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Salary and Career Info

Film and Animation MFA

Ranked in the top 10 by Animation Career Review, graduates of RIT's MFA in animation work at the world's leading animation studios, including Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks, Blue Sky Studios, 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 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

RIT MAGIC Spell Studios; Cartuna; Realwood Studios;  Strong Museum; Mountain House Media; ByteDance


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 78.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 11.00%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 78.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 11.00%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

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 graduate students in the MFA in film and animation.