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.
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 reported
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
Royal Caribbean Cruises; Optic Sky Productions; Laika; Duolingo; Wegmans Food Markets; The Mill; Nexstar Media; Smiley Guy Studios; Spindlehorse Toons; C41 Media, Duke & Duck; DICK's Sporting Goods; Lemur; SuperWorld; RIT MAGIC Spell Studios; Minds i; NetEase Games
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Cooperative Education and Internships
What makes an RIT education exceptional? It’s the ability to complete with real, relevant career experience that sets you apart. In the College of Art and Design experiential learning includes cooperative education and internships, international experiences, multidisciplinary projects, industry partnerships, and more. Participating in these opportunities is not only possible at RIT, but passionately encouraged.
Cooperative education, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities are optional but 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.