Day of Photo


Picture Yourself at RIT

RIT's renowned School of Photographic Arts and Sciences is hosting its seventh annual Day of Photo on Nov. 8, 2019! Prospective students are invited to spend a day here and gain insights from current students and our award-winning faculty. Throughout the event, attendees will:

  • Participate in hands-on demos
  • Tour our state-of-the-art facilities 
  • Receive a portfolio review from faculty

Register for Day of Photo

A student operates a camera
Day of Photo attendees will have a chance to operate the same high-end camera gear that is available to RIT students through our equipment cages. Photo by Sam Kang '19 (photographic sciences).

Program Agenda

A full agenda for the day's program will be available in September. Past programs have included program overviews by program directors, student panels, facilities and residence-hall tours, portfolio reviews, portrait demonstrations and more. 

A student gets their portrait taken in the studioPast program participants have been exposed to a professional-level photoshoot environment that RIT students are commonly in. Photo by Sam Kang '19 (photographic sciences).


Check-in (at MAGIC Spell Studios)

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.


9:00 to 9:15 a.m.

*The rest of the schedule will be available soon. The formal program is scheduled to end at 3:30 p.m.

RIT professor William Snyder reviews a student's portfolioRIT faculty — like professor and photojournalism undergraduate program director William Snyder, a four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and editor — are on hand at Day of Photo to aid in the college application by reviewing portfolios. On the far right is professor and advertising photography undergraduate program director Denis Defibaugh. Photo by Ryan Flanagan '18 (photographic sciences).

Parking and Directions

Parking for the day is complimentary with permits, which will be emailed to confirmed registrants the week prior to the event. 

A student panel speaks at Day of Photo 2017Each year, current RIT photography students talk about their experiences in their respective programs and answer questions during a panel discussion. Photo by Ryan Flanagan '18 (photographic sciences).

Instagram Contest

In conjunction with Day of Photo, the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences is running its annual RIT Photo Prize Instagram competition to discover, support and promote the next generation of image makers. All high school and community college students are eligible to enter the juried contest.

How to Enter/Eligibility

It’s simple: Tag your 10 best Instagram posts with #RITphotoprize2019. That’s it! Jurors will follow the tagged submissions until Oct. 30. Winners will be announced Nov. 8, during the Day of Photo event. Attendance is not required to be a winner.

Participants must currently be enrolled in seventh through 12th grades or community college. Final awarding of prizes will require proof of student status.

Prizes and Jurors

Contest jurors, consisting of School of Photographic Arts and Sciences faculty and past winner and commercial and art photographer Marina Molodets, will select an Image of Excellence winner and Images of Distinction honorees.

Previous winners have received prizes such as a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, cameras and photography equipment. The prizes for 2018 are to be announced. Jurors will also select their favorites photos for inclusion in a photo book.