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Salary and Career Info

Film and Animation MFA

Graduates of RIT’s film and animation MFA work as artists, filmmakers, and storytellers at the world’s leading animation and live-action studios, including Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks, and Nickelodeon.

Program skills

MFA students can develop skills in their area of expertise through exercise skill-based classes in lighting, animation, performance, cinematography, editing, directing, model building, computer compositing, and elective courses in the other CAD departments. This includes Photography, Computer Science, Gaming, Teaching, Design and Illustration and additional history and aesthetics classes in Film.

Program facilities equipment

Students have access to facilities like the theater, editing studios, and stop motion studios.

Program job titles

Character Animator; Director; Effects Animator; Producer; 3D Modeler; Editor; 3D Technical Artist; Production Manager; Storyboard Artist; Screenwriter; Character Designer; Sound Mixer or Editor; Fabricator; Cinematographer

Select program hiring partners

NextCorps; Childhood Cancer Society; RIT MAGIC Spell Studios; Realwood Studios; Strong Museum; Mountain House Media


Outcome Rates for Film and Animation MFA

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 66.67%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 66.67%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education and Internships

What makes an RIT education exceptional? It’s the ability to complete relevant, hands-on career experience. At the graduate level, and paired with an advanced degree, cooperative education and internships give you the unparalleled credentials that truly set you apart. Learn more about graduate co-op and how it provides you with the career experience employers look for in their next top hires.

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 optional but strongly encouraged for graduate students in the MFA in film and animation.