Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Fine Arts Studio BFA

Program Overview

The School of Art educates students to be fine artists who contribute to their professions, communicate effectively within their disciplines, have a lifelong attitude of inquiry, and make a positive impact on society. The School of Art fulfills this mission through its nationally recognized programs. We promote an innovative educational community that balances expression, imaginative problem solving, aesthetic understanding, critical thinking, and creativity within a studio environment. Gallery r, an art gallery in downtown Rochester, operated by Sunny of Art students, solidifies the learning experience by bringing the work of our students to the greater Rochester community.

The educational objectives of the School of Art are to encourage imagination, creative ability, and artistic discrimination; develop the skills essential for professional competence; relate the various arts and help students find the means to enjoy them; and incorporate studies in the College of Liberal Arts for social and cultural growth, inspiring students to make maximum contributions as creative artists and citizens.  

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts


  • Approximately 90 students

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Cooperative education, internships, or freelance work is optional and encouraged

Salary Information

Co-op:                 Insufficient Data
BFA/MFA:            Insufficient Data

Student Skills & Capabilities

  • Educated to pursue successful careers as artists.
  •  Drawing two- and three-dimensional design and creative sources.
  •  Fine Arts Studio emphasizes painting,
  • printmaking, sculpture and new forms. 
  •  Blending of tradition with contemporary artistic vision and practice. 
  •  Understanding of the historical development of the arts.
  •  Students have the opportunity to select electives that enhance their studies or allow them to pursue an area of personal or professional interest. Electives are available in the following areas: Graphic Design, Illustration, Graphic Visualization, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Fine Arts Studio, Environmental Design, Ceramics, Glass, Metals, Textiles, Woodworking, Introduction to Filmmaking, Still Photography, and Imaging Technology

Equipment & Facilities

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.
Supported by RIT, Gallery r is an off-campus student managed art gallery that is administered by the School of Art of the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences. Gallery r actively educates and encourages.
viewers to examine the relevance of art and cultural exposure in their own lives. The gallery serves as an educational laboratory site and visual arts venue for all RIT College of Imaging Arts and Sciences students.

Training / Qualifications

Formal schooling beyond a high school diploma is rarely required for craft and fine artists. However, it is difficult to gain adequate artistic skills without some formal education in the fine arts.  Many artists pursue postsecondary education and take classes or earn degrees that can improve their skills and job prospects.  A bachelor's and/or master's degrees in fine arts is an excellent way to gain this training.  A certificate in an art-related specialty is another way to gain artistic skills.

Job Titles

Potential Job Titles:
Fine artist, studio artist, sculptor, art teacher, photographer, gallery owner/assistant, website coordinator/art gallery, 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.

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
  • Gain valuable experience by volunteering, internships, part-time and summer jobs, and apprenticeships
  • 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
  • Save artwork for a strong portfolio

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Potential Employers:
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.

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 Fine Arts Studio program. You can access information about services through our web site at

Morgan Faas, 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