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Salary and Career Info

3D Digital Design BFA

3D design includes everything from computer graphics for gaming, virtual worlds, augmented reality, medical and scientific simulations, data visualizations, motion and broadcast graphics, architectural and engineering modeling, instructional multimedia, museum exhibits, and more.

Program skills

From day one, students begin learning and using the same software that professionals use in related fields. Through state-of-the-art labs, students obtain skills in: game level and virtual world design, motion graphics and animation, 3D modeling, 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality, and character, vehicle, and environment designs. Student’s hands-on experience provides a background in concept development and implementation, programming and scripting, composition, visual effects, green screen, and motion capture.

Program facilities equipment

Fifteen state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are housed within the College of Art and Design featuring over $40M in up-to-date equipment and software packages.


Downstairs Digital Studio with Macs and PCs, Motion Capture Suite, Installation/Performance Studio, Game Room, ProCam Studio, Tangible Interface Studio, Stereo Studio, Resource Room


Maya, Motion Builder, After Effects, Python, OSC, Adobe Production Studio Premium, Final Cut Pro, Renderman, Synth Eyes, Mud Box, Toxik, Painter, Filter Forge, Unreal Engine, Vue, Orange Box Valve, Crysis, Mokey, Fast Track


Macs, PCs, 3D digitizer, haptic modeler, 3D printers, large format printers, Organic Motion Capture suite, green screen

Program job titles reported

AR/VR Designer; Architectural Modeler; Character Artist/Designer; CG Artist; Concept Artist; Digital Art Designer; Digital Asset Designer; Digital Sculptor; Environment Designer; Forensic Artist; Game Designer; Game Developer; Level Designer; Lighting Technical Director (TD); Motion Graphics Artist; Rigger; Special Effects Artist; Technical Artist; Texture Artist; User Interface Artist; Visualization Artist

Select program hiring partners

Activision Blizzard, Broderbund, Darkwind Media Ltd, Disney Online, Dreamworks, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, ESPN, Johnson & Johnson,  Microsoft Game Studios, Moonbot Studio, Nintendo, Partners + Napier, RIT MAGIC Spell Studios LLC, Rock Star Games, Sony Pictures Imageworks, THQ Digital Studios, Ubisoft, Sony Interactive Entertainment America (Sony PlayStation)


  • Design

  • Animation

  • Advertising, PR, and Marketing

  • Internet and Software

  • Movies, TV, and Music

  • Computer Games

  • Non-Profit

  • Retail Stores


Outcome Rates

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 100.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 100.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education and Internships

What’s different about an RIT education? It’s the career experience you gain by completing cooperative education and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart.

Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. Your art and design co-ops will provide hands-on experience that enables you to apply your artistic capabilities in dynamic professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and real-world applications.

Students in the 3D digital design degree are strongly encouraged to complete a cooperative education or internship experience.

Creative Industry Day

RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education hosts Creative Industry Day, which connects students majoring in art, design, film and animation, photography, and select computing majors with companies, organizations, creative agencies, design firms, and more. You’ll be able to network with company representatives and interview directly for open co-op and permanent employment positions.