The extensive renovation of RIT’s College of Art and Design—with keen focuses on key areas within the internationally recognized School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS) and School of Film and Animation—made significant strides in 2021.
The vast project is part of a five-year masterplan to renovate, rejuvenate, and transform spaces to meet the growing demands for a college that serves as RIT’s creative hub at the intersection of technology, art, and design.
The college is in the midst of completing a 10,000-square-foot renovation and expansion of the SOFA animation complex. This work will give students access to new 2D, 3D, and stop-motion classrooms with individual workstations and creative pen displays, a figure drawing studio, and state-of-the-art undergraduate and graduate animation labs. The first phase of these renovations was completed in fall 2022, and phase two of construction is anticipated to be completed in spring 2023.
In fall 2021, the college completed an expansion and reconfiguration of the SPAS facilities. This included an expansion of RIT’s photo equipment “cage”—now stocked with the latest gear for RIT students—and the creation of open and inviting new lounge where students and teams can work, study, and collaborate.
The expansion and reconfiguration of SPAS facilities was made possible with a $3.5 million gift to the school in 2019 by Chance Wright ’18 (advertising photography), ’19 (MBA), and his mother, Pamela Mars Wright—the largest single gift ever made to the college.
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