Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Film and Animation BFA

Program Overview

RIT offers its students more production experience than any other college in the country and, as a result, draws students from all over the world.  Students begin shooting film their first week in school. Over the next four years, they will continue to produce,  from script to release master, ever more ambitious work culminating in a year long thesis production.  Students work with all technologies and procedures (film, video, digital and traditional computer animation) relative to modern motion media and all genres (fiction, documentary, etc).

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts


  • Approximately 273 students currently enrolled 220 BFA; 53 MFA

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • The School of Film and Animation participates in an exchange program with Salisbury College in England, the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam and has a “summer in Europe” program that alternates between Paris & Amsterdam.
  • Students may participate in an optional co-op/intern experience for academic credit.

Salary Information

BFA Co-op:   $12.25                   $10.00 - $15.00
BFA:         Insufficient Data

Student Skills & Capabilities

During the first year, students study the basics of film, video, and audio production in terms of both practice and aesthetics.  The core of the four-year curriculum is an organized sequence of productions.  While all students do the basics in all aspects of motion media, they may create individual specialties relative to genre, technology and creative specialization.  By the end of the senior year, students can skillfully direct, shoot, write, edit, and produce their own creative visions and do so in their senior thesis project.
The special partnership between the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences and the School of Computer Science & Information Technology allows students to build skills in the technical and aesthetic aspects of animated filmmaking, computer programming and interactive media.

Equipment & Facilities

Facilities are consistent with
professional standards and in most
instances represent the most
advanced state-of-the-art systems
(e.g.:  Avid, S.G.I.).

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Animatus Studio, Eastman Kodak Company, CGI, Post Central Incorporated, Jam Incorporated, Olive Jar Studios, Broaderbund, Cinesite LA, Xerox Corporation, Cinesite London, Rythmn & Hues, Headbone Interactive, Digital Domain, Walt Disney Feature Animation.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in hiring RIT co-op, graduating students or alumni. We will make every effort to make your recruiting endeavor a success. Call our office and ask to speak with Morgan Faas, the career services coordinator who works with the Film/Video/Animation program. For your convenience, you can access information and services through our web site at
Morgan Faas, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  585.475.5469

Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603


Related Links

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