School of Art


From an idea to a concept to the finished piece, the School of Art is made up of a tight-knit community of makers who ideate and create one-of-a-kind art. Whether it’s using 3D printers, charcoal and a sketch pad, or a pottery wheel, students use cutting-edge technology and traditional methods to produce stunning work that culminates with a gallery exhibition in their senior year. The school is led by award-winning faculty members who exhibit in galleries and juried shows around the world. The breadth and depth of the facilities and studios are unmatched by our peers. Graduates have a solid foundation for a career as a professional artist — producing, marketing, and selling their work or other opportunities such as teaching, advertising/marketing, or arts administration.

Pre-College Portfolio Preparation Workshop

The School of Art's annual Pre-College Portfolio Preparation Workshop is a two-week visual arts class designed to prepare the portfolios of rising high school juniors and seniors for admission to college art programs. 


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A maximum class size of 16 ensures students receive individualized attention.


The School of Art routinely welcomes more than 15 visiting artists each year for in-person or virtual demos and lectures.


Every student studying an option in the studio arts program exhibits their work at least once in an RIT gallery spaces.

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Undergraduate Programs

The School of Art offers professionally oriented degree programs in studio arts (options in ceramics, expanded forms, furniture design, glass, metals and jewelry design, non-toxic printmaking, painting, and sculpture), illustration, and medical illustration. The studio arts degree is studio intensive and allows you to immerse yourself in a concentration, developing both technical and creative skills. The highly sought-after medical illustration BFA is one of only a few offered in the country. Medical illustrators transform complex information into visual images that communicate with a variety of audiences from patients to doctors to scientists. Graduates of the illustration program work for publishing companies, advertising firms, and corporate art departments, as well as create and design concept area for cinema, games, and animation.

RIT's ceramics BFA covers a range of fundamental topics within ceramics including sculpture, pottery, mold-making, glazing, firing, and material science.

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In RIT’s expanded forms BFA, you will engage in experimental artwork and artistic expression beyond the traditional forms of painting and sculpture.

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In RIT’s furniture design degree, you will gain a comprehensive technical background in contemporary woodworking rooted in craftsmanship, creative design, and art-making.

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Expand your interest with a glassblowing degree emphasizing research, idea development, and material exploration to ensure professional success.

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RIT’s illustration BFA degree combines traditional drawing, digital imaging technology, and sculpted dimensional methods for effective visual communication.

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RIT’s medical illustration BFA teaches you to take complex scientific and medical information and distill it into stunning visual images.

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RIT’s metals and jewelry design degree focuses on a variety of design principles, aesthetics, as well as material and process mastery.

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RIT's BFA in painting covers traditional methodologies as well as contemporary visual art practices through creative and engaging studio practice and critical discourse.

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RIT's BFA in printmaking curriculum addresses a variety of media, tools, and both traditional and technological techniques related to printmaking concepts, as well as theory.  

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RIT’s bachelor’s degree in sculpture covers traditional sculpture processes within a curriculum that focuses on both formal and conceptual development.

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RIT’s studio arts major teaches the conceptual and technical skills required to succeed as creative professionals in ceramics, expanded forms, furniture design, glass, metals and jewelry design, printmaking, painting, or sculpture.

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Spend up to a year exploring RIT’s studio art options.

Learn more about the Studio Arts Exploration program 

Graduate Programs

The fine arts studio MFA is a two-year program made up of immersive studio courses chosen from painting, sculpture, printmaking, and expanded forms. The program culminates with a thesis and an exhibit in the college’s Bevier Gallery. The Master of Science for Teachers in visual arts-all grades (art education) program prepares students to become certified to teach kindergarten up through 12th grade in New York state.

This master’s in fine arts explores the role of contemporary art through painting, printmaking, sculpture, and expanded forms.

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An art education master's degree that sharpens your artistic abilities as you prepare to teach the next generation of artists and creators.

Learn more about the Visual Arts–All Grades (Art Education) MST program 

Minors and Immersions

The 2D studio arts minor allows students to develop and refine the practices inherent in the production of two-dimensional fine art forms, including drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography. Students develop conceptual, analytical, and technical skills in these media while learning to connect inspiration and ideation to creative visual expression in two dimensions. Once the two required introductory courses are completed, students may use elective courses to explore diverse two-dimensional media, such as painting, printmaking, and photography, or they may choose to work more intensively within one medium.

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In the 3D studio arts minor students develop and refine the practices required for the production of three-dimensional art in various media. Students develop conceptual, spatial, analytical, and technical skills while working through the process of art making from ideation to the production of creative visual expression in three dimensions.

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Explore the history of art and architecture across multiple cultures and eras. Art historians examine a culture’s artistic production, analyzing form, content, and creative context to better understand how art expresses the intent of the artist, the interpretation of the viewer, or particular cultural values and ideals. Students will use art historical methodologies to evaluate works of art, formulate a history of artistic style, analyze art in relation to its historical context, and engage with the world of contemporary art.

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Explore the history of art, architecture, craft, design, photography, and aesthetic theory across multiple cultures, eras, and intellectual perspectives. Art historians examine a society’s artistic production, analyzing form, content, and process to better understand how art expresses meaning within specific cultural contexts. Students completing this minor will be able to use art historical and related methodologies to evaluate works of art, formulate a history of artistic styles, analyze art in relation to its historical setting, and engage with the world of contemporary art. The minor's emphasis on writing and critical thinking complements any academic program while the inclusion of visual analysis, historical context, and theoretical approaches to artistic production make this a useful addition for students seeking careers in areas such as the fine arts, education, design, communication, game design, museum and gallery work, or digital humanities.

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Students will develop knowledge of specific media, including wood, metal, ceramics, glass, and textiles. They also will study the material properties of these media and hone technical skills while expanding and applying critical thinking skills as they work through design process from ideation to fabrication. Students will also learn about expected working practices within collaborative studio spaces and within the discipline more broadly.

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The glass minor provides students with an opportunity to diversify their voice and vision through an extensive experience in all glass working processes supported by the glass studios in the College of Art and Design. Aside from developing a breadth of technical understanding in working with glass, the minor culminates in a portfolio of work demonstrating a diversified approach to glass making and glass thinking. Completing the glass minor will further amplify students' creative potential and supplement each student’s overall education at RIT.

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The metals and jewelry design minor gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself in a creative environment of problem solving and to develop traditional and contemporary metals and jewelry design skills. Through a personal investigation of traditional metal techniques and material processes for the fabrication of small objects and jewelry, you will develop a personal design aesthetic and vocabulary. This will be demonstrated through the creation of a portfolio of work.

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