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Interaction Design Workshop 2018

The event will be held on Friday, March 23rd (starting at 10AM COLA A205) and Saturday, March 24th (starting at 10AM Carlson Auditorium).  Friday is a symposium format with guest speakers from industry and academia, Saturday is a structured workshop format where students will learn how to construct ‘design fictions’ within one of four thematic areas to explore the possibilities that many emerging […]



Level Up: Get in the Game Rochester

Join Digital Rochester and local video game industry leaders fresh off their visit to the Game Developers Conference at this event to learn about what’s new and how our community is partnering to develop and keep expertise and talent here in Rochester. Come early or stay late to enjoy some developing games first hand!


Recent News

International Women’s Day by the CSER: Honored Dr. Adrienne Decker!

MAGIC is very excited to announce that Dr. Adrienne Decker has been featured in a series of tweets and a YouTube video put together for International Women’s Day by the CSER – The Computer Science Education Research Group at the University of Adelaide (Australia), the group chose several women to highlight: “As part of International […]

MAGIC to Help, Teach the Teacher Day at McQuaid Jesuit High School

McQuaid Jesuit High School will be hosting a “Teach the Teacher” day focused on educating teachers about the industry of digital game development. Professional development day for Diocese of Rochester teachers featuring: Andrew (Andy) Phelps, Director of the RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC), Professor in the School of Interactive Games […]

Lost and Found by Owen Gottlieb, Game launch

RIT professor launches table-top games to enhance people’s understanding of religion, ‘Lost and Found’ games aim to change the legal discourse about religious legal systems, increase collaboration and cooperation The games, available at lostandfoundthegame.com, are distributed through RIT’s MAGIC Spell Studios. Lost & Found is geared toward high school and college-aged students due to its […]



The RIT MAGIC Center

will lead higher education in the exploration, experimentation, design, development, and deployment of interactive, experimental, expressive and social media.

The MAGIC Center is designed to bridge the gap between research and prototyping, and the ability to bring industry polish and commercial scale and support to myriad projects. This allows these works to have wider and greater impact. For this reason, MAGIC is composed of both a research laboratory (in which many other labs and working groups are housed or affiliated), and a production studio (which leverages our discoveries in ways that more broadly disseminate our work to peers and to the public at large).

The MAGIC Center at RIT is a conscious and deliberate effort to blur the lines between the arts and the sciences, between technology and expression, between the study of the creation of media and its impact and effect on society and the human condition. It is intended as a university wide, multi- and cross-disciplinary center in which faculty, staff, and student researchers, artists, and practitioners come together to create, contextualize, and apply new knowledge in a multitude of related fields and disciplines as appropriate not only to STEM, or the Arts & Humanities, but their intersection.

A New Kind of University Research Center



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Engage faculty via traditional models of contribution: plans of work, funded release, Summer contracts, stipends, sabbaticals, etc.


Engage students via traditional methods of contribution: hourly positions, work-study, tuition waiver, research stipend, scholarship, etc.


Utilize traditional curricular, experiential & scholarly structures: projects, independent study, thesis, capstone, collaborative courses, shared-credit models, etc.


Support from federal, state, corporate, foundation, private donor & alumni partners: non-profit status, development and alumni relations, government relations, etc.


Partner with other RIT centers, laboratories, institutes, colleges, departments & stakeholders: leverage university partnerships as a campus-wide research center.


Utilize traditional university research support: Human Subjects and IRB, Sponsored Research, ITS, Accounting, University Legal, etc.


University Research: By holding one half of the center directly in the university, MAGIC benefits from the campus and its plethora of resources to support our work.



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Engage faculty, staff & students via non-traditional models of contribution: Ability to hire as consultant, contractor, and/or professional, through customized IP negotiation, etc. as commonly practiced in the commercial industry.


Private agreements & studio sub-contracts: Ability to negotiable based on market forces and demand, to deal with 3rd party licensed content privately and effectively, and to contract with other commercial entities as needed…


Spawn additional companies and business ventures:Work with the RIT Simone Center for Entrepreneurship and Venture Creations to spawn spin-off companies at both the student and organizational level based on research & development.


Recruit professional experts: Ability to recruit outside the university for needed expertise (both locally and internationally), and engage through both academic and non-academic consulting relationships.


Small Business Funding: Ability to engage as a for-profit entity eligible for SBIR and similar style programs, to court and utilize venture funding or outside investment as appropriate.

Magic Spell Studios

Learn more about Magic Spell Studios and its unique relationship with the RIT MAGIC Center.

Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to the incredible value of co-op and experiential learning that happens on and off campus the world over (and is the hallmark of an RIT education), MAGIC Spell Studios provides a new and unique learning opportunity for our students. Many of our students come to campus today with ideas for products, services, or entire companies already formed. Often there are classes or directed research initiatives that produce such ideas during their educational experiences, often working with other students, faculty, and staff.


While we have many successful alumni that have formed their own studios (something we very strongly support), others have struggled in the midst of the process of taking ideas and concepts from the classroom to the online store or digital download. MAGIC Spell Studios represents a functional methodology for ideas from anywhere in the RIT community to become realized: it bridges the gap between concept and product in a way that lets students, faculty and staff continue working with each other but in a different context. It creates a pipeline to extend our ability to bring products to the public, and to engage and mentor students throughout that process.