This master's in fine arts explores the role of contemporary art through painting, printmaking, sculpture, and expanded forms.
Students acquire the conceptual and technical skills to succeed as a creative professional with an understanding of the historical development of the arts. Electives can enhance their skills and allow them to pursue an area of interest: Graphic Design, Illustration, Graphic Visualization, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Environmental Design, Ceramics, Glass, Metals, Textiles, Woodworking, Introduction to Filmmaking, Still Photography, and Imaging Technology.
Program facilities equipment
Art production studios, digital labs, and equipment in all areas of design, arts, and crafts. Classrooms are designed for the specialized needs of each program option. Studio Arts offer individual studio spaces to junior and senior-level students. The Bevier Gallery features the work of artists, illustrators, craftspeople, graphic artists, faculty, and students. Wallace Library houses an extensive art collection and serves as a resource for reference and research. RIT’s Gallery r is an off-campus student-managed art gallery that is administered by the School of Art and serves as an educational laboratory site and visual arts venue for all RIT College of Art and Design students.
Program job titles reported
Art Teacher; Fine Artist; Assistant Archivist; Gallery Director; Mural Artist; Studio Artist
Program significant points
- 62% of artists are self-employed, according to the U.S. Department of Labor
- More employment opportunities exist in the larger markets of metropolitan areas
- Consider developing skills in business management, computers, marketing, and other related areas to increase marketability
- A career in the arts takes talent, dedication, patience, flexibility, and some luck
Select program hiring partners
Cary Graphic Arts Collection, Lazarus Industries LLC, White Pillars Gallery, Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, Washington Architectural Foundation
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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 graduate students in the MFA in fine arts studio.