School of Design

Overview

The School of Design is ranked among the best, with Business Week naming it one of the top 10 design schools in the country. Effective design combined with creativity and professionalism are the school’s tenets. Using both technological and theoretical approaches to find solutions to design problems, students work with award-winning faculty who are creatives, critical thinkers, and innovative problem-solvers. Students have access to state-of-the art laboratories and computer facilities as well as the Cary Graphic Arts Collection and the entire archive of renowned designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli, housed in RIT’s Vignelli Center for Design Studies.

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Number of designs from the industrial design program’s Metaproject senior studio that are currently in production through various companies.

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Our Fab Lab is equipped with 12 3D printers - in addition to laser cutters, CNC routing devices and other technology - to complete submitted projects by students, faculty, and staff.

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Faculty are professional members or affiliates of more than 20 national, international, and local organizations.

Latest News

  • November 25, 2020

    A collage of three shirts co-designed by RIT faculty.

    Making a difference through design

    Sales from t-shirts designed by faculty Carol Fillip and Lorrie Frear are benefitting Music is Art, a non-profit organization founded by Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac.

  • October 23, 2020

    four researchers posing for photo.

    Research team wins Catalyst Award in first year of international challenge

    David Borkholder, Linwei Wang, Caroline Easton, and Adam Smith, part of RIT's Personalized Healthcare Technology signature research initiative, recently won a Catalyst Award from the National Academy of Medicine for their project, “Improving Health for the Aging through Daily Vital Signs Monitoring.”

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Undergraduate Programs

Innovative and creative design solutions that enrich the ways in which people live, work, and play is the emphasis of the school’s undergraduate programs. The school offers BFA programs in 3D digital design, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, and new media design.

3D design includes everything from computer graphics for gaming, virtual worlds, augmented reality, medical and scientific simulations, data visualizations, motion and broadcast graphics, architectural and engineering modeling, instructional multimedia, museum exhibits, and more.

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Spend up to a year exploring RIT's design programs before you declare a major.

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In this creative, innovative graphic design degree, you'll integrate design principles, methods, concepts, images, words, and ideas to convey distinct, visually compelling messages to a range of audiences.

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From athletic wear and home goods to stereo systems and medical devices, in the industrial design degree you'll create and develop inventive products for both consumers and manufacturers.

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The interior design degree establishes you as an expert in creating human-centered environments and understanding the relationship between people and their physical surroundings.

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At the intersection of visual communication, design strategy, and user experience design, this new media design degree produces innovative creators of next gen digital media.

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Graduate Programs

The School of Design offers two MFA programs — one in visual communication design and another in industrial design. The MFA in visual communication design focuses on all areas of design, including graphic design, user experience/interaction design, design studies, motion graphics, and 3D digital design. The MFA in industrial design includes seminar courses in design history and research and studio courses focusing on sustainability and design process.

In this industrial design master's degree, you'll explore design theory, design history, and human-centered design as you create a range of dynamic, exciting consumer products.

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A one year integrative design master's degree that furthers your understanding of the design process and prepares to work with creative development teams.

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This visual communications degree gives designers exciting opportunities to shape interactive experiences by integrating graphic design, user experience design, design studies, motion graphics, and 3D digital design into their work.

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Minors and Immersions

The 3D digital design minor provides a foundation in designing visual elements using three-dimensional digital software for a range of applications. Courses cover topics such as modeling, motion, lighting, materials, and rendering. Advanced electives explore real time design including topics related specifically to topology, textures, level of detail, and other techniques important to real time applications. Please note: Enrollment is based on available space and a portfolio review is required before acceptance into the minor.

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Student Resources

For internal College of Art and Design resources such as academic information, forms, FAQs and more, visit inside.cad.rit.edu. For information about academic advising, visit here.