College of Imaging Arts and Sciences Rochester Institute of Technology

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, NY
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Tuition Cost Not Reported
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February 15
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16 Departments and Programs
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Rochester Institute of Technology

Established in 1829, the Rochester Institute of Technology is a private, coeducational university located in Rochester, New York in the northeastern region of the United States. 

A leader in preparing students for careers in the dynamic global environment, the university has a diverse range of programs from engineering, science, and technology to the arts, business, education, humanities, and social sciences. It consists of 9 colleges that provide career-oriented programs and experiential learning. 

More than 19,000 students who come from every state in the nation and over 100 countries attend this internationally-renowned university. In fact, U.S. News and World Report has consistently ranked Rochester Institute of Technology within the top 10 universities in the northern region of the United States since 1983. Last year, RIT provided more than $24 million in aid to 2,600 graduate students.

The College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

The College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (CIAS) at Rochester Institute of Technology is one of the nation's leading universities in art, crafts, design, film, and technology. 

CIAS provides an energetic and creative environment where art and technology come together to inspire students to reach their full creative and academic potential. 

It consists of 6 schools and has more than 30 programs that cover a range of fine art production from centuries-old methods to technologically-advanced digital techniques.

Schools in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

The School of Art offers career-oriented degree programs in fine arts studio (i.e., painting, printmaking, sculpture, and new forms), illustration, and medical illustration. The School of Film and Animation also offers programs that prepare students for careers in the industry or as independent filmmakers and practitioners. 

Furthermore, the School of American Crafts provides programs in which faculty and students work together in small classes that enable students to receive individualized attention. The studio-intensive School of Design also provides personalized attention that helps students develop the creative, problem-solving, and technical skills needed to become successful designers. 

In addition, the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, which provides education in both the creative and technical aspects of photography, allows students to pursue areas of special interest. Lastly, the School of Media Sciences has programs that emphasize current technologies for electronic publishing, new media publishing, and digital print systems.

Master's Degree Programs in the College of Imaging Arts

The College of Imaging Arts offers 14 graduate programs.

- Architecture M.Arch
- Art Education (Visual Art--All Grades) MST
- Ceramics MFA
- Film and Animation MFA
- Fine Arts Studio MFA
- Furniture Design MFA
- Glass MFA
- Photography & Related Media MFA
- Industrial Design MFA
- Media Arts & Technology MS
- Medical Illustration MFA
- Metals and Jewelry Design MFA
- Print Media MS
- Visual Communication Design MFA (graphics design)

State-of-the-Art Facilities and Equipment

Rochester Institute of Technology provides impressive resources that consist of state-of-the-art facilities including studios, exhibit spaces, production centers, dark rooms, and digital labs. 

It also has modern equipment including computers, scanners, printers, monitor tablets, and three-dimensional digitizers as well as a wide-variety of current software applications.

Faculty Members in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

Faculty members are excellent teachers who help their students learn how to create, examine, reproduce, and display their work. They are also dedicated mentors who offer students the support and insight needed to succeed.

For example, Therese Mulligan Ph.D., professor and administrative chair for the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, has a distinguished career in the arts and arts education. Prior to her appointment at RIT, she was the curator of photography at George Eastman House where she organized exhibitions and wrote and edited materials about historical and contemporary photography.

She continues to contribute articles and essays to a variety of publications and journals including the book "500 Cameras: 150 Years of Photographic Innovation" by Todd Gustavson.

Research at RIT

RIT is on the cutting-edge of research in many areas that advance creative expression, technology, science, education, and human and environmental health. For example, researchers in the field of imaging arts are transforming imaging applications and advancing the creative arts.

It also undertakes the global challenges of sustainability through interdisciplinary programs that combine economics and public policy with engineering and science. Additionally, it has interdisciplinary research programs that address biological, health care, and medical challenges.

Graduate Student Research

The Office of Graduate Studies helps students succeed in their research endeavors. For example, they sponsor workshops about grant writing and host the Graduate Research Symposia, which highlights students' and faculty's research achievements.

In addition, the Center for Student Innovation provides facilities where students, faculty members, partners, and mentors from numerous disciplines can come together to share ideas and create new innovations, theories, processes, and information.

Students also receive guidance from their teachers and advisers when completing their master's theses and projects.

Graduate Student Life at RIT

Innovative program curricula, talented faculty members, research support, and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, are just some of the resources that help graduate students excel at RIT.

The university also provides a full range of support services including health care, counseling, parking, and shuttle bus transportation as well as a limited amount of on campus housing. Academic resources include academic advising, special library services for graduate students, and a wide range of computing services. 

RIT also has more than 250 clubs and organizations as well as numerous recreational activities and events. 

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Location & Contact

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

Rochester Institute of Technology

55 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
United States

Dr. Robin Cass

Interim Dean

Phone: 585-475-2683

Diane Ellison

Senior Associate Vice President, Graduate Enrollment Services

Phone: 585-475-2229
Fax: 585-475-7164

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Advanced Certificate
      Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
      Master of Science (MS)
      Master of Science in Teaching (MST)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 40
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 6
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


43% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 683
    • Accepted 299
    • Acceptance Rate 43
    • Enrolled 103
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $65
    • Application Fee - International $65
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 15th February 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, minimum GPA of 3.0 (recommended), portfolio (for some programs)
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students323
    • Female Percentage66%
    • Male Percentage34%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students323
    • Part-time Percentage28%
    • Full-time Percentage72%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American1%
    • White / Caucasian22%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown or International Student67%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchUser centered design; cross-media publishing and digital content management, computer-aided design; virtual reality; motion graphics for design and interaction
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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