RIT earns spot in U.S. News rankings




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RIT 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.

The university 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. “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 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 highlights of the rankings will be published in the April 7 print edition of U.S. News & World Report.
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