School of Design
The School of Design is ranked among the best, with Business Week naming it one of the top 10 design schools in the country. Effective design combined with creativity and professionalism are the school’s tenets. Using both technological and theoretical approaches to find solutions to design problems, students work with award-winning faculty who are creatives, critical thinkers, and innovative problem-solvers. Students have access to state-of-the art laboratories and computer facilities as well as the Cary Graphic Arts Collection and the entire archive of renowned designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli, housed in RIT’s Vignelli Center for Design Studies.
Number of designs from the industrial design program’s Metaproject senior studio that are currently in production through various companies.
Our Fab Lab is equipped with 12 3D printers - in addition to laser cutters, CNC routing devices and other technology - to complete submitted projects by students, faculty, and staff.
Faculty are professional members or affiliates of more than 20 national, international, and local organizations.
December 17, 2021
Clearing the Air with Jason “Lt. Facemelter” Farnan
The Geva Journal features Jason Farnan ’03 (graphic design), also known as decorated air guitarist Lt. Facemelter.
December 14, 2021
Students receive portfolio reviews from top designers
For her Professional Practices class, Assistant Professor Keli DiRisio organized more than 150 portfolio review sessions in which students gained insight from professionals working in their preferred design discipline.
December 13, 2021
Innovation Square invites college students to downtown living
Some communities are known as college towns, but developers are hoping downtown Rochester becomes a college city, as they offer high-rise housing for students from several area colleges, including RIT.
New Media Design Portfolio Showcase
How can design do good? From games, apps and installations, students from the New Media Design program create exciting new experiences.
Visual Communication Design MFA students to dive deep into emerging and future design, technology, interaction and motion trends.
3D Digital Design Reel
A compilation of student work from the last few years.
Building a Virtual Production Curriculum
Supported by a $275,000 MegaGrant from Epic Games, MAGIC Spell Studios has brought groundbreaking research and filmmaking techniques to RIT.
Medical Device Designs
RIT students in the Industrial Design (BFA and MFA) and Graphic Design programs showcased the power of industry partnership as they worked with medical technology company Stryker to design home...
Adam Smith, Marla Schweppe, Alex Lobos
Research in design is unique at RIT’s College of Art and Design. We discover new ways of solving problems in an environment brimming with endless possibility. Not only do students have...
Innovative and creative design solutions that enrich the ways in which people live, work, and play is the emphasis of the school’s undergraduate programs. The school offers BFA programs in 3D digital design, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, and new media design.
3D design includes everything from 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.Learn more about the 3D Digital Design BFA program
Spend up to a year exploring RIT's design programs before you declare a major.Learn more about the Design Exploration program
In this creative, innovative graphic design degree, you'll integrate design principles, methods, concepts, images, words, and ideas to convey distinct, visually compelling messages to a range of audiences.Learn more about the Graphic Design BFA program
From athletic wear and home goods to stereo systems and medical devices, in the industrial design degree you'll create and develop inventive products for both consumers and manufacturers.Learn more about the Industrial Design BFA program
The interior design degree establishes you as an expert in creating human-centered environments and understanding the relationship between people and their physical surroundings.Learn more about the Interior Design BFA program
At the intersection of visual communication, design strategy, and user experience design, this new media design degree produces innovative creators of next gen digital media.Learn more about the New Media Design BFA program
The School of Design offers two MFA programs and an MS program. The MFA in visual communication design focuses on all areas of design, including graphic design, user experience/interaction design, design studies, motion graphics, and 3D digital design. The MFA in industrial design includes seminar courses in design history and research and studio courses focusing on sustainability and design process. Meanwhile, the MS in integrative design establishes a variety of creative design thinking techniques in multiple areas.
A master's in industrial design that explores design theory, design history, and human-centered design as you create a range of consumer products.Learn more about the Industrial Design MFA program
A one-year integrative design degree that furthers your understanding of the design process and prepares you to work with creative development teams.Learn more about the Integrative Design MS program
In our visual communication design degree, you'll shape interactive experiences by integrating graphic design, user experience design, design studies, motion graphics, and 3D digital design into your work.Learn more about the Visual Communication Design MFA program
Minors and Immersions
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