Design Exploration

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


If you are passionate about design but are unsure which program best fits your career aspirations the design exploration option is for you. RIT's School of Design offers majors in 3D digital design, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, and new media design. In the first year, students will work closely with their academic advisor to select courses that best match their interests.

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


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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 Design.
  • A portfolio must be submitted. View Portfolio Requirements for more information.

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