Art and Design

Nationally ranked and internationally acclaimed, RIT’s art and design programs produce fearless professionals who know how to bring ideas to life. By combining creativity with innovation, you will learn to use art to push the boundaries of your imagination and employ design to drive development in the quest for solutions.

Design 3D computer graphics for gaming, virtual worlds, augmented reality, medical and scientific simulations, data visualizations, motion and broadcast graphics, architectural and engineering modeling, instructional multimedia, museum exhibits, and more.

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Master the concepts of 3D graphics to craft a range of creative solutions for animation and multimedia projects.

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At a time of significant transition in the profession, RIT's architecture program allows for full incorporation of the skills and knowledge critical to the 21st century architect. The program produces broad-thinking architects well grounded in the principles and practices of sustainability who can apply their knowledge and talents to the architectural problems posed by the modern city.

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The BFA program in ceramics has become part of the School of Art in the College of Art and Design. Students interested in studying ceramics should refer to the option within the BFA program in studio arts or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

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Enhance your artistic expression through the study of aesthetic and theory.

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People who work in the design and imaging field are responsible for designing, organizing, and producing print and web-based media for business, communication, publishing, manufacturing, entertainment, and advertising markets. This is a very large, exciting field that requires a variety of computer-based and traditional visual skills. The design and imaging technology major provides opportunities for students to enter various careers ranging from creative to highly technical positions at various degree levels. This program is only available to students seeking admission to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

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People who work in the design and imaging field are responsible for designing, organizing, and producing print and Web-based media for business, communication, publishing, manufacturing, entertainment, and advertising markets. This is a large, exciting field that requires a variety of computer-based and traditional visual skills. The design and imaging technology major provides opportunities for students to enter various careers ranging from creative to highly technical positions at various degree levels. This program is only available to students seeking admission to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

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The BFA program in fine arts studio has been renamed studio arts and now includes additional areas of study. Students interested in studying ceramics, expanded forms, furniture design, glass, metals and jewelry design, printmaking, painting, or sculpture should refer to the BFA program in studio arts and contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for additional information.

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

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An intensive course of study combining foundations in art and design with two years of study in woodworking and furniture design. For individuals not seeking the BFA or MFA degree, the Associate degree will provide you with many of the fundamentals to begin a career in woodworking and furniture design.

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The BFA program in furniture design has become part of the School of Art in the College of Art and Design. Students interested in studying furniture design should refer to the option within the BFA program in studio arts or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

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Advance your personal aesthetic through the study of contemporary practices and critical reflection.

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The BFA program in glass has become part of the School of Art in the College of Art and Design. Students interested in studying glass should refer to the option within the BFA program in studio arts or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

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Dive deeper into your examination of glass as you develop your artistic expression through research, experimentation, and in-depth critiques.

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Integrate design principles, methods, concepts, images, words, and ideas to convey distinct, visually compelling messages to an audience.

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Traditional drawing skills, the latest digital imaging technologies, and sculpted dimensional methods combine for effective visual communication.

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From athletic wear to stereo systems and medical devices, create and develop products for both consumers and manufacturers.

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Explore design theory, design history, and human-centered design as you create a range of consumer products

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Further your understanding of the design process as you prepare to work with creative development teams.

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Design history, building structure and systems, space planning, and design process are used to create inspiring, purposeful interior environments.

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Creating everything from advertisements, illustrations, and signage to print and digital communications, maps, and more to effectively communicate information an audience needs.

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Deepen your understanding of the importance of graphic communication and immerse yourself in the technologies that are changing the industry.

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Combining art and science to create anatomical and surgical sketches for instructional illustrations, courtroom exhibitions, computer graphics, and more—all to aid the understanding of medical and health conditions.

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Collaborating with scientists and physicians, medical illustrators transform complex information into visual images that are used in education, research, patient care, public relations, legal cases, and marketing efforts.

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Challenge traditional ways of thinking as you create works that leave a lasting impression.

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The BFA program in metals and jewelry design has become part of the School of Art in the College of Art and Design. Students interested in studying metals and jewelry design should refer to the option within the BFA program in studio arts or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

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At the intersection of visual communication, design strategy, technology, and user experience design, new media designers are the innovative thinkers, designers, and creators of the next generation of digital media.

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Gain comprehensive knowledge of printmaking and aesthetic applications through design, principles, production, and print creation.

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Acquire the conceptual and technical skills to succeed as a creative professional in ceramics, expanded forms, furniture design, glass, metals and jewelry design, printmaking, painting, or sculpture.

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If you are passionate about visual arts and design but aren’t ready to commit to a specific major, the undeclared art and design option will give you an opportunity to explore your interests. Throughout your first year, you’ll take foundation courses that will introduce you to multiple areas of visual art and design, including materials, techniques, and theory. You’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of each art and design major, enabling you to identify the program that best meets your interests and career aspirations. Ultimately, you’ll gain a better understanding of the career path you want to pursue.

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Sharpen your own artistic abilities as you prepare to teach the next generation of artists and creators.

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By fully understanding the importance of the user experience and the various aspects of digital design, your work can fuel technological innovation.

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