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Fine Arts Studio MFA

In this fine arts master's degree, you’ll explore the role of contemporary art through painting, printmaking, sculpture, and expanded forms.

Program skills

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

Fine Artist; Studio Artist; Sculptor; Art Teacher; Photographer; Gallery Owner/Assistant; Art Auctioneer; Advertising Director; Mural Artist; Caricaturist; Art Buyer; Print Maker; Greeting Card Artist; Art Exhibit Coordinator; Silkscreen Artist; Exhibit Designer; Museum Curator; Book/Magazine Illustrator; Custom Printer; Retoucher; Art Director (book, editorial); Creative Director; Courtroom 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


  • Design

  • Fashion

  • Higher Education

  • Performing and Fine Arts

  • Retail Stores


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 100.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 100.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%