Art Exploration

Spend up to a year exploring RIT's art programs before you declare a major.


If you want to pursue studio arts but are unsure which major or program option best matches your interests, the art exploration option is for you. The School of Art offers majors in illustration, medical illustration, and studio arts (where you can choose an option in ceramics, expanded forms, furniture design, glass, metals and jewelry design, printmaking, painting, or sculpture). In your first year, you will work closely with your academic advisor to select courses that best align with your career aspirations.

The art exploration option requires the submission of a portfolio. View our Portfolio Requirements for more information.


Admission Requirements

Freshmen Admission

For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.

Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations

  • Studio art experience and a portfolio of original artwork are required for all programs in the School of Art.
  • A portfolio must be submitted. View Portfolio Requirements for more information.

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