School of Film and Animation
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.
Study Away: LA
The School of Film and Animation's recently launched Study Away: LA program allows students to benefit from a West Coast classroom at the epicenter of the filmmaking universe. The program gives students the opportunity to spend time in Los Angeles for a semester, directly networking and working side by side with industry professionals while gaining a hands-on understanding of the film industry's culture. The inaugural fall 2022 cohort includes 16 students who are interning at top studios and companies and taking two courses that complement the study-away experience.
Access to industry-leading software
RIT's School for Film and Animation is a designated Center of Excellence (COE) by Toon Boom Animation, a leading animation and storyboarding software company. Toon Boom software is utilized by prominent studios, such as Disney, DreamWorks, Netflix and more, in the creation of feature film, animation and TV Series. As a Center of Excellence, RIT is recognized as a reliable source of industry-standard training and an enhanced educational environment through exposure to Toon Boom software.
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.
Combined, the School of Film and Animation and MAGIC Spell Studios — which expands the capacity of the school while supporting research and entrepreneurial activities in the area — provides 77,000 square feet of facility space.
Alumni have earned hundreds of screen credits for their work on major motion pictures and popular TV shows — from Frozen to Rogue One to The Simpsons and much more.
May 9, 2023
Longtime faculty/staff to retire after noteworthy careers at RIT
Mary Barnard, Willie Osterman, Kim Sherman and David Walter are retiring from RIT with a combined 117 years of experience at the university.
May 3, 2023
Student researches motion capture technology through MAGIC Spell Studios
Payton Schleh ’23 (motion picture science) uses the latest motion capture technology and techniques to support projects across the College of Art and Design.
April 29, 2023
Imagine RIT festival proves the future is bright
Thousands of visitors at the 2023 Imagine RIT: Creativity and Innovation Festival got to see what’s on the horizon in the areas of technology, the arts, and design. Festivalgoers traversed RIT’s campus on Saturday, exploring more than 350 exhibits.
A film by Teng Chen '22 MFA (film and animation)
A film by Meghdad Asadi '13 MFA (Film and Animation), assistant professor in the School of Film and Animation
Video Game Development
“That Damn Goat!” is a party game where chaos reigns, frustrations mount and everything you think you know about your situation is instantly thrown out of whack by a head-butting goat with magical...
Student films a hit at festivals
2D-animated works by Diane Lee '24 are making waves on the film festival circuit around the world.
School director's documentary uncovers family stories
School of Film and Animation Director Shanti Thakur's latest documentary premiered in spring 2022 and was met with a warm reception on the festival circuit.
Building a Virtual Production Curriculum
Supported by MegaGrant from Epic Games, MAGIC Spell Studios has brought groundbreaking research and filmmaking techniques to RIT.
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 the Animation Option - Film and Animation BFA program
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.Learn more about the Film and Animation BFA program
Motion picture science is a creative, innovative degree that combines engineering with the arts to inspire innovation in feature film, television, and animation production.Learn more about the Motion Picture Science BS program
Develop and refine your creative approach as you produce innovative and artistic cinema.Learn more about the Production Option - Film and Animation BFA program
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.
Graduates of RIT’s film and animation MFA work as artists, filmmakers, and storytellers at the world’s leading animation and live-action studios, including Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks, and Nickelodeon.Learn more about the Film and Animation MFA program
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