Day of Photo

Picture Yourself at RIT

RIT's renowned Photo School hosts a Day of Photo event every fall! Our 2022 event is set for Friday, Oct. 21.

A student looks through the viewfinder of a camera.

Throughout the free event, prospective students spend time with us exploring our undergraduate photo offerings: Advertising Photography, Fine Art Photography, Photographic Sciences, Photojournalism and Visual Media

This year's agenda will include:

  • Tour multi-million-dollar renovated facilities in the renowned School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
  • Get a glimpse at our industry-standard cameras and equipment
  • Spend time with award-winning faculty and students
  • Learn more about our undergraduate BFA and BS program offerings
  • Join our RIT Photo Prize Instagram contest for a chance to win prizes 
  • Hear from Undergraduate Admissions about the application and financial aid process

Free registration

A Rich History

Past in-person Day of Photo events have included portrait and high-speed photography demos, a student panel, facilities tours, equipment showcases and portfolio reviews. Hover over images for photo credit.

Photo Prize Contest

Faculty Dan Hughes poses with a high school student who won the 2019 RIT Photo Prize top honor.

In conjunction with Day of Photo, the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences runs an annual RIT Photo Prize Instagram competition to discover, support and highlight the next generation of image makers! Contest details will be available closer to the 2022 event.


The School of Photographic Arts and Sciences recently completed a $3.5 million renovation that bolstered what were already state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. The work was made possible by a substantial gift from Chance Wright '18 (Advertising Photography) and his mother, Pamela Mars Wright.

New spaces and facilities upgrades include: 

  • New professional sound room for recording interviews and audio editing.
  • New motion media room outfitted with high-performance computers for video editing.
  • New 4D media room equipped for the creation of stop-motion video.
  • An ultra-modern student lounge — with new furniture and an adjacent study center for meetings, working and relaxing.
  • Upgrades to the school's darkrooms, accompanied by a new classroom area for teaching and critique
  • Upgraded computer lab, complete with enhanced screens, computers and scanning and printing capabilities. 
  • Expanded footprint to accommodate additional equipment for the school's Photo Cage, an equipment rental space that offers the latest gear and accessories for checkout.

Visiting Protocols

There is nothing more important to RIT than the safety and well-being of the special community that makes our campus such a remarkable place to live and learn. This concern extends to those who visit campus for events, tours, conferences and more.

For detailed information about RIT's COVID-19 safety procedures, please visit the RIT Ready website.


A student poses for a portrait in a studio.

Questions about the event can be sent to: