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Rochester Institute of Technology

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

Rochester, NY


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Rochester Institute of Technology


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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Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Master of Science (MS)
Master of Science in Teaching (MST)
(Advanced Certificate)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 40
Other Advanced Degrees 6

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? Yes


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline February 15th February 15th Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.0 (recommended), portfolio (for some programs)

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Teaching Assistantships
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 3.41%
Black or African American 1.24%
White or Caucasian 22%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 4.02%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2.48%
Unknown 2.17%


Male (34%)
Female (65%)


Focus of faculty research: User 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 year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 55 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY  14623
United States
Contact Dr. Robin Cass
Interim Dean
Phone: 585-475-2683