RIT Recognized in 2009 Publication of America’s Best Graduate Schools

U.S. News & World Report survey touts RIT programs in the fine arts

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Rochester Institute of Technology is among the top colleges and universities in the nation for programs in the fine arts, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools.

RIT tied for 21st among institutions offering graduate-level studies in fine arts. The rankings are based solely on the results of a peer assessment survey, featuring input from art school deans and other top art school academics at 220 master’s of fine arts programs in art and design from across the country.

RIT’s rankings among fine arts specialties are as follows:

  • Glass art, tied for 2nd
  • Photography, tied for 3rd
  • Industrial design, tied for 8th
  • Multimedia/visual communications, tied for 10th
  • Graphic design, tied for 12th
  • RIT’s fine arts programs are housed in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, one of eight colleges at the university. The college includes the School of Art, School of Design, School for American Crafts, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, School of Film and Animation, and the School of Print Media.

    “RIT and its unique programs provide one of the world’s best centers for advanced study in the creative arts,” states Joan Stone, dean of RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. “The results of the latest U.S. News survey reflect the validation of our peers, and the opportunity to highlight this recognition of excellence is very gratifying.”

    America’s Best Graduate Schools is online at www.usnews.com/grad and will be available on newsstands Monday, March 31.