Design Your Future


Spark your creativity and design flair with a free all-day visit to RIT’s School of Design! Our 2020 Design Your Future event is scheduled for the fall. The School of Design —named by Business Week as one of the top 10 design schools in the country — offers BFA programs in 3D Digital Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design and New Media Design. Throughout Design Your Future, prospective students will:

  • Meet with renowned faculty and staff
  • Gain insights from current students
  • Participate in hands-on workshops
  • Tour studio spaces and labs

Attendees can also receive portfolio reviews and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will present information about the application and financial aid process. 

Registration for the 2020 event will be available in the summer.

Students work on a screen in the new media lab
Our New Media Lab is equipped with 24 open Apple iMacs, allowing for students and faculty to work in collaboration to accomplish the goals of any project.

Program Agenda (from 2019)

8:30 to 9:00 a.m.

Check-in/Breakfast (in University Gallery)

9:00 to 9:30 a.m.

Welcome and School of Design Overview (University Gallery)

9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (students)

Workshops (various locations)

9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (parents)

Admissions and financial aid presentations (University Gallery) and tours of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, a world-class design museum accessible to students. The facility houses the archive of renowned designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli, whose graphic and product work are icons of international design.

* Parents will have the opportunity to attend both the financial aid presentation and tour during this time frame.

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Lunch (University Gallery) 

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Student Panel (moderated by School of Design Director Peter Byrne)

2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Optional School of Design tour, portfolio reviews and campus tour. *Both tours depart from University Gallery.

An overhead shot of our interior design studio
Day of Design attendees will get to experience working in our School of Design's various studios and labs. By Matteo Bracco.

Parking and Directions

Check-in for the day’s program will take place in RIT's University Gallery, located on the second floor of Booth Hall. Parking for the day is complimentary with permits, which will be emailed to confirmed registrants the week prior to Day of Design.

A student draws a sketch By RIT Photo Services