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Studio Arts BFA

Acquire the conceptual and technical skills to succeed as a creative professional in ceramics, expanded forms, furniture design, glass, metals and jewelry design, printmaking, painting, or sculpture.

Program skills

Students acquire the conceptual and technical skills to succeed as a creative professional in one of eight options: ceramics, expanded forms, furniture design, glass, metals and jewelry design, printmaking, painting, or sculpture. 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. Students are educated to pursue successful careers as artists and they have an understanding of the historical development of the arts.
 

Program facilities equipment

The college provides several art production studios and digital labs for students in all programs. The computer lab facilities offer the latest equipment software and support devices, as well as immediate access for students. Fine Arts Studio, Illustration, and Medical Illustration offer individual studio spaces in various locations to junior and senior level students who request them. All of the School of Art classrooms are designed for the specialized needs of each degree program. The Bevier Gallery features the work of contemporary and historical artists, illustrators, craftsmen, graphic artists, faculty, and students. Wallace Library houses an extensive art collection and serves as a comprehensive resource for reference and research.

Program job titles reported

Advertising Director; Appraiser; Art Auctioneer; Art Buyer; Art Director; Art Exhibit Coordinator; Art Teacher; Artistic Director; Book/Magazine Illustrator; Caricaturist; Courtroom Artist; Craft Artist; Creative Director; Custom Printer; Designer; Exhibit Coordinator; Exhibit Designer; Exhibition Curator; Fine Artist; Furniture Designer; Gaffer; Gallery Director; Gallery Owner/Curator; Gallery Preparator; Glass Artist; Glass Education; Greeting Card Artist; Independent Artist; Jeweler; Mural Artist; Museum Curator; Painter; Photographer; Print Maker; Professional Artist Assistant; Public Demonstration Artist; Sculptor; Silkscreen Artist; Small Business Owner/Operator; Studio Artist; Studio Technician

Select program hiring partners

Art museums (university, public and private), galleries, archives, art studios, school and community programs, colleges and universities, auction houses, historical societies, private/local arts councils, advertising agencies, community college, public school district, art gallery, self-employed.

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education and Internships

What’s different about an RIT education? It’s the career experience you gain by completing cooperative education and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. 

Cooperative education, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities are optional but strongly encouraged for students in the BFA in studio arts.