Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

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Motion Picture Science BS

Program Overview

The School of Film and Animation’s Motion Picture Science program is one of the first of its kind in the nation, providing a science and engineering education in the fundamental imaging technologies used for the motion picture industry.  By joining a core curriculum in practical film-making from the College of Art and Design and image science from the College of Science, this program trains students in the art and science of feature film, television, and animation production.  Topics include film and digital image capture, film scanning, digital image manipulation, color science, visual effects, and digital and traditional projection.  Further, new facilities at RIT will provide students hands-on experience with the same equipment being used in major motion picture production today.
Utilizing research, critical thinking, creativity, and a range of problem solving principles, students are taught to address complex motion imaging workflow issues within the constraints of time, space, budget, and technology.  Graduates of the BS program will enjoy varied career opportunities, from feature film and television post-production to imaging equipment design to essential motion imaging technology research and development.  Within the motion picture industry, graduates of this program will command considerable attention thanks to training that places them at a substantial advantage versus more traditional engineering degree recipients.

By combining a fundamental and directed engineering curriculum with traditional film and animation fine arts courses, the Motion Picture Science program provides participating students a unique educational experience.  At its core, the program draws on the strengths of RIT’s image science heritage while concurrently providing a foundation in the art of film-making.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science


  • 60 students currently enrolled

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Students have the option of participating in a co-operative education/internship program as a part of their degree and are strongly encouraged to do so.

Salary Information

Co-op:   $15.00                   $10.00 - $20.30
BS:         $60,000

Equipment & Facilities

MAGIC Spell Studios, a 52,000-square-foot-facility, opening in the fall of 2018, began as a commercial studio based in RIT’s Student Innovation Hall that has been developing and publishing digital media since 2013. The new facility features a 7,000 square foot state-of-the-art sound stage, professional sound mixing and color correction theaters, and numerous labs and production facilities. The main theater is the first of its kind in western New York featuring 4K laser projection and Dolby Atmos audio. A close-knit community of faculty and student game designers, programmers, filmmakers, and animators will collaborate with industry partners to build entertainment and interactive experiences from the proof-of-concept stage into commercially viable products. Outside film producers will also have the opportunity to use the soundstage and to hire student filmmakers to work on independent films and productions. Motion picture science majors in the School of Film and Animation will be able to advance their research pursuits and work on state-of-the-art industry equipment. In addition to these academic and research missions, MAGIC Spell Studios is also built to support and incubate entrepreneurial activities in Western New York, encouraging students and faculty to start studios and grow the games and digital media landscape in the region.
State-of-the art equipment and theaters for the production, post-production, and exhibition of student projects.  The facility also serves as home to major digital cinema equipment and color grading tools consistent with that found at top post-production houses around the world.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Employers who have offered Internships for Motion Picture Science Students
Abel Cine Tech, Apple, CNBC, Discovery, Disney, Dolby, Harris, HBO, Imatest, IMAX, Library of Congress, Light Iron, NBCUniversal, Paramount, Technicolor
Employers of Motion Picture Science Graduating Students

Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Apple, Arri, Cantina Creative VFX, Company3, Deluxe Laboratories, Dolby, ESPN, Exelis, FilmLight,, Harris, Imatest, IMAX, Light Iron, Lytro, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Quad Tech, Sinclair Broadcast, Sony, Technicolor, Tylie Jones, Viacom

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 Motion Picture Science 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

David Long, Undergraduate Program Director, BS Motion Picture Science
College of Art and Design
RIT. Bldg 7B. 70 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester, NY  14623-5604
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