The extensive renovations to RIT’s College of Art and Design – with particular emphasis on key areas of the School of Film and Animation (SOFA) and School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS) of internationally renowned – continue to make significant progress.
These expansive projects are part of a five-year master plan to renovate, rejuvenate and transform spaces to meet the growing demands of a college that serves as RIT’s creative hub at the intersection of technology, arts and culture. design.
“The College of Art and Design is fortunate to be centrally located on the RIT campus on Kodak Quad in Booth and Gannett halls,” said Todd Jokl, dean of the college.
“These new spaces, along with MAGIC Spell Studios and the future SHED (Student Hall for Exploration and Development), position us as one of the most dynamic institutions in the world working with AR/VR, games, entertainment and technology, photography and imagery, digital and physical design,” added Jokl.
The college is in the process of completing the renovation and 10,000 square foot expansion of the SOFA entertainment complex. This work will give students access to new 2D, 3D, and stop-motion classrooms with individual workstations and creative pen displays, a figure drawing studio, and undergraduate animation labs and state-of-the-art graduate studies. The first phase of these renovations will be completed in the fall of 2022, and phase two of construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023.
In fall 2021, the college completed an expansion and reconfiguration of SPAS facilities. This included an expansion of the RIT photo gear ‘cage’, now outfitted with the latest equipment for RIT students, and the creation of a new open and welcoming lounge where students and teams can work, study and collaborate. .
The college also reinvented the Electronic Photography Lab (ESP) in 2021 by creating larger workspaces for still photography collaboration and processing, as well as dedicating lab space to editing and moving media presentation. An audio recording studio for capturing interviews has also been integrated into the new space.
The expansion and reconfiguration of SPAS facilities was made possible by a $3.5 million donation to the school in 2019 by Chance Wright ’18 (publicity photograph), ’19 (MBA) and his mother, Pamela Mars Wright – the biggest donation ever made to the college.
The gift is part of Transforming RIT: The Campaign for Greatness, RIT’s $1 billion fundraising effort, the largest in the university’s history. The joint campaign is seeking support from a variety of investors, including alumni and friends, government and corporate partners, and foundations and research agencies.