Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Motion Picture Science BS

Program Overview

Science and engineering combine with imaging technologies used in the motion picture industry to prepare students for research engineering roles at technology and entertainment powerhouses like Sony, Technicolor, and Dolby or technical post-production positions in digital color correction, sound design, visual effects, and more.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science


  • Approximately 60 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:   $14.42                   $11.00 - $20.00
BS:         $ID

Student Skills & Capabilities

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 enjoy a variety of career opportunities, from feature film and television post-production to imaging equipment design and essential motion-imaging technology research and development.

Equipment & Facilities

MAGIC Spell Studios, a 52,000-square-foot-facility, 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.

Job Titles

Color Scientist, Entertainer, Data IO Technician, Support Engineer, Color Science Technician, Media Archivist

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Cirque Du Soleil, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Technicolor, Light Iron, Portrait Displays

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact your career services coordinator who works with the Motion Picture Science 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