A new MA programme that might be of interest…



Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies

Fresh thoughts about today’s greatest challenges

Students in RISD’s Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies MA program develop scholarly expertise in the rapidly evolving field of interdisciplinary environmental studies. Working closely with faculty experts in the environmental humanities and social sciences, they embark on self-directed pathways of research in focus areas such as Anthropocene studies, climate change cultures, green urbanisms and sustainable design futures.

Graduates of the program will be well positioned to make vital contributions in the realms of environmental advocacy, public policy, education, urban planning and more. They will also be poised to pursue advanced doctoral study in humanities and social science fields.

Cross-pollinating ideas

In probing the interconnections between the natural and built environments, NCSS students come to see nature and culture as inextricably bound together, and to recognize that environmental issues can best be understood through multifaceted critical lenses.

The program invites a close-knit community of students whose diverse knowledge of environmental issues opens up opportunities for inspiring collaboration. Ongoing conversations with both faculty and fellow graduate students in the new Global Arts and Culturesprogram encourage NCSS students to situate their research within multiple global and historical contexts. Valuable insight into leading-edge practices in environmental arts and sustainable design emerges through exposure to and interaction with both undergraduate and graduate students in RISD’s 16 studio-based master’s programs.

The curriculum culminates in the creation of a unique master’s thesis articulating new knowledge gained through hybrid research. In generating radical new forms of intellectual idea sharing, students demonstrate the value of advanced research across disciplines and contribute to potential solutions to complex problems.

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