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School of Film and Animation - RITpedia

School of Film and Animation (abbreviation: SOFA) is a school dedicated to film and animation. Located in the basement of building 7B, SOFA is an invaluable part of the RIT CIAS program.



Year Donor Amount Donated Notes
2003[1] Eastman Kodak $2,000 Purchase film stock.


The School of Film and Animation has a highly competitive and rigorous program. Being the most selective program RIT has to offer, students are evaluated depending on their SAT scores, class rank, and at times, portfolio submissions.


Once admitted, first year students all participate in a "crash course" year, in which they take both film and animation courses, regardless of their intended major. Students learn the basics of film and animation production within this first year.

In their second year, students declare their emphasis in either film or animation.

Within the past few years, SOFA has also introduced a new Bachelor of Science Program in Digital Cinema, which concentrates on the scientific aspect of film and animation production.


The film program at RIT offers classes that expand on every aspect of film making.

In their time at RIT, students will learn in depth about directing, script writing, cinematography, sound design, editing, producing, art direction, and special effects. Each of these can even be craft-tracked into specialized majors.


Just like film, there are several areas of study within the animation program. Regardless of which area of study is emphasized, Students learn fundamentals of animation and apply them to create convincing images.

2D animation concentration is hand drawn on paper or acetate, and uses a traditional layering technique to create a convincing illusion of motion. 2D animation can also be achieved on a computer with such programs as Adobe Flash.

3D animation students learn about all aspects of computer animation. Students are taught to use the program Autodesk Maya to model, rig, animate and texture 3D forms. Other areas of study that can be craft-tracked are set construction, dynamics, character animation, and compositing.

Stop Motion animation incorporates the same elements and principles of animation as do 2D and 3D animation. This program takes students through all aspects of creating stop motion films. Animation techniques, wire armature construction, and set construction are all taught within this program.

Motion Picture Science

Taught along with RIT's Center for Imaging Scenes, the Motion Picture Science degree is one of a kind in this country. Students are required to take some film classes in their first two years, but this is not a production program. Students in this degree will be responsible for the future of imaging technology.


Each student, regardless of their emphasis must complete a number of required courses in order to graduate, which includes History and Aesthetics Courses, liberal arts courses, and also the completion of a Senior Thesis project.


FVASA is the "Film, Video, Animation, Student Association" within the School of Film and Animation. It's located in the basement lobby of Gannett.
First year students generally use this resource to purchase Tri-X film. Students are able to volunteer for FVASA shifts where they sell and send out film products.

FVASA has also hosted open workshops where students or faculty members teach a skill to interested attendees.


  1. RIT News & Events - April 24, 2003

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