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The College of Art and Design is RIT’s creative hub where art, design, and technology intersect.

From centuries-old and contemporary methods of producing fine art to the latest in digital media, we have a wide selection of majors in disciplines related to visual communication, imaging, and science. If your interests are artistic, creative, and professional, a world of possibilities awaits you here.

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Applications will be reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis.

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Raising the bar in innovation

Our e-zine highlights the ways in which our faculty, students, alumni, and staff are impacting our world through their scholarship, learning programs, community engagement, and overall creative practice.

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Statistics

15

Pulitzer Prizes Awarded

Eleven College of Art and Design graduates have combined to win 15 Pulitzer Prizes.

92%

Job Placement

College of Art and Design graduates have a 92 percent career outcome rate six months after graduation.

14:1

Student-to-Faculty Ratio

Students receive copious attention and guidance from the College of Art and Design’s committed faculty.

5

Science-Based Degrees

Our wide portfolio of offerings includes BS, MS and MST degrees — in addition to BFA and MFA programs.

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Art and Design Reel

Whether it's art, design, film and animation, or photography, you can do it all here. Because here, creativity can't be contained.

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Art and Design viewbooks

Whether your interests are in art, American crafts, design, film and animation, or photography, we have you covered.

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What Interests You?

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Find Your Fit

Meet the Dean

Todd Jokl

The College of Art and Design, with its five dynamic schools, galleries, and research centers, is a creative catalyst for RIT. Our students, faculty, and alumni are trailblazing artists, designers, and scientists who are leaders in their fields and engaged across the University, the region, and the globe. Our creativity and innovations are transforming the world.

Todd Jokl
Dean, College of Art and Design
tsjpgd@rit.edu
585-475-5392

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Latest News

  • February 1, 2023

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    Making connections in Los Angeles

    When Sarah Mehani landed in Los Angeles in August 2022, her goal was to get more experience and connect with other aspiring filmmakers. She achieved that and more during her time as a rentals intern at AbelCine.

  • January 31, 2023

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    Student entrepreneurs need votes to advance in national startup competition

    RIT student Jake Downie has been “all in” for the past few years when working to advance JDocs, a startup he created with fellow computer science student Artem Goncharov. And now, a JDocs product, FlexFile, is making waves in the legal industry. Last week, FlexFile became a semifinalist to compete in ABA Techshow’s Startup Alley competition.

  • January 24, 2023

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    RIT appoints inaugural Vignelli Center Designer in Residence

    The Vignelli Center for Design Studies has appointed RZLBD (Reza Aliabadi) as the inaugural Vignelli Center Designer in Residence. This position was created to assist with an upcoming campus project to design and build a series of outdoor interactive exhibits tentatively titled the RIT Museumscape.

  • January 23, 2023

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    Metaproject 13 heads to New York City Design Week 2023

    Students who took part in Metaproject 13 will have their designs showcased as part of the 2023 New York City Design Week courtesy of their client, Lazzoni. In the fall, students spent the semester working to design seating solutions for the alumnus-owned international furniture company. All of the designs presented will be prototyped by Lazzoni, a first in Metaproject’s history.

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