Freshmen Students

Welcome to CIAS!

On this website you will find a welcome letter from your chairperson (scroll down to your major) and supplemental supplies and equipment information related to your program.


**NEW INFORMATION Regarding Property Insurance**

Students using RIT-owned or their own equipment while away at college should strongly consider purchasing property insurance. While many people assume their home owner’s policy will cover loss, theft, damage or other costs for school equipment, this is not always the case. College of Imaging Arts & Sciences families may want to consider this low cost insurance policy option made available through RIT. Students (especially those in photo and film programs) can potentially be checking out equipment valued at over $10,000 and are responsible for replacement costs, in the case of loss, theft, damage. This is the same insurance plan many of our faculty use.

Property Insurance Flyer PDF

Please note: Students traveling abroad with RIT equipment are required to show proof of insurance before checking out equipment.


Fall Schedule Questionnaire

To help us register you for the appropriate fall classes, it is imperative that you let us to know in advance if you will be participating on a RIT varsity athletic team, or if you anticipate receiving transfer credit from AP exams, IB courses, or other universities.  If so, please complete and submit the CIAS Fall Schedule Questionnaire 2017 no later than June 29, 2017The questionnaire should be completed electronically by opening it with Adobe Acrobat. Please “Save” the file  and send it as an email attachment to ciasadvising@rit.edu.


Undeclared Art & Design Program

Undeclared Art & Design Welcome Letter

*Plus 4 documents in the “Art Kit” section below


School for American Crafts

Ceramics, Furniture Design, Glass, and Metals & Jewelry Design BFA Programs

School for American Crafts Welcome Letter

*Plus 4 documents in the “Art Kit” section below


School of Design

3D Digital Design BFA

3D Digital Design Welcome Letter

3D Digital Design Supply List 2017

Graphic Design BFA

Graphic Design Welcome Letter

Graphic Design Supply List 2017

*Plus 4 documents in the “Art Kit” section below

Industrial Design and Interior Design BFA Programs

Industrial Design & Interior Design Welcome Letter

*Plus 4 documents in the “Art Kit” section below

New Media Design BFA

New Media Design Welcome Letter

New Media Design Supply List 2017

*Plus 4 documents in the “Art Kit” section below


School of Art

Fine Arts Studio, Illustration & Medical Illustration BFA Programs

School of Art Welcome Letter 

*Plus 4 documents in the “Art Kit” section below


School of Film and Animation

Production and Animation BFA Programs

School of Film & Animation Welcome Letter

School of Film & Animation BFA Supply List 2017

Motion Picture Science BS

Motion Picture Science Welcome Letter


School of Media Sciences

Media Arts & Technology BS

Media Arts & Technology Welcome Letter

Media Arts & Technology Equipment List 2017


School of Photographic Arts & Sciences

Advertising Photography, Fine Arts Photography, Photojournalism, Visual Media BFA Programs

Photographic Arts & Sciences Welcome Letter BFA Programs

Biomedical Photographic Communications, Photographic Technology BS Programs

Photographic Art & Sciences Welcome Letter BS Programs

Undeclared Photo Sciences

Undeclared Photographic Arts & Sciences Welcome Letter

Supply lists for ALL Photography programs:

School of Photographic Arts & Sciences Supply List

School of Photographic Arts & Sciences Supplies Flyer


Art Kit

Supplemental information for students in the following programs: Undeclared Art & Design, Ceramics, Furniture Design, Glass, Metals and Jewelry Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, New Media Design, Fine Arts Studio, Illustration, and Medical Illustration.

Art Kit Letter 2017

Art Kit Order Form 2017

Art Kit FAQs 2017

List of Supplies in the Art Kit 2017