Art Exploration

Spend up to a year exploring RIT’s art programs before you declare a major.

Overview for Art Exploration

If you want to pursue studio arts but are unsure which major or program option best matches your interests, the art exploration option is for you. The School of Art offers majors in illustration, medical illustration, and studio arts (where you can choose an option in ceramics, expanded forms, furniture design, glass, metals and jewelry design, printmaking, painting, or sculpture). In your first year, you will work closely with your academic advisor to select courses that best align with your career aspirations.

The art exploration option requires the submission of a portfolio. View our Portfolio Requirements for more information.


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Admissions and Financial Aid

First-Year Admission

A strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. This includes:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of social studies and/or history
  • 3-4 years of mathematics
  • 2-3 years of science
  • Studio art experience and a portfolio of original artwork are required for all programs in the School of Art.
  • A portfolio must be submitted. View Portfolio Requirements for more information.

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

100% of all incoming first-year and transfer students receive aid.

RIT’s personalized and comprehensive financial aid program includes scholarships, grants, loans, and campus employment programs. When all these are put to work, your actual cost may be much lower than the published estimated cost of attendance.
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