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What will I learn?

The associate in applied science (AAS) degree in 3D graphics technology introduces concepts related to three dimensional (3D) graphics, and teaches you the creative and technical skills required to produce 3D graphics, 3D prints, environmental renderings that range from artistic to photorealistic in quality, and 3D models used in multimedia and animation. A combination of traditional design skills and digital design techniques are taught, along with the representation of concepts of time, motion, and lighting principles. This program prepares you for one of two options: entering the 3D graphics industry after graduation or continuing your studies in the 3D digital design BFA program offered by RIT’s College of Art and Design.

The program's curriculum prepares and trains you for entry-level employment in the 3D graphics industry. The 3D graphics technology program covers the artistic and technical sides of the industry, with a specific focus on the modeling, animation, and visualization processes in 3D graphics. You acquire the creative and technical skills required to create 3D graphics, 3D printouts, environmental visualization graphics, and 3D models used in multimedia and animation.

The program also requires you to acquire skills in traditional media drawing and painting, as well as in animation, modeling, 3D printing, and reading and understanding design plans and blueprints. You acquire computer-based skills in 2D and 3D graphics software. In addition, you’ll learn skills related to project management and teamwork.

The capstone course offered in the final semester provides you with an opportunity to utilize your skills on an applied skill-focused project that is completed with advice and guidance of faculty from the visual communications studies department. The structure of the capstone course is that of a self-directed, semester-long project that is completed either on an individual basis or as part of a team-based project.

Which department am I in?

National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Study options

Full Time (72 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$36,660.00 per year
Annual fee is for 12-18 credit hours
Start date

9 January 2023


National Technical Institute for the Deaf

One Lomb Memorial Drive,


New York,

14623, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completion of high school.

For international students

Applicants must Submit an official high school transcript.

Minimum Score for Admission Consideration: Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) - 79; PTE Academic - 58, IELTS - 6.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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