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Film and Animation BFA

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.

Program skills

During the first year, students choose an area of study (live-action production or animation) and learn the basics of film and audio production in terms of both practice and aesthetics. The core of the four-year curriculum is an organized sequence of productions.  While all students do the basics in all aspects of production, live-action may create individual specialties relative to the genre, technology, and creative specialization.  Animation students typically perform all aspects of short film production themselves but may tailor their education to emphasize desired specialties such as character design, storyboarding, character rigging, etc. By the end of the senior year, students can skillfully direct, shoot, write, edit, and produce their own creative visions and do so in their senior thesis project. Production students also have the option of concentrating on Cinematography, Sound Design, Post Production, Creative Producing, Special Effects/Compositing, and Art Direction.

Program facilities equipment

Facilities are consistent with professional standards and in most instances represent the most advanced state-of-the-art systems. Students have access to Soundstage B, Editing Suites, a Narration Room, and more. 

Program job titles

3D Modeling and Character Designer; Art Director; Camera Operator; CG Painter; CG Lighting PD/TD; Character Animator; Digital Paint Artist; Director; Editor; Effects Animator; Layout Artist; Key Grip; Post-production; Producer; Production Manager; Production Sound Mixer; Screenwriter; Supervising Sound Editor; Visual Effects Supervisor; Writer; Animator; Broadcast Technician; Gaffer; Production Runner; Visual Designer

Select program hiring partners

The Walt Disney Company; Growler Interactive; Buffalo Bills; Bit Reactor, LLC; Royal Caribbean Cruises; Optic Sky Productions; Duolingo; Nexstar Media; Smiley Guy Studios; Spindlehorse Toons; C41 Media, Duke & Duck; NetEase Games


Outcome Rates for Film and Animation BFA

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 60.01%
Full-time Graduate Study 3.33%
Alternative Plans 3.33%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 60.01%
Full-time Graduate Study 3.33%
Alternative Plans 3.33%

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. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries.

Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. Co-op in the College of Art and Design provides 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.

Cooperative education, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities are strongly encouraged for students in the BFA in film and animation.

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.