Production Option - Film and Animation BFA

Develop and refine your creative approach as you produce innovative and artistic cinema.

Overview for Production Option - Film and Animation BFA

  • Spend a semester in Los Angeles with Study Away: LA, RIT's semester in LA where you can intern at top studios and entertainment companies, and take two courses to complement the study-away experience.
  • Explore fictional, documentary, and experimental live-action filmmaking.

As a student in the production option within the film and animation BFA program, you will explore fictional, documentary, and experimental live-action filmmaking. With insightful and accomplished faculty teaching in state-of-the-art facilities, students receive an unparalleled film education. This option is part of the film and animation BFA program.

This path focuses on production through visual and sound artistry utilizing hands-on experience with the camera, editing, and sound equipment. Students will understand the aesthetic principles of the art form and develop a range of technical skills while producing creative work from day one until graduation. Students also have access to labs and classrooms equipped with the latest software, technology, sound, and screening options to complete any project.

RIT offers more production experience than its peers and, as a result, draws students from all over the world. Students write scripts, recruit actors and crew, research documentary subjects, edit, mix soundtracks, live through critiques and screenings, and wait for the applause. This option requires many exercises and a minimum of three significant works, one of which is a year-long senior thesis. Students have been finalists in the Student Academy Awards while multiple production alumni have won Primetime Emmy Awards due in part to the extensive practical experience they received at RIT.

Graduates are qualified to begin careers in the industry or create their own independent productions. Work produced by students and alumni has been consistently honored with awards at international and national festivals.

Study Filmmaking in LA

Study Away: LA gives film and animation majors the opportunity to spend a semester in Los Angeles learning from industry professionals. The bulk of your time will be spent at internships, but you'll also complete two courses that will complement your study-away experience. Learn more about Study Away: LA and how you can gain industry experience in traditional filmmaking, animation, or cutting-edge areas like virtual production in Los Angeles, the epicenter of the global entertainment universe. 



  • Movies, TV, and Music

  • Writing and Editing

Careers and Experiential Learning

Typical Job Titles

Agent Chief Lighting Technician
Creative Director Director
Documentary Filmmaker Experimental Artist
Producer Production Manager
Production Sound Mixer Supervising Sound Editor
Visual Effects Supervisor Writer

Cooperative Education and Internships

What’s different about an RIT education? It’s the career experience you gain by completing cooperative education and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart.

Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. Co-op in the College of Art and Design provides hands-on experience that enables you to apply your artistic capabilities in dynamic professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and real-world applications.

Students in the production option are strongly encouraged to complete a cooperative education or internship experience.

Creative Industry Day

RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education hosts Creative Industry Day, which connects students majoring in art, design, film and animation, photography, and select computing majors with companies, organizations, creative agencies, design firms, and more. You’ll be able to network with company representatives and interview directly for open co-op and permanent employment positions.

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Admissions and Financial Aid

This option is part of the Film and Animation BFA. Please visit the degree program page for admission requirements.

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

100% of all incoming first-year and transfer students receive aid.

RIT’s personalized and comprehensive financial aid program includes scholarships, grants, loans, and campus employment programs. When all these are put to work, your actual cost may be much lower than the published estimated cost of attendance.
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