Student in Print LabAs a student in the Design & Imaging Technology program (formerly Arts & Imaging Studies), you may choose from an AOS or AAS degree option with a concentration in either Graphic Design or Graphic Production. Both degrees are career-focused, designed to prepare you for direct employment following graduation. As a graduate of the AAS degree program, you also can consider applying for admission to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program or a Bachelor of Science degree program in RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences after completing the AAS degree course of study. 

Studying in either the AOS or AAS option, you will gain work experience through a required cooperative education experience. Depending on your specific program concentration and elective course selection, you will use traditional and computer-based methods to produce drawings, layouts, illustrations and digital photographic images; prepare documents for print, Web and digital distribution; produce interactive digital media; perform digital retouching and restoration of photographic images; produce composite digital images; design and produce websites; produce computer animations; plan and produce short-edited videos; and operate electrophotographic digital printing and inkjet systems.

When you review the requirements for the Design & Imaging Technology program's AAS and AOS degree programs you will notice that the required courses you take from the Design & Imaging Technology program are identical. The only difference is that students in the AAS degree program take writing and liberal arts courses in humanities and social sciences through the College of Liberal Arts, the same courses required for all students in bachelor’s degree programs; whereas students in the AOS degree program take writing, humanities and social sciences courses through the Department of Liberal Studies at NTID.

STEM and the DIT Program

Education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) careers is a major emphasis for students, parents and counselors as they consider which college programs match the students interests and aptitudes. Funding for STEM career preparation is often a driving factor. The Design & Imaging Technology program is considered a STEM-career program. Graphic design and production for print, Web and digital media cannot happen without the use and application of technology and computing skills.

Read about the Career Skills you can learn in the Design & Imaging Technology program.

O*Net Online lists STEM career clusters, and Graphic Design is listed as being part of the Computer Science STEM disciplines.

Job Placement

We prepare students for jobs in the large visual communications industry which includes graphic design, commercial digital printing, website design and development, videography, animation, packaging design, photography, and speciality graphics. Jobs have evolved from a skilled trade craft to a high-tech digital design and production workflow.

The visual communications industry changes rapidly with the advent of new technologies and software programs. The world depends on text, graphics, illustrations, video and photos for communication using printed materials, web sites, and electronic media. There will always be a demand for graduates with skills in the visual communications field.

Some industry job outlook projections inlude: