Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Fine Arts Studio MFA

Program Overview

Develop a mastery of skills to experiment, create, and critique within a supportive, diverse environment devoted to individual growth.

Degrees Awarded

  • Master of Fine Arts


  • Approximately 14 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:    $ID
MFA:       $ID

Student Skills & Capabilities

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. 

Equipment & Facilities

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.

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

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

Selected Employer 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.

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

Shauna Newcomb, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  585.475.5472

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