RISD GD is about
A growing list of now attributes initiated by the faculty in October 2020; phrases pulled at random. Students and faculty may email risd.gd@risd.edu to add more.
Public exhibitions

The college hosts between two and four student exhibitions per year in its public galleries. RISD GD has its own exhibition space, The GD Commons. Learn more at commons.risd.gd

2023 Grad Show
May 25 – June 3, 2023
2023 Senior Show
Feb 23 – 28, 2023
New Spaces in GD: Reading Room
Oct 7 – 8, 2022
2022 Grad Show
May 26 – June 4, 2022
2022 Senior Show
Apr. 8 – 12, 2022
2021 GD Triennial
Oct. 29 – Nov. 14, 2021
2021 Grad Show
May 27 – June 5, 2021
2021 Senior Show
March 19 – 23, 2021
2021 MFA Biennial
Jan. 20 – Feb 21, 2021
2020 Senior Show
March 13 – 17, 2020
2019 Grad Show
May 23 – June 1, 2019
2019 MFA Biennial
April 6 – 21, 2019
2019 Senior Show
March 7 – 12, 2019
2018 GD Triennial
Oct 4 – 14, 2018

RISD GD has 12 full-time faculty and 30 part-time faculty. A list of everyone is on risd.edu. Full-timers teach six courses a year, advise students and contribute to department and college culture. Our current full-time faculty are: Pouya Ahmadi, John Caserta, Lucinda Hitchcock, Bethany Johns, Anther Kiley, Minkyoung Kim, Hammett Nurosi, Anastasiia Raina, Nancy Skolos, Paul Soulellis, Ramon Tejada, Franz Werner.

MFA Program

The Graduate Program accepts about 16 students annually into a two or three-year track.

Video overview
Hear Graduate Program Director Bethany Johns give an overview of the MFA program. Recorded in the fall of 2021.
2023 Theses
See work from the 2023 cohort on the RISD Grad Show website
2022 Theses
See work from the 2022 cohort on the RISD Grad Show website
2021 Theses
See work from 2021 MFA cohort on the RISD Grad Show website
Thesis books
View and download recent graduate thesis books
General Info
FAQs and general information on risd.edu
In the classroom

RISD GD runs 110 courses a year that teach BFA and MFA candidates both material and critical thinking skills. See our Spring 2022 electives for a look at one semester of electives.

Generative Design: Tool, System, Network
Minkyoung Kim
Computational Poetics
Kathy Wu
Design & Politics
John Caserta
Web Type
Marie Otsuka
Posthuman Mobility
Research team led by Anastasiia Raina
Newly Formed
Kathleen and Christopher Sleboda
Time, Sequence & Sound
Ronald Pearl
Web Programming
John Caserta
Critical Issues
Anther Kiley
Design Studio
Our two-year core undergraduate studio
Out of the classroom

We aim to make our work visible outside the classroom. These are projects that were part of a class and pushed into wider view or happened outside the classroom. See an archive of our web projects

Code Lab
Run by faculty members Minkyoung Kim and Marie Otsuka, code lab offers tutoring, events and commuity for those interested in design and computation
feeeels magazine
Co-founded by four recent MFA alumni, feeeels is a publication that explores art, culture, politics, history, and emotions
I and Love and You
Gabriel Abascal, BFA 2020
Nice to meet you
Can Yang, BFA 2018
Reformed, Newly Formed
Work from the students in “Newly Formed,” 2017
Thirty alphabets in a broadside publication
A 3-day workshop by Mindy Seu & Jon Gacnik
Collaborative Lexicon
Students from Design Studio 2 split into groups and created mini-sites to visually express a set of key words of their choosing

The risd.gd faculty stand in solidarity with our Black and Indigenous faculty and students of color, with our POC faculty and students, and with the Black Lives Matter movement. We are unanimous in working together against racism and discrimination, toward a just and equitable future. Read our anti-racism statement

We are active on these platforms: Instagram, Vimeo, Github & Are.na

The website was designed and developed by Julian Kelly and Rohan Chaurasia in the spring of 2019. We welcome submissions of fonts, images and news from students, faculty and alumni. Contact risd.gd@risd.edu