In the fall of 2018, the College of Art and Design was renamed from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, a name it had held since 1992. The first classes in the college were in industrial design, drawing, and architecture, when RIT was established as Mechanics Institute in 1885.
Over the years, the college has prepared countless artists, animators, designers, filmmakers, photographers, scientists, teachers, and technologists to make a difference in their field — and by extension, the world. From inheriting the School for American Craftsmen (now School for American Crafts) in 1949 after it was founded at Dartmouth College three years earlier to developing an environment that promotes creativity and collaboration, the college has long been a place where pioneering ideas become reality.
Today, the College of Art and Design offers a wide range of degrees that allow students to explore disciplines in art, American crafts, design, film and animation, and photography.