School of Film and Animation


The School of Film and Animation is where the timeless art of filmmaking meets cutting-edge technology. It’s a creative community that allows students to explore their talents in the art of filmmaking or the science and technologies used in the motion picture industry. Students discover their unique potential, experiment with ideas, and express them to the world. Guided by award-winning faculty who exhibit their work around the world, students are prepared to pursue successful careers across a wide spectrum of industries upon graduation: motion picture, television, and non-broadcast. Alumni have gone on to hold research engineering roles at places like Sony and Dolby and have positions in filmmaking and animation at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Lucasfilm, and myriad other reputable companies.


The school’s equipment cage has 960 video- and audio-related items available for students to check out in support of projects and other coursework.


The school has 25,000 square feet of facility space available to students, in addition to the new MAGIC Spell Studios.


RIT is one of only 21 member universities in the country of CILECT, an association of the world’s major film and television institutions.

Latest News

  • September 11, 2020

    theater troupe wearing all black and jumping in the air.

    RIT talents shine in this year’s Fringe fest @ home

    Nearly 20 artists and groups from Rochester Institute of Technology are participating in this year’s KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival @ Home, a 12-day virtual event beginning Tuesday and continuing through Sept. 26.

  • September 7, 2020

    Overhead view of students at tables set up in former gallery space.

    Innovative planning, teamwork transform RIT galleries into creative academic spaces

    Normally lined with exhibits showcasing the talents of RIT faculty, students, and alumni, three RIT galleries are instead outfitted this semester with the desks and technology necessary to meet the academic needs of hundreds of first-year College of Art and Design students. The University and Bevier Galleries inside Booth Hall and the William Harris Gallery in Gannett Hall have been transformed into creative classrooms.

Undergraduate Programs

The film and animation (BFA) degree offers options in animation and film production, with the curriculum supplying an experience unlike any other that spans the entire creative spectrum. The unique motion picture science (BS) program produces graduates who may not be artists directly involved in the motion picture industry but support the field with the science- and engineering-based education they receive. In the program, students learn how to address complex motion imaging workflow issues.

Who doesn’t love an animated film? In the film and animation BFA program, you can bring your own stories to life on the big screen.

Learn More about Animation Option - Film and Animation BFA 

A film degree focused on production, screenwriting, 2D animation, 3D animation, and stop motion animation. Explore the artistic, technical, historical, and business aspects of the motion picture industry.

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Science and engineering combine with imaging technologies used in the motion picture industry to prepare students for research engineering roles at technology and entertainment powerhouses like Sony, Technicolor, and Dolby or technical post-production positions in digital color correction, sound design, visual effects, and more.

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Develop and refine your creative approach as you produce innovative and artistic cinema.

Learn More about Production Option - Film and Animation BFA 

Graduate Programs

The film and animation (MFA) program is designed to educate complete filmmakers. With four options within the program — 2D animation, 3D animation, production, and screenwriting — students obtain the advanced training required to create remarkable live-action production, scripts, and animations that facilitate career success.  

Ranked among the top 10 in the nation by Animation Career Review, RIT's film MFA produces graduates who work at top animation studios, including Disney Animation Studios, Electronic Arts, DreamWorks, Blue Sky Studios, Nickelodeon, and Industrial Light and Magic.

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Student Resources

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

The 2020-21 School of Film and Animation faculty/staff directory can be found here.