Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

3D Digital Design BFA

Program Overview

Design 3D computer graphics for gaming, virtual worlds, augmented reality, medical and scientific simulations, data visualizations, motion and broadcast graphics, architectural and engineering modeling, instructional multimedia, museum exhibits, and more.

Learn more about this program on the RIT program page

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts


  • Approximately 123 students are enrolled in this program

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is optional for this program
  • Minimum co-op requirement: N/A
  • Co-op availability: N/A

Salary Information

Co-op: $24.53           $15.00 - $29.30

Student Skills & Capabilities

·         Design
·         Teamwork & leadership
·         Problem solving & critical thinking
·         Concept development & implementation
·         Game level & virtual world design
·         Motion graphics & animation
·         3D modeling, lighting, shading, & rendering
·         Programming & scripting
·         Particles and dynamics
·         Compositing, visual effects, green screen
·         Projections, tangible media
·         3D printing
·         Designing characters, vehicles, & environments
·         Rigging & controls
·         Motion capture
·         Digital sculpting
·         Virtual & augmented reality
·         Digital graphics in with dance, music & theatre


National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Equipment & Facilities

Extensive laboratory facilities (15 labs with over $40M in up-to-date equipment) are housed within the College of Art and Design.

Labs are state-of-the-art, featuring the latest software packages used in design, art, printing, publishing, photography, and film for traditional and digital production.

Software: Maya, Motion Builder, After Effects, Python, OSC, Adobe Production Studio Premium, Final Cut Pro, Renderman, Synth Eyes, Mud Box, Toxik, Painter, Filter Forge, Unreal Engine, Vue, Orange Box Valve, Crysis, Mokey, Fast Track

Hardware: Macs, PCs, 3D digitizer, haptic modeler, 3D printers, large format printers, Organic Motion motion capture suite, green screen

Studios: Downstairs Digital Studio with Macs and PCs, Motion Capture Suite, Installation/Performance Studio, Game Room, ProCam Studio, Tangible Interface Studio, Stereo Studio, Resource Room

Job Titles

Technical Artist, Texture Artist, Digital Sculptor, Visualization Arts, Lighting TD, Concept Artist, Special Effects Artist, Character Artist, Digital Art Designer, Forensic Artist, User Interface Artist, Rigger, Motion Graphics Artist

Significant Points

  • Named by Business Week as one of the top 10 design schools in the country and one of the top 40 in the world, RIT's Design School is also highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report and Design Intelligence.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Activision Blizzard, American Girl, Autodesk, Bethesda Softworks, Blue Sky Studios, Broderbund, BrokenMyth Studios, Darkwind Media Ltd., Disney Online, Dreamworks, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, ESPN, Flexasoft, Industrial Light and Magic, iVEDix Inc., KIXEYE, Microsoft Game Studios, Moonbot Studios, Nintendo, Partners + Napier, Rock Star Games, Sony Pictures Imageworks, THQ Digital Studios, ThreeWire Systems LLC, Ubisoft, WB Games

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact James Bondi, the career services coordinator who works with the 3D Digital Design program. You can access information about services through our web site at    
James T. Bondi, Associate Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603