, interior architecture and landscape architecture, as well as in several fine arts and design fields.

If your schedule allows, extend your visit into the evening and enjoy Grad Open Studios. Students across disciplines will be opening their studio doors, offering a look into the work and discourse going on within our graduate community.