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RIT College of Imaging Arts and Sciences records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0428

Scope and Contents

College of Imaging Arts and Science records include administrative documents from the dean's office, correspondence, promotional materials, and faculty directories. Administrative documents contain materials relevant to two deans during this period, State of the College reports, and academic program reviews. Also included in the collection are documents related to National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Review.


  • Creation: 1979 - 2018
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1993 - 1998

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Historical Information on College of Imaging Arts and Science

College of Imaging Arts and Science was established through the merging of College of Graphic Arts and Photography and the College of Fine and Applied Arts in 1992. It encompasses several schools including the School of Photographic Arts and Science, School of American Crafts, School of Media Science (formerly the School of Printing), among other schools. The School of Art and School of Design were added in 1998.

Historical Information on T-Minus Contest Hosted by Industrial Design

The T-Minus 151 annual event at RIT was created in 2013 by Josh Owen, the department chair of Industrial Design, along with Co-Chair Bruce Leonard, Professor Amos Scully, and other members of the faculty. T-Minus 151 is a one week design blitz during the first week of classes in the spring semester involving the entire Industrial Design major to participate in teamwork and time-management to produce final concepts for the sponsor. The “151” in the name refers to the 151 hours that students have from the start of the project to the final presentation in front of a panel of judges. There are three winning teams for the three varying projects and the final designs are implemented and put into production.

Each team consists of students from each year from freshmen to graduates and the leaders of each team are usually the juniors. Each team leader is provided with a yellow envelope full of papers with schedules, information about their specific projects, and the names of the other members. Within the time allotted, teams sign up for time slots to ask questions, get feedback, and show their progress to the sponsors. Students are able to work in the Industrial Design wood shop, utilize materials from the scrap room, and other labs depending on their designs.

The final presentations are to be printed out on three tabloid sized papers and mounted to each team's board before presentations on the final day. Physical models, CAD renderings, and sketches are used to help convey the final designs. After presentations, students get to vote for the projects they want to win while judges deliberate as well. At the end of the event, three teams are chosen for the judges’ award and three runner ups are chosen for the students’ choice award.



.75 Linear Feet (1 document box and 1 half document box)




Records from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, which formed from merging the College of Graphic Arts and Photography and the College of Applied Arts in 1992. The collection includes correspondence, promotional materials, administrative documents, and NASAD reviews from 1992-2011.


The folders are divided into five series which are: Correspondence, Promotional/Publicity, Administrative, NASAD Review, and CIAS faculty/staff directories, then chronologically.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Veronica Raco in November 2012.

RIT College of Imaging Arts and Sciences records
RIT Archives
Veronica Raco
09 November 2012
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • December 2020: multilevel description added from inventory by Gigi Ye

Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA