Fine Art Photography (Undergraduate)

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The Fine Art Photography major prepares students for a career in the fine arts as visual artists, educators, or freelance artists. Fine Art Photography graduates are employed in a number of professional fine-art related institutions such as museums, archives, studios, and commercial galleries. The primary goal of the major is to nurture the artist’s personal aesthetic vision through photographic expression. Studying the theoretical and practical skills needed to create thought-provoking and meaningful images will help you both develop your technical, conceptual and aesthetic abilities, and to further your goals as a contemporary image-maker.


The interdisciplinary curriculum of the major enables students to explore other related fields in the fine arts such as painting, drawing, sculpture, graphic design, video, film, animation, printmaking and printing, computer graphics and web publishing. Foundation and specialized courses including digital imaging workflow, alternative processes, new media, history and aesthetics of photography, and exhibition display, are also highly recommended for Fine Art students.


Students have the opportunity to earn credits by enrolling in independent projects or educational internships in galleries, workshops, or other art and imaging centers. Students may choose to spend a year abroad earning credits in an applicable field of their choosing. Upon graduation, students will be ready to create or pursue a career in a variety of fine art fields, commercial photography industries, or print and electronic media businesses.

 

This degree program's goals and student learning outcomes are detailed here

Top Careers

  • Freelance Photographer / Artist
  • Studio Manager
  • Publisher
  • Gallerist / Gallery Manager
  • Art Director
  • Curator
  • Archivist
  • Videographer
  • Magazine Editor

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Ceramics (Undergraduate)

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A small, quality-driven major, the Ceramics and Ceramic Sculpture major has a deep focus on intellectual development, technical skill, and practical knowledge. The ultimate goal is to create an environment where intellectual discourse and craftsmanship can thrive. The studio supports a range of fundamental topics within ceramics, such as throwing, glazing, and firing, and emphasizes personal development with individual critiques and group discussions.

The major emphasizes practical training and education in preparation for ceramics-related employment. You will learn how to operate a studio business and maintain equipment, manage galleries, teach, and interface with community projects. You will also be exposed to a wide scope of visual arts and study their cultural relevance, through weekly seminars, visiting artists, trips to museums, and attendance at the National Ceramics Conference every spring.

 

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Glass (Undergraduate)

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An intimate and creative area of study, the Glass mojor focuses on comprehensive instruction, exposing students to artistic perspectives and opinions. The curriculum fosters effective artistic expression by teaching both techniques and idea realization within the field of glass. Foundations courses will assist you in finding your voice and empower you to find a personal definition for your work. In this major you will study the fundamentals of blowing, stained glass, casting and sand carving. Idea generation, development, execution, and presentation are also explored. Self-promotion, gallery interaction, and business practices are especially emphasized, allowing you to graduate fully prepared to begin your career.

 

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Metals & Jewelry Design (Undergraduate)

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Within a rich and diverse environment, the Metalcrafts and Jewelry Design major focuses on fostering a learning environment in which you will be exposed to and learn about metalsmithing techniques and design. In this major you will have the opportunity to learn about hollowware, jewelry, sculpture and furniture within the metals environment. Distinguished faculty will assist you in building skills for life after graduation, such as soldering, fabrication, stone setting, silversmithing, forging and casting. You will also develop drawing and rendering skills in order to enhance your design ideas and artistic methods. During your final year in the major, you will culminate your studies by presenting your work in a senior exhibition. As a graduate of this major, you will have developed a strong body of work, a portfolio, and a resume, which will assist you in a successful transition towards achieving your goals and objectives.

 

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Furniture Design (Undergraduate)

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The Furniture Design major at the School for American Crafts will engage you in the pursuit of your creative interests while providing a compressive technical background in contemporary woodworking. This major focuses on technical expertise, freeing you to investigate your full range of creative expression and professional interests. Our carefully-sequenced training begins with a firm foundation in the use and maintenance of hand tools, proceeding on to more advanced tools and topics in construction and design.

In addition to the intensive Wood Studio, you will gain experience in drawing, fundamental design issues, concept development, art history and business practices. The major also emphasizes self-promotion, professionalism, portfolio development, gallery interactions, and studio operations. During your senior year, you will culminate your work in an exhibition at an off-campus gallery. Upon graduation, you will feel confident in transitioning from student to active craftsman in this fine art field.

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Illustration (Undergraduate)

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The Illustration major will prepare you for the communication arts industry by helping you to develop traditional drawing skills, teaching you the latest digital imaging technologies, and giving you practice in sculpted dimensional methods. You will develop your individual style and learn conceptual skills to produce effective illustrations for advertising, book publishing, editorial art, and many other applications. Many of our studios have computers integrated into their workspaces, with large computer labs always available. The Illustration faculty provides exceptional professional preparation and exciting learning opportunities, and shares with students its involvement in research and scholarship. Recent graduates of the major have found employment as illustrators in a wide variety of industries including book and magazine publishing, retail and product manufacturing, graphic design and advertising, digital and stop-motion animation studio work, and museum illustration.

 

This degree program's goals and student learning outcomes are detailed here

Top Careers

  • Newspaper Illustrator
  • Book Illustrator
  • Magazine Illustrator
  • Advertising Illustrator
  • Freelance Illustrator
  • Art/Creative Director
  • Illustration/Art Editor
  • Graphic/Illustrative Designer
  • Comic Book Artist
  • Graphic Novel Artist
  • Animation Stills Artist
  • Movie Visual Development Artist
  • Set/Background Artist
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Character Designer
  • Web Illustration Artist
  • Gaming Attributes Illustrator
  • 3D Modeler/Texture Artist
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Diorama/Display Artist
  • Caricature Artist
  • Portrait Artist
  • Mural Artist
  • Window Dresser/Artist
  • Illustration/Art Educator

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Medical Illustration (Undergraduate)

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By combining drawing and science, the Medical Illustration major will teach you to translate anatomical and surgical sketches into instructional illustrations to visually support the allied health and medical educational fields. The major spans the full range of artistic media to produce a wide variety of images. Through our collaboration with area hospitals, you will be able to obtain first-hand experience in real-life medical situations, in addition to your on-campus access to a state-of-the-art human anatomy laboratory. Computers and other digital technology are integrated into the studio environment to facilitate the creation of sophisticated images along with well-designed, interactive educational media displays. This major is one of a very few undergraduate medical illustration majors offered in the country that prepare you to join the medical team as an allied health professional.

 

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Graphic Design (Undergraduate)

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Graphic designers create to communicate

We are visual problem-solvers who use a wide variety of concepts and media to inform, direct, promote, entertain, engage, and educate specific audiences. Our BFA graphic design program prepares students to integrate design principles, methods, concepts, images, words, and ideas to creatively convey visual messages meant to produce specific responses from diverse audiences. 
 
At RIT, graphic design students are exposed to a full range of topics including information design, web and interaction design, branding and identity design, design systems, exhibit and wayfinding design, user experience design, and professional practices. Students gain the knowledge and skills to create innovative and effective design solutions for a wide range of media and audiences, with a balance of history, theory, conceptual exploration, applied problems, human interaction, and integration of technology. Access to our world-renowned Vignelli Center for Design Studies and Cary Graphic Design Archive and Cary Library enables students to further enhance learning and inquiry.
 
Students are exposed to alumni and guest speakers, and many opportunities for internships, co-ops, and freelance experiences. Additionally, interdisciplinary and collaborative projects within RIT and with outside organizations result in innovative and meaningful hands-on projects that encourage students to explore the social, ethical, and environmental impact of design. The graphic design program leads graduates to exciting positions in the profession within design firms, advertising agencies, corporations, and technology companies around the world.
 
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Industrial Design (Undergraduate)

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As a student in the Industrial Design major, you will be exposed to the theory, process, and practice of designing products and systems to influence the ways that we interact with people, places and things. You will closely examine graphic visualization, technical drawing, model making and prototype development, allowing you to obtain the skills needed to conceptualize, design, and develop new and improved products. You will study the complex relationships that exist between culture and commerce, as well as ways to enhance our worldview and improve our lives. Your aesthetic sensitivity, technical competence, and analytical thought will be developed and applied to meet the challenge of designing products for human needs. The course of studies in this major includes product, exhibit, and furniture design.

As an industrial design student, you will have exceptional resources available to you, such as advanced computer labs for 3D modeling and rapid prototyping, the Material Connexion Online Library, the Inventables Material Library, and the Vignelli Center for Design Studies. You will also have the opportunity to obtain high-profile internships at noted design firms. When you graduate from this exciting major, you'll be prepared to work within the industrial design industry to create meaningful and well-designed products.

 

This degree program's goals and student learning outcomes are detailed here

Top Careers

  • Industrial Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Package Designer
  • Apparel Designer
  • Toy Designer
  • Interaction Designer
  • Materials Specialist
  • Ergonomics Specialist
  • User Interface Designer
  • User Experience Designer

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Interior Design (Undergraduate)

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Program Vision

RIT’s undergraduate Interior Design B.F.A. degree is a multi-faceted program of study offering a comprehensive exploration of the architectural nterior. Our curriculum synthesizes the theoretical constructs of design history with the technical requirements of space planning, building structure, sustainable systems, and design process to create inspiring, purposeful interior environments.


The program, accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)[mg1] , features dedicated studio and lecture spaces, a physical and digital materials library and direct access to workshops, state of the art computer and 3D printing labs. The world-renowned Vignelli Center for Design Studies archives serves as an invaluable resource for understanding the process and product of design by the world’s most acclaimed designers.

 

Our experienced, professionally certified faculty impart technical design skills in a studio culture that promotes one on one discussions, teamwork and collaboration. We mentor students with a consciousness for global affairs and today’s design challenges so that they may contribute to the profession with a deep-rooted understanding of society, culture and environment. Our International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Campus Center facilitates networking with national and international industry professionals. By maximizing an array of academic and professional opportunities, our graduates are reshaping how we live in the world.  

 

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3D Digital Design (Undergraduate)

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3D Digital Design (3DDD) prepares students to design using three-dimensional computer graphics for game art and design, virtual worlds, augmented reality, medical and scientific simulations, data visualizations, motion and broadcast graphics, architectural and engineering modeling, instructional multimedia, projections, museum exhibits, and more. The curriculum integrates traditional art and design skills, the utilization of commercial 3D software, and design principles related to time, motion, and lighting. Students also study research methods and a range of problem-solving principles, and develop critical thinking and creative capacities. Most important, as a graduate of the 3DDD major, you will have the ability to adapt to the constantly-changing needs in order to create 3D models, renders, and simulations for a wide variety of industries.

 

This degree program's goals and student learning outcomes are detailed here

New Media Design (Undergraduate)

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Course List

Today’s media-rich digital environment has created exciting career opportunities in visual design, entertainment, gaming, digital products, education, and technology industries. New media design is at the intersection of visual communication, design strategy, technology sciences, and user experience design. With emerging technologies and new digital devices from wearable to large projected surfaces stretching the forms of communication and interactivity, new media designers are poised to become the innovative thinkers, designers, and creators of the next generation of digital media. To assist students in creating the trend setting  interactive solutions the New Media Design Workshop offers unique hands-on experience with wearable, mobile, large format touchscreens, tangible computing and 3D printing.

RIT’s New Media Design program is an exciting interdisciplinary major for those fascinated by visual design, interactivity, motion, and technology. Students will learn to adapt to the changing demands of the new media marketplace through courses, projects, and explorations that challenge traditional methods of communication and employ new approaches to engage audiences across all forms of digital displays. A balance of visual design foundations, information design, interactive design, 3D modeling, motion graphics, usability research, and programming create the skilled background needed to create cutting edge interactive solutions across multiple devices and environments. Collaborations with students from RIT’s New Media Interactive Development program as well with other majors and corporate clients outside the university will provide teamwork experience and leverage the designer-programmer-client relationship. The BFA in New Media Design will position students for a career in visual, interactive, and user experience design for the digital advertising, marketing, mobile, web, application, and corporate design fields.

This degree program's goals and student learning outcomes are detailed here.

Top Careers

  • Jr. Visual Designer
  • Sr. Visual Designer
  • User Experience Designer
  • Interaction Designer
  • Interactive Designer
  • Creative Director
  • 3D Designer
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Production Artist
  • Mobile Designer
  • Application Developer
  • Interactive Developer
  • Front-End Developer
  • Back-End Developer
  • Web Developer

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Animation (Undergraduate)

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The 2D animation option begins with character design and progresses through dynamics and sequences. Hand drawing on paper or acetate, using a traditional layering technique, or creating elements originally in 2D software applications are the common options. Then shooting on a crane, bulk scanning the drawings into a computer or animating directly in a software application are the usual production techniques.

The 3D option teaches students all aspects of computer animation. Modeling in Polygons, NURBs and Subdivision surfaces is taught with an emphasis placed on the need to strike a balance between heavy detail and economy of animation. Other areas covered include, character rigging, set construction, dynamics, character animation, particles, and compositing.

The stop motion option takes student through all aspects involved in creating stop motion films. Students are taught animating technique, wire armature construction and set construction.

 

This degree program's goals and student learning outcomes are detailed here

Top Careers

  • Character Animator
  • Effects Animator
  • 3D Modeling and Character Design
  • Art Director
  • Camera TD
  • Previs Supervisor
  • Experimental Film Artist
  • CG Lighting TD
  • CG Painter
  • Character Modeler
  • Construction Artist
  • Creative Director
  • Creature Modeler
  • Digital Paint Artist
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Layout Artist
  • Lead Compositing TD
  • Match Move Supervisor
  • Post Production Supervisor
  • President and CEO
  • Producer
  • Rigging Artists
  • Rotoscope Artist
  • Rough Inbetweener
  • Senior Modeler (3D)
  • Story Artist
  • Texture Artist
  • VFX Compositor
  • Visual Development Artist
  • Writer

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Film Production (Undergraduate)

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As a film production student, you will gain the knowledge necessary to produce innovative and creative cinema. With insightful faculty (including Writers Guild of America and Directors Guild of America members) teaching in state-of-the-art facilities, you will have an unparalleled educational experience. Faculty are best at teaching what they know and, unlike many schools, ours have the artistic, technical, and creative experience in the academic, regional, and entertainment industry worlds necessary to prepare you for whatever career path you may take. You will have the opportunity to create narrative, documentary, experimental, and commercial films. And you will be able to explore specialized tracks in directing, writing, producing, cinematography, editing, sound design, production design, and visual effects for a truly individualistic understanding of the moving image. By graduating with a BFA from film production you will have experienced a program unlike any other.

 

This degree program's goals and student learning outcomes are detailed here

Top Careers

  • Director (Narrative/Commercial/Music Video)
  • Documentary Filmmaker
  • Experimental Artist
  • Writer
  • Producer
  • Director of Photography
  • Production Designer
  • Editor
  • Supervising Sound Editor
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Executive
  • Agent
  • Actor
  • Production Manager
  • Assistant Director
  • Camera Operator
  • Chief Lighting Technician
  • Key Grip
  • Prop Master
  • Production Sound Mixer
  • Post Production Supervisor
  • Rerecording Mixer
  • Colorist
  • Creative Director
  • And more!

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Motion Picture Science (Undergraduate)

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The RIT motion picture science major is one of the first of its kind in the nation, providing a science and engineering education in the fundamental imaging technologies used for the motion picture industry. Upon graduation, motion picture science students will be trained to work across a wide spectrum of the motion picture industry, from research engineering roles at technology providers like Sony, Technicolor, Dolby and others to technical post-production positions such as digital color correction, sound design, visual effects and more. Currently, over 95% of motion picture science graduates from RIT work in the film or imaging science industries.  There are also extensive opportunities for internship and co-op while students are still in school. Students have already participated in a wide range of internships at organizations such as Technicolor, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and numerous post-production companies across the country.

By joining a core curriculum in practical filmmaking from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences and image science from the College of Science, this major trains students in the art and science of feature film, television, and animation production. Topics include imaging physics, motion picture engineering, film and digital image capture, film scanning, digital image manipulation, color science, visual effects, and digital and traditional projection. Further, new facilities at RIT provide students hands-on experience with the same equipment being used in major motion picture production today.

The motion picture science BS degree offered by RIT is fairly unique in the undergraduate landscape. It is best described as an engineering degree with an emphasis on filmmaking. Students will spend 2/3 of their time in math, science and technology courses alongside other engineering and science majors on campus. Specifically, motion picture science students benefit from direct access to the RIT Center for Imaging Science, a world-class research and teaching organization focused on imaging physics, imaging systems and astrophysics. For the other 1/3 of the undergraduate experience, motion picture science students take filmmaking classes right alongside BFA students in film and animation. This gives them a chance to practice the art of filmmaking while gaining appreciation for the industry they are training for. It also provides an experience no other engineering major will get.

For students interested in the rigor of a technical degree, but still wanting more opportunity to develop skills in filmmaking, cinematography, sound design, color correction, drawing, 3D animation, and other film crafts, there are at least five spots in the four-year motion picture science course sequence for elective classes above and beyond the already required BFA classes in introductory filmmaking. Many students take advantage of these openings to gain additional experience in the practical application of their creative skills, complementing the technical curriculum.

 

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Advertising Photography (Undergraduate)

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The Advertising Photography major prepares you for a rewarding career in the field of visual communications. You will learn to create photographs and moving media for many commercial applications, including magazine/editorial photography, advertising, social media, and other markets.

The major provides flexibility and specialization within the course curriculum. Advanced courses allow you to pursue a specific direction in your work, such as still life, portraiture, architecture, motion, or fashion. The flexibility of the major also enables you to take elective courses across the college, such as graphic design, print media, or fine art, in order to enrich your personal expression. You will study the inner workings of the photographic and imaging industries in both required and elective courses, orienting you to the nature of working for a magazine, ad agency, photo studio, or your own freelance business.

The faculty consists of both full-time and part-time professors — all of whom have extensive hands-on experience as professional photographers. You will work collaboratively with them to conceive and execute  images and moving media that have the potential to be used in the commercial photo industry. As an advertising photography student you will build a strong professional portfolio, and you can expect a fast-paced and exciting career in this ever-prominent industry.

 

This degree program's goals and student learning outcomes are detailed here

Top Careers

  • Advertising Photographer
  • Editorial Photographer
  • Art Director
  • Photo Editor
  • Image Retoucher
  • Studio Manager
  • Studio Photographer
  • Still Life Photographer
  • Food Photographer
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Art Buyer
  • Sports Photographer
  • Artists' Agent

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Biomedical Photographic Communications (Undergraduate)

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 Students working on the Photographic Sciences degree share a common first two years before specializing. First year of courses for the BS student includes sequential semesters of Photography I and II. This course sequence provides the essentials of professional photographic practice with an emphasis on technology and optimizing its application for precise control of photographic outcomes. Students are also introduced to the specializations offered by the Photographic Sciences in preparation for an upcoming required co-op. As a companion to those classes, students also take Photo Technology I and II, a course that differentiates an RIT education from any other. In this course, students explore the technology and science resident in the still and moving image equipment, including image formation, capture, processing, printing, and display. Additional coursework taken in the first year that spans into the second year are foundational science and math courses. During the first two years, students complete 30 credits of RIT general education.

In the second year, students take a yearlong course entitled Applications of Scientific Photography as well as Advanced Photographic Technology, Careers & Professional Practices, Fundamentals of Desktop Publishing, and Vision, Perception, & Imaging.Building on experiences gained from a strong technical foundational curriculum required for all Bachelor of Science students, the Imaging and Photographic Technology option provides a unique, applied curriculum designed to prepare you for a wide variety of imaging careers in technical, industrial, corporate, governmental or scientific organizations.

Building on experiences gained from a strong technical foundations curriculum required for all Bachelor of Science students, the Biomedical Photographic Communications option provides a unique educational opportunity that blends hands-on still and moving picture assignments applied to scientific communication problems. Taking advantage of broad-based foundation courses in the sciences and general education, third and fourth year imaging courses will look beyond what the naked eye can see. The use of cutting-edge photographic and imaging technologies will lead to the production of precise photographs required for communication needs required in the medical and life sciences industries. In addition to photographing the unseen, you will develop professional practices in this highly specialized field of photography by working with innovative faculty to create fantastic one-of-kind imagery. You will learn what constitutes proper composition when pictures are defined as data or how to use light that reveals the barely visible. There will be additional immersive experiences in both light and electron microscopy, retinal photography, and the development of higher level skills required for the proper display of the science image used in print materials and online venues.            

This major is the only one of its kind in the United States. Its immersive and flexible curriculum prepares you for a wide variety of photographic and imaging careers. These careers include working in life science-related establishments such as pharmaceutical companies, health care or medical research centers, major medical centers, or medical imaging companies. Ophthalmology and forensic laboratories as well as governmental agencies also employ numerous recent graduates. You will be required to spend fifteen weeks in a professional cooperative education job related to your field of interest within an approved settings. Upon graduation, some areas of unique expertise would include the operation of close-up and high magnification photographic equipment, studio lighting applied to laboratory subjects, medical ethics, ophthalmic diagnostic imaging, desktop and web publishing, and photographing human and plant biology.

Top Careers

  • Ophthalmic Photographer
  • Forensic Photographer
  • Surgical Photographer
  • Photomicrographer
  • Medical Photographer

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Photojournalism (Undergraduate)

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The Photojournalism major will inspire you to document the emotions, drama, suspense, and exhilaration of real-life events and people, for diverse media outlets, including print (newspaper, magazines, and books) and electronic (television and web-based) media. As storytellers, photojournalists create images, both still and moving, that document the history of our culture, evoking both the momentous and the everyday circumstances of contemporary life and society.

The success of the Photojournalism major is due to its extensive curriculum, comprised of photojournalism core courses and special-topic electives. You may take courses in multimedia that include sound, video-gathering and editing. This combination of courses, both required and elective, will offer you unique opportunities to develop a lifelong career in photojournalism. To date, RIT photojournalism alumni include 10 Pulitzer Prize-winning image-makers.

As a photojournalism student, you may participate in professional organizations such as the student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). In addition to attending regional and national conferences sponsored by NPPA, you may also contribute to the creation of special publications centered on community activity and awareness, and provide staff support to RIT's student-run magazine, The Reporter.

 

This degree program's goals and student learning outcomes are detailed here

Top Careers

  • Photojournalist
  • Multimedia Journalist
  • Picture Editor
  • Multimedia Editor
  • Multimedia Producer
  • Director of Photography
  • Picture Researcher
  • Visual Archivist

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Imaging & Photographic Technology (Undergraduate)

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Students working on the Photographic Sciences degree share a common first two years before specializing. First year of courses for the BS student includes sequential semesters of Photography I and II. This course sequence provides the essentials of professional photographic practice with an emphasis on technology and optimizing its application for precise control of photographic outcomes. Students are also introduced to the specializations offered by the Photographic Sciences in preparation for an upcoming required co-op. As a companion to those classes, students also take Photo Technology I and II, a course that differentiates an RIT education from any other. In this course, students explore the technology and science resident in the still and moving image equipment, including image formation, capture, processing, printing, and display. Additional coursework taken in the first year that spans into the second year are foundational science and math courses. During the first two years, students complete 30 credits of RIT general education.

In the second year, students take a yearlong course entitled Applications of Scientific Photography as well as Advanced Photographic Technology, Careers & Professional Practices, Fundamentals of Desktop Publishing, and Vision, Perception, & Imaging.Building on experiences gained from a strong technical foundational curriculum required for all Bachelor of Science students, the Imaging and Photographic Technology option provides a unique, applied curriculum designed to prepare you for a wide variety of imaging careers in technical, industrial, corporate, governmental or scientific organizations.

The strength of the student experience can be directly tied to the interdisciplinary curriculum, blending a strong technical foundation in contemporary professional photography with comprehensive courses in technology, programming, physics and engineering applications. Numerous third and fourth year courses allow the exploration of additional physics, e-sensitometry, color measurement or management, imaging systems and applied optics. As an Imaging and Photographic Technology graduate, you will be professionally prepared to enter the ever-evolving world of imaging applications and technology as an imaging applications engineer. One might characterize alums as “super-users” of technology but not necessarily photographers.

As an extension to the content-rich curriculum, you will have access to specialized facilities housing computer-controlled cameras, lasers, electron microscopes, high-speed cameras, stroboscopes, and sophisticated image recording cameras enabling you to more broadly gain meaningful experiences in this exciting field.

You will be required to spend fifteen weeks in a professional cooperative education job related to your field of interest within an approved setting. As a graduate, your career possibilities could include governmental agencies such as NASA, the FBI, the CIA, and the U.S. Treasury; corporations such as Google, Konica, Calumet, Hewlett Packard (HP), and Epson; and industrial powerhouses, including DuPont and General Electric have been recent employers. A number of students go onto graduate studies in optics and Imaging Science

Top Careers

  • Forensics Specialist
  • Imaging Professional
  • Technology Specialist
  • Photo and Imaging Company Representative
  • Imaging Software Professional

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Visual Media (Undergraduate)

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Photography   •   Design  •   Business

Visual media allows students to integrate photography, media design, and business. This option prepares students for a wide range of career possibilities available to photographically skilled professionals who are also skilled media designers with an understanding of how organizations are using visual media to accomplish strategic goals.

The visual media curriculum begins with photographic proficiency and adds two specialized focuses on media design and business (management and/or marketing). Students also take college-wide electives to broaden their range of creative skills.

This option is ideal for students who wish to gain wide experience that will give them maximum flexibility as professionals. Students are strongly encouraged to spend time in internships to strengthen their education and to gain hands-on experience. Upon graduation, students are diversely skilled visual media professionals who are ready to enter an exciting career in photography, media design, business management, marketing (including art directing and project management), or advertising. 

This degree program's goals and student learning outcomes are detailed here

Top Careers

  • Graphic Designer
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Web, App and Print Designer
  • Art Director
  • Project Manager
  • Photo or Graphics Editor
  • Business Owner & Entrepreneur
  • Business Strategist
  • Photographer
  • Branding Specialist

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Media Arts and Technology (Undergraduate)

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Media Arts and Technology is a unique major that reflects the convergence of technologies that allow content to be created, formatted, stored, and then shared via computer-based publications, printed material, online services, and various forms of interactive media. This approach enables our students to build skills not only in traditional publishing but also in database management, new media production, networking, and mobile communications. The major is designed to provide you with the ability to use various content types across multiple output medias.

The course of study also allows you to explore other educational areas on campus, such as the School of Design, the Department of Information Technology, and the Vignelli Center for Design Studies. Immersions within the major include Advertising and Media Strategy, Contemporary Publishing, Content Management, Digital Imaging and Premedia, Print Production, Print Quality, and 3D Computer Graphics.

As part of the curriculum, you will spend two fifteen-week sessions in a paid cooperative education experience with a related business, learning the ropes of the printing and publishing industries. These real-life experiences within the industry will assist you in your ultimate job search. Upon graduation, our students can work with photographers, graphic designers, advertisers, and publishers to create cross-media communications that inform, entertain and persuade others. Graduates have found positions in advertising production, digital imaging, print production, and web design and development.

Top Careers

  • Marketing Specialist
  • Visual Designer
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Pre-Media Specialist
  • Content Manager
  • Advertising Design
  • Database Manager
  • Social Media Marketer
  • Print Media Marketer
  • Type Designer
  • Color Specialist
  • Web Developer
  • Brand Management Specialist
  • Print Buyer
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Quality Control Manager

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Media Arts and Technology (Minor) (Other)

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Students in the Media Arts & Technology minor can select from nearly every course offered in the Media Arts & Technology major, enabling students to both explore and to create a highly customized course of study. The interdisciplinary nature of the Media Arts & Technology program provides an ideal platform for students seeking careers opportunities in fields related to their majors.

The flexibility and real-world focus of this minor provides major-level impact for students.  This minor attracts students from a diverse range of related disciplines including photography, design, new media marketing, business, packaging science, computer science, communications, engineering, journalism, museum studies, interactive media, and more.

 

Michael Riordan, Minor Adviser

michael.riordan@rit.edu, (585) 475-4753

Top Careers

  • Desktop Publisher
  • Visual Designer
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Pre-Media Specialist
  • Content Manager
  • Advertising Design
  • Database Manager
  • Social Media Marketer
  • Print Media Marketer
  • Type Designer
  • Color Specialist
  • Web Developer
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Brand Management Specialist
  • Print Buyer
  • Quality Control Manager

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Fine Arts Studio (Graduate)

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The Master of Fine Arts Studio is a two- to three-year major offering an intensive study in contemporary art through painting, non-toxic printmaking, sculpture, new forms, and illustration. You may combine courses from these areas to gain a more personalized studio experience. Your experience will culminate in a cohesive body of work, driven by a thesis proposal, and resulting in a thesis paper and exhibition in the college’s premier Bevier Gallery. The faculty is committed to providing individual direction through critical dialogue and reflection. Students have access to well-equipped studios, including individual, private studio space.

The Fine Arts Studio Painting immersion allows you to explore conceptual and traditional approaches to image content and media-based techniques.

The Fine Arts Studio Non-Toxic Printmaking immersion encompasses advanced intaglio, relief, and Image On® non-toxic printmaking techniques. In this immersion, you will gain a complete understanding of printmaking work methodologies and experimental procedures.

The Fine Arts Studio Sculpture immersion offers both additive and subtractive approaches to sculpture, using a wide variety of materials to generate work. Facilities for assemblage, casting, welding, and woodworking are available for exploring, experimenting, and creating your work.

The Fine Arts Studio New Forms immersion focuses on research strategies involving non-traditional art media and materials for creating concept-based works of art. Unlimited possibilities exist in this immersion for incorporating objects, processes and activities, resulting in combinations of installation art, performance, and kinetic, digital and mechanistic expressions.

 

This degree program's goals and student learning outcomes are detailed here

Visual Arts-All Grades (Graduate)

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The Masters of Science In Teaching (MST) Visual Arts – All Grades is a unique, intensive, one-year graduate experience that will prepare you to meet the national, state and regional need for excellent teachers of the visual arts in grades K-12. This Art Education major offers an environment that will nurture and promote a creative approach to teaching the visual arts. The major has a dynamic curriculum, designed to prepare you to become a dedicated art educator who is committed to the teaching of art to all children. Partnerships with area school districts and the local art community are key elements of the major. Throughout the year, you will work alongside faculty in an atmosphere of collaboration and engagement while addressing the fundamental purposes and processes of art education, as well as its social, economic, and cultural impacts. The major emphasizes innovation and creativity in teaching and learning, through research, studio inquiry and community involvement. As a graduate of this major, you will be able to train and encourage future artists, and begin your career in this fulfilling and rewarding profession.

 

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Ceramics (Graduate)

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A highly personal major, RIT's MFA in Ceramics and Ceramic Sculpture focuses on intellectual and artistic development through an intensive teaching of the aesthetics and techniques of ceramic design. Graduate studio courses, seminar courses and in-depth critiques, in conjunction with thesis planning and implementation, will provide you with a deep understanding of not only your own work, but of the work of other students and peers as well. You will also examine the creativity, perceptions, aesthetics and criticism of the work of contemporary artists and craftspeople in courses and discussions. Thesis reviews will allow you to track your progress towards your final thesis presentation, which is completed when a formal critique and evaluation is given by the thesis committee. The MFA major in Ceramics and Ceramic Sculpture will strengthen and deepen your understanding of the aesthetics, techniques, and theory of this fine art.

 

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Glass (Graduate)

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The MFA major in Glass is a two-year program of study, which strives to help you develop your personal creative voice through intensive research, discussion, critique, and experimentation. As a graduate student, you are provided full access to a complete glass facility and individual studio space to strengthen your technique and to practice designing pieces that flourish your personal expression of the medium. Graduate studio courses, seminar courses and in-depth critiques are provided, in conjunction with thesis planning and implementation, to provide you with a deep understanding of this personal craft. You will be exposed to a broad range of critical issues related to the conception and production of art, to inspire and provoke critical reflection and facilitate the development of your thesis exhibition and supporting documentation. As a graduate of this masters level major you can expect to move on to be a successful artist in this fine art field.

 

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Metals & Jewelry Design (Graduate)

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This two-year masters level major is designed to provide you with an opportunity to achieve the highest creative, personal and professional accomplishment in the metals field. The curriculum provides you with a broad exposure to technical and material knowledge, strengthens your philosophical concepts, and broadens your artistic vision. You will be encouraged to evaluate and challenge fundamental standards and to experiment with new ways of thinking. Committed faculty will help facilitate the development of your required thesis, and help you monitor its progress, in order to ready you for your thesis presentation.

 

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Furniture Design (Graduate)

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The MFA major in Furniture Design is structured arround the individual student’s needs, interests and background. As such, the major seeks to strengthen your techniques, advance your aesthetic and design sensibilities, and hone your own personal expression. The first year of the major will expose you to a broad range of critical issues related to the conception and production of art, inspire and provoke your critical reflection, and facilitate the development of your preliminary thesis topic. In your second year you will propose and fully engage in your thesis project, which will culminate in a major exhibition in the spring.

 

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Industrial Design (Graduate)

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The graduate major in Industrial Design offers an in-depth, project-oriented course of study to further develop and define your expertise in industrial design methods and technologies. Design history, issues, research, theory and methods are common topics in graduate courses. In additional studio courses, you will be involved in extensive design work with respect to environmental issues, the meaning of artifacts, and critical analysis. You will use 3D software for product modeling and animation. You also will conduct research and develop a thesis project that you will document in a written thesis report and present in a graduate thesis exhibition. Obtaining your MFA degree in Industrial Design at the RIT School of Design will give you the advanced skills and experience to greatly expand your knowledge base as an industrial designer.

This degree program's goals and student learning outcomes are detailed here

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  • Industrial Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Package Designer
  • Apparel Designer
  • Toy Designer
  • Interaction Designer
  • Materials Specialist
  • Ergonomics Specialist
  • User Interface Designer
  • User Experience Designer

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Photography and Related Media (Graduate)

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The Imaging Arts Master of Fine Arts (MFA) major in Photography and Related Media is an advanced course of study in fine art photography, digital imaging, and moving media. The major emphasizes imaging as a fine art practice with the goal of inspiring and nurturing artistic individuality through an extensive study of art practice, criticism and aesthetics.

The MFA major is led by 15 full-time faculty members from the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences and supported by visiting and adjunct faculty, faculty from the School of Art and College of Liberal Arts, and by noted artists, critics, and historians residing in the region. Graduate students work with an abundance of equipment in imaging and printing technologies for traditional, alternative and digital fine art applications. Graduate students have access to dedicated darkrooms, as well as graduate digital labs with up-to-date computers, scanners, software, and printers. A wide variety of shooting studios are also available, along with a dedicated graduate space for experimental activities and displays.

This MFA major prepares students for employment in higher education, museum or gallery work, publishing, digital media, and for careers as fine art image-makers.

Contact Christine Shank, MFA Director, for more information.

 

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Imaging Systems (Minor) (Undergraduate)

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The Minor in Imaging Systems provides an immersive introduction to the business and technology of photographic imaging services. This minor has proven to enhance the scope of your undergraduate studies and increase your career opportunities in the photography and imaging industry. Opportunities might include business management, photo-lab operations, technical support, software development, and representing photo- and imaging-related manufacturers.

Some areas of exploration are digital imaging capture systems, professional practices, output technologies, color management, and imaging workflows. Students in minor can also receive priority placement for student employment in the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences’ professional Imaging Systems Lab.

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  • Photo Company Representative
  • Lab Operator
  • Color Specialist
  • Printing Operator
  • Business Manager

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Print Media (Graduate)

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The Master of Science in Print Media degree program offers students an opportunity to explore new areas of research in the graphic communications field. The School of Media Sciences faculty and curriculum focus on establishing quality and efficiencies pertaining to business, technology, and processes in graphic communications. Our graduate faculty are experts in many different areas, including print, business, color management, web and IT, digital publishing, imaging, and typography. Graduate students in our program have the opportunity to get hands on experience by working with the faculty as Graduate Assistants either in the classroom or assisting with faculty research. The program takes full advantage of RIT’s innovative and cutting-edge resources by placing students in an integrated environment containing the latest equipment and software used throughout the industry. 

The curriculum exposes students to the foundations of the industry with a research focus. You will find the course offerings and faculty expertise in our program are quite diverse. Print Media graduate students work with expert faculty and focus on a particular area of thesis research in areas including content management, publishing workflows, typography and layout, business trends, color management, and applications of printing. We work with the graduate students to customize their electives in a way that will lead them into thesis research that will help them in their prospective career path. Along with 3 semesters of course work, each student completes research and a written thesis. Our courses in the graduate program are a mix of theory and “hands-on” with a focus on providing graduate students with information about current industry trends, problem solving and research skills. 

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  • Technology Manager
  • Consultant
  • Color Specialist
  • PhD Candidate
  • Account Manager
  • Application Specialist
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Materials Tester
  • Owner
  • Prepress Manager
  • Print Production Specialist
  • Product Development Specialist
  • Sales Manager
  • Technical Director

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Furniture Design (Other)

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The Associate of Occupational Studies degree in Furniture Design is a highly-focused, two-year course of study. This intensive curriculum enhances the variety of educational options available in RIT's woodworking major. You will be able to learn how to use and care for basic hand tools and begin to explore the technical and visual potential of wood. Over the two-year experience, increasingly sophisticated techniques and design concepts will be introduced. As a student in this major, you will also take courses in two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, freehand drawing, technical drawing, furniture history and crafts business practices.

Film and Animation (Graduate)

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The film and animation MFA is a three-year program designed to educate complete filmmakers. Rather than narrow vocational training, you will learn the artistic, narrative, technical, historical, and business aspects of whatever form you choose during your first two years, and then create a thesis project in your third year that can be completed on or off campus.

As an animation student, you will concentrate in either 2D, 3D, or stop motion but be able to explore the other types of animation.

As a film student, you will concentrate in production or screenwriting. While the curricula are similar, the production thesis is directing a narrative, documentary, or experimental live action short whereas the screenwriting thesis is writing a feature film or television series.

Our MFA degree provides the advanced training that can launch professional careers. It is also a "terminal degree," qualifying the graduate to teach filmmaking in other higher education programs of merit.

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  • Director
  • Documentary Filmmaker
  • Experimental Artist
  • Writer
  • Producer
  • Director of Photography
  • Production Designer
  • Editor
  • Supervising Sound Editor
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Executive
  • Agent
  • Production Manager
  • Chief Lighting Technician
  • Key Grip
  • Prop Master
  • Production Sound Mixer
  • Post Production Supervisor
  • Rerecording Mixer
  • Creative Director
  • Camera TD
  • CG Lighting TD
  • CG Painter
  • Character Animator
  • Character Modeler
  • Construction Artist
  • Creature Modeler
  • Digital Paint Artist
  • Dolphin Technician
  • Effects Animator
  • Layout Artist
  • Lead Compositing TD
  • Lead Modeler
  • Match Move Supervisor
  • Previs Supervisor
  • Rigger
  • Robotic Camera Operator
  • Roto Artist
  • Rough Inbetweener
  • Senior Modeler (3D)
  • Shop Man
  • Story Artist
  • Technical Director (3D)
  • Texture Artist
  • Visual Development Artist
  • And more!

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