Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Imaging Arts MFA

Program Overview

The Imaging Arts Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is a nationally top ten-ranked graduate program, focusing on photography and related media. It is an advanced course of study in fine art photography, digital imaging, and moving media. The program emphasizes a broad interpretation of photography as a conceptual art form, inspiring and nurturing the creativity of each student through an extensive study of art practice, criticism, theory and aesthetics. It is a two-year, 60 credit curriculum that builds upon individual strengths and interests. This approach supports the creative growth of each graduate student with a large, supportive full-time faculty and one of kind dedicated facilities. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and Middle State College board accredit the MFA program. The School hosts an academic year schedule of renowned visiting artists, lectures, master classes and portfolio reviews. Many of these events are dedicated to the MFA program.

Degrees Awarded

  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


  • The MFA program accepts approximately 15 students a year

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Students have optional co-op and/or internship work assignments

Salary Information

Co-op:     Insufficient Data
MFA:       $35,000 - $75,000      

Student Skills & Capabilities

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

Equipment & Facilities

Graduate students have dedicated individual studio spaces as well as dedicated digital labs. They work with an abundance of equipment in imaging and printing technologies for traditional, alternative and digital fine art applications. Graduate students have access to 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. The Photo School “Cage” contains a wide-range of DSLR and video cameras, including Nikon, Canon, Sony, and Leica, as well as a large inventory of lenses. There is also a significant inventory of medium format and large format cameras as well as a myriad of accessories for the still and moving image.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners, National Gallery of Art, Pier 59 Studio, Supreme Digital, Splashlight studios, personal photography studios, Southwest Airlines, The Daily Hampshire Gazette, Dune studios, George Eastman House, Brenner Photo Productions, The White House, Borg & Ide Imaging, Columbia University Medical Center, National Georgraphic, Wegmans, Magazine at The Wall Street Journal and more.

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 Imaging Arts MFA 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