Creative Industry Day

Creative Industry Days for creatives by creatives. This portfolio-based event connects students with creative industry professionals, artists, photographers, designers, and developers.

Students receive feedback on their portfolios and learn more about the creative industry from industry experts who get a chance to give advice, scout for talent, and make connections. The event, started in 2006, is sponsored by the RIT Office of Career Services, collaborating with the College of Art and Design, Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, and Alumni Relations.

An aerial view of students talking to company representatives at a career fair.

Spring 2023 − TBA

1:1 Portfolio Reviews | Recruiting | Networking | Career Talks 

2022 Career Event Schedule


February 28 - March 3

Creative Industry Days Kick Off
Promoting Yourself and Your Work
First Career Step
Inside the Entertainment Industry

(virtual, details below)


March 3, 4, 17 and 18

One-on-one Portfolio Reviews and Networking with creative professionals (virtual)

An RIT students talking to a representative from Microsoft at the career fair.

2022 Career Talks & Panels


Monday, February 28, 2022

6:00-6:30 p.m. EST
Event Kick Off:
Creating a Culture of Creative Professionals

Dean Todd Jokl, College of Art and Design
[link to recording]

6:30-7:30 p.m. EST
Promoting Yourself and Your Work  
Our panel of experts will tell you how to be memorable – in a good way – and suggest how to showcase your work most effectively to a prospective employer or client. Pick up tips for strengthening your portfolio/reel and polishing your image. Learn how to talk about your creative process and “tell your story”. [link to recording]

Moderator: Christye P. Sisson, CRA, MS
RIT Professor and Director, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences

Confirmed Panelists:

Robert Lee | Adidas Vice President Design, Global Creative Director
RIT Illustration BFA '94

Sarah Bono | Disney Media & Entertainment Design Manager-Platform Design
RIT Graphic Design BFA '14

Corey Hankey | Thinkingbox Managing Director
RIT New Media Design BFA '07


Tuesday, March 1, 2022

6:00 -7:00 p.m. EST
First Career Step
Put your best foot forward! The advice you get from our panelists will help you prepare for your first job or venturing off on your own. Learn how to make a good first impression, text and email professionally, work with "older" generations, receive feedback, ask for what you want, deal with in-person and/or virtual work challenges, build support and a professional network. [link to recording]

Moderator: Bruce Leonard, RIT Adjunct Faculty, Industrial Design

Confirmed Panelists:

Kyra Wilson-Houck | Procter & Gamble Design Director
RIT BFA Industrial Design '14

Cathy Pages | Gannett | The USA TODAY NETWORK Director, Product Design & UX
RIT BFA Graphic Design ‘92

Yu Liu (Jason) | Whirlpool Sr. Industrial Designer l
RIT MFA Industrial Design '13


Thursday, March 3, 2022

6:00-7:00 p.m. EST
Inside the Entertainment Industry
Hear from professionals working in different roles within film, animation, and gaming – learn about the ways this broad industry is shifting, growing, and converging. Pick up insider knowledge about how to become an attractive candidate and methods to break into this exciting industry. [link to recording]

Moderator: David L. Long, Director & Associate Professor, RIT MAGIC Center / MAGIC Spell Studios 

Confirmed Panelists:

Dallaslyn Lamb | Art/Work Entertainment Literary Manager
RIT Film and Animation BFA ‘16

Andrea Vestrand | PRG Account Executive, US & Canada

Erin Sarofsky | Sarofsky Corp. Executive Creative Director & Owner
RIT Graphic Design BFA '99

Chris Chapman | Netherrealm Studios Lead Artist, VFX
RIT Film and Animation BFA '99

Student Info 2022

Sign Up for 1:1s

Students sign up in RIT Career Connect for 15-minute, 1:1 time with a creative industry professional. Sign up for 1 time slot begins February 14-16, all remaining time slots February 17-20. DEADLINE EXTENDED! Sign up through Feb 22.

  1. After you login to RIT Career Connect, go to Events > Info Sessions > keyword search CID. The list of companies/agencies whose areas of expertise/interest match up with your major will be listed.
  2. Sign up for one time slot -- your 1st choice: February 14-16
    (Signing up for one slot for the first few days gives as many students as possible the opportunity to meet with an industry professional. Unfortunately, if we see you have signed up for multiple companies, we will remove you from other sign ups at our discretion). 
  3. Sign up for any time slots you are interested in and are still available: February 17-20. DEADLINE EXTENDED! Sign up through Feb 22.
  4. Check your schedule. Each portfolio reviewer is providing their own virtual meeting links (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc). The description for each info session will contain the link you will use to connect with them at the time/day you signed up for. You can check RIT Career Connect > Events > Info Sessions to see what you have signed up for at any time.

If you do not get a chance to speak with who you wanted to you can reach out to your career services coordinator and they can either share their contact info if we have their permission, and talk about other strategies.

Prepare your Portfolio

Increase the odds of creative professionals seeing your work and contacting you about future opportunities. Register to have your work included in the official Student Portfolio Site, where your work remains for up to one year. Your work may be reviewed before the event and by professionals who are unable to attend this year’s event. Check out our Portfolio Preparation page if you need to know how to get started. 

Watch the Videos

Career Talk Panel recordings from past Creative Industry Days available on our Virtual Career Series page.

Apply to Job Postings and Interviews

Check out RIT Career Connect to search for creative opportunities, and sign up for virtual interview slots if you have been selected for interviews. Use the keywords: CID2021 to filter job postings beginning in January.

Interpreting Services

If you need an interpreter, please request one through https://myaccess.rit.edu. (All events will be virtual).

Employer Info 2022

Creative Industry Days is a portfolio-based event, with an emphasis on portfolio reviews, networking, and recruiting. You will have the opportunity to sign up for blocks of time, to meet with students 1:1.

Creative industry professionals get involved for a variety of reasons:

  • Promote their company/agency
  • Impart words of wisdom and career advice (portfolio critiques, career panels)
  • See and connect with talent at RIT
  • Actively recruit and pre-select candidates for job openings (via co-op/internships and full time job listings)

Register

Registration is now closed. Please contact us for other options to connect with, and/or recruit students.

Do you know someone in the creative industry that should be included in future event invitations? Submit contact info for our follow-up.

Managing your 1:1 Portfolio Reviews

If you have already registered, you have chosen day(s) and block(s) of time to meet with students in your virtual meeting room. Each review is 15 minutes in length. Students will sign up for time with you, and you will receive your schedule after the deadline for students has passed.

Portfolios

In addition to meeting with students and having them show you their work during the event. We encourage you to look at what our talented RIT students are creating by visiting the official Student Portfolio Site. Check back as students are continually adding their work. Feel free to reach out to students prior to the event or if you are unable to attend Creative Industry Day this year.

Post a Job. Then choose if you want our assistance in managing your Interview Schedule. 
You can post your job directly in Career Connect powered by Symplicity. An account may have already been created for our employer partners. To check if an account exists, select Forgot Password and enter a username (email address) to receive a reset password link. If an employer partner does not have an account set up, select Sign Up to create a profile and begin posting jobs. 

Access to the Creative Industry Days Portfolio Site and Resume Book will remain available for recruiting talent from RIT.

Please provide feedback about your experience with our virtual event. Surveys will be sent out to participants.

Alumni Info

Launch your career

Did you know as an RIT alumni, you have full-access to Creative Industry Day? Whether you graduated 4 months ago or 5 years ago, employers are excited to meet RIT Tigers from all years of experience.

2022 Participants

  • adidas
  • Adobe
  • Aspyr Media, Inc.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Bottomline Technologies
  • Butler/Till
  • BZDesign, Inc.
  • Cascade Maverik Lacrosse
  • CBX, LLC
  • CGI Digital
  • ChaseDesign
  • CJS Architects
  • CPL
  • creativeplacement
  • Designity
  • Digital Hyve
  • Dixon Schwabl + Company
  • Dots, Inc.
  • DraftKings
  • Enduring Games
  • Epic
  • Flynn
  • Funkitron, Inc.
  • Gannett (The USA Today Network)
  • Greenermind
  • Growler Interactive
  • Havas Helia
  • Helen & Gertrude
  • Hexbug
  • Instrument
  • Iron Galaxy Studios
  • ITX Corp.
  • Jam City Company
  • Kin + Carta
  • Kraemer Design Group, PLC
  • LIXIL Water Technology Americas
  • Magnifi U Inc.
  • MahiGaming
  • Makeway
  • Mattel, Inc.
  • Melissa & Doug
  • MIO
  • Mission Data
  • Netherrealm Studios
  • NewRetirement
  • Ogilvy
  • Orange Sparkle Ball, Inc.
  • Partners + Napier
  • Paychex, Inc.
  • Philips
  • Practis
  • Procter & Gamble (P&G)
  • Proletariat, Inc.
  • Rivet CX
  • Rochester Precision Optics
  • Rockstar Games
  • SandBox Union
  • Savage-Katz Productions, LLC
  • Signing Animation
  • Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Spin Master
  • Synaptech
  • The Article Group
  • The CSI Group
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Thinkingbox
  • Threespot
  • Trusted Media Brands, Inc.
  • Truth Collective
  • Vargas Associates, Inc.
  • Vision On
  • Visual Concepts
  • Vitro
  • WillowTree Apps
  • Work & Co
  • Xerox Corporation
  • Zash Global Media & Entertainment

By the Numbers

520

Career Talks & Panels attendance 2021

925

1:1 portfolio reviews between students and creative industry professionals 2021

351

Students participated in portfolio reviews 2021

60

Companies and agencies participated 2021

85

professionals (more than half RIT alumni) 2021

Contact Us

Questions about the event?
Feel free to reach out to us via our Creative Industry Day: email ocecid@rit.edu.

 

Gretchen Burruto


Associate Director
geboce@rit.edu