Graduate Students

Welcome to CIAS!

On this website you will find a welcome letter from your chairperson (scroll down to your major) and supplemental information related to your program.  For all graduate students regardless of program, please see this flyer for Orientation programming from the RIT Office of Graduate Education: Graduate Orientation Events


**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.


School of Art

Fine Arts Studio MFA & Visual Arts-All Grades MST

Welcome Letter School of Art MFA and MST programs


School for American Crafts

Ceramics, Glass, Metals and Jewelry Design & Furniture Design MFA

Welcome Letter School for American Crafts MFA programs


School of Design

Industrial Design MFA

Welcome Letter Industrial Design MFA

Industrial Design MFA Checklist

Industrial Design MFA Map

Visual Communication Design MFA

Welcome Letter Visual Communication Design MFA

Visual Communication Design MFA Checklist

Visual Communication Design MFA GA Application

Visual Communication Design MFA Planning Sheet (unofficial)

Visual Communication Design MFA Overview Packet


School of Film and Animation

Film and Animation MFA (2D Animation, 3D Animation, Production, and Screenwriting options)

Welcome Letter School of Film & Animation MFA programs


School of Media Sciences

Print Media MS

Welcome Letter Print Media MS program

Print Media Orientation

Media Arts and Technology MS

Welcome Letter Media Arts and Technology

Media Arts and Technology Orientation


School of Photographic Arts & Sciences

Imaging Arts MFA

Welcome Letter Imaging Arts MFA program

Imaging Arts MFA Checklist

Gannett Hall 2nd Floor Map for Imaging Arts students