Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Film and Animation BFA

Program Overview

Focus on production, screenwriting, 2D animation, 3D animation, or stop motion animation, while exploring the artistic, technical, historical, and business aspects of the motion picture industry.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts


  • Approximately 220 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:     $14.00        $13.00 - $15.00
BFA:         $33,280

Student Skills & Capabilities

During the first year, students choose an area of study (live-action production or animation) and learn the basics of film and audio production in terms of both practice and aesthetics.  The core of the four-year curriculum is an organized sequence of productions.  While all students do the basics in all aspects of production, live-action may create individual specialties relative to the genre, technology, and creative specialization.  Animation students typically perform all aspects of short film production themselves but may tailor their education to emphasize desired specialties such as character design, storyboarding, character rigging, etc. By the end of the senior year, students can skillfully direct, shoot, write, edit, and produce their own creative visions and do so in their senior thesis project. Production students also have the option of concentrating on Cinematography, Sound Design, Post Production, Creative Producing, Special Effects/Compositing, and Art Direction.

Equipment & Facilities

Facilities are consistent with professional standards and in most instances represent the most advanced state-of-the-art systems. Students have access to Soundstage B, Editing Suites, a Narration Room, and more. 

Job Titles

Production Assistant, Freelance Photographer, Sales Operation Specialist, Social Media Content Producer, 3d Visual Artist, Media Editor, Digital Content Creator, Freelance 2D Animator

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Walt Disney Feature Animation, Pixar Animation, The Third Floor, Blue Sky Studios, Dreamworks Animation, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Crossroad Films, paper Airplane, The Mill, DMX Media, Stoopid Buddy Studios, Bix Pix Entertainment, Starburns Industries, BuzzFeed, Echo Lake Entertainment

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Morgan Faas, the career services coordinator who works with the Film and Animation program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Nan Burgess-Whitman, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  585.475.5469

Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603