Ringling College of Art and Design recognizes that artists and designers play a significant role in society. The College's primary mission is to provide programs leading to degrees that prepare students to be discerning visual thinkers and ethical practitioners in their chosen area of art and design. Visual arts professionals must understand diverse aspects of past and present cultures and develop their capacity for creative expression and effective communication. Ringling College of Art and Design’s curriculum, therefore, balances the teaching of technical knowledge and skills with the development of critical, conceptual and creative abilities and supports courses that provide historical, multicultural, global and future perspectives.
Ringling College of Art and Design in cooperation with Syracuse University Summer Abroad Programs, SACI in Florence, and Burren College of Art offers semester and summer art study programs in Ireland, France, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom. The College also has an affiliation agreement with the International Center for Photography in New York City. Ringling College has MOU agreements with Sint Lucas College of Art and Design, Antwerp and Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. Ringling College and Sint Lucas initiated the “Mapping a Site: In and Out of Context” project which brought together students and faculty from different colleges, artistic practices and cultural backgrounds into creative and collaborative working groups. Composed of two intensive one-week workshops in Sarasota, Florida and Antwerp, Belgium the students responded to specific sites both individually and collectively producing work based on multi-sensorial reactions and not limited by any specific methodology or medium. The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp and Aalto University, Helsinki were invited to participate in this project during the 2012-2013 academic year. The “Mapping Project” will be expanded to include site-specific projects with educational partners around the globe. Interior Design faculty member, Seongwoo Nam, with a Robert O. Barkley Fellowship established an International Collaborative Design Studio between Ringling College of Art and Design and Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. This collaboration is dedicated to design research, analysis, team workshops, critique and video conferencing as a main communication method. The international collaborative design studio will continue with Korean partners, fall 2013. The format can be expanded to include educational partners who are members of Cumulus.
The internationally prestigious Illustration Academy brings today’s world renowned illustrators to campus to work alongside students in a seven week intense immersion experience. In 2006 Business Week magazine named the College one of the top design schools in the world and one of only 10 in the entire United States. Ringling College students are often recognized for their superior art and design talents in a myriad of art and design competitions at the local, regional and national levels. In 2005, the College was one of only 60 National Gold ADDY awards out of 60,000 entries for its Admissions Catalogue, which was designed entirely by students. For the past six years in a row, a Computer Animation alumni has won a Student Academy Award out of only 11 given worldwide annually. In 2008, the Society of Illustrators accepted 27 Ringling College student works into its scholarship competition, more than double any other college in the country, representing approximately 20% of the entire works in the exhibition. In addition, the College’s Computer Animation Department maintains relationships with several major film studios (Dreamworks, Sony, Disney, Pixar, Electronic Arts) that regularly visit campus to assist with full faculty critiques of ongoing student projects. The College’s Selby Gallery brings professional exhibitions to Sarasota; and the Crossley Gallery and other venues both on campus and off provide extraordinary experiences for the public to witness emerging artist’s works. The Ringling College Library Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the ongoing development of the Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library collection and acts as a catalyst for the educational growth of students, faculty, and community. This support has built one of the finest art libraries in the entire southeastern U.S. For 27 years the highly acclaimed Library Association’s Town Hall Lecture Series has brought high-caliber speakers on a broad range of topics and viewpoints to Sarasota-area audiences, including Madeline Albright, Paul Krugman, and Mikail Gorbachev. For those who wish to fuel their own creative passions, the College’s two community art center divisions and its Continuing Studies and Special Programs office on the main campus, coordinate art lectures, exhibitions, workshops, community classes and travel programs, which include a four-week residential summer pre-College program for high school Juniors and Seniors.
Art and Design Business of Art and Design For more than 77 years, Ringling College of Art and Design has cultivated the creative spirit in students from around the globe … changing the way the world thinks about art and design. Ringling College students are taught to recognize excellence in design and to understand how art and design interact with the broader forces of society, culture, and economy. The College’s rigorous and progressive programs and distinctive faculty embrace curricular innovation, pioneering uses of technology, collaborative approaches, and global perspectives on design.
faculties and departments
The departments through which Ringling College of Art and Design offers its degrees are Advertising Design, Business of Art and Design, Computer Animation, Digital Film, Fine Arts, Game Art and Design, Graphic and Interactive Communication, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography and Digital Imaging, Printmaking, and Sculpture.
bachelor level programs
Founded in 1931 Ringling College of Art and Design is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to confer the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in 13 disciplines: Advertising Design, Motion Design, Computer Animation, Digital Film, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic & Interactive Communication, Illustration, Interior Design, Painting, Photography and Digital Imaging, Printmaking, and Sculpture; and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) in the Business of Art & Design. Duration of study: Four years.
master level programs
None at this time.
research activity and main areas
Applied research in fields of art and design education
doctorate level programs
subject areas for exchange students
List of majors: Advertising Design, Business of Art & Design, Computer Animation, Digital Film, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic & Interactive Communication, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking, Sculpture
Fall Semester: April 1 Spring Semester: Nov. 1
Fall Semester: Late August- 2nd week in December Spring Semester: 2nd week in January, early May
cost of living per month (studying and living)
($1500 per month expenses) ($26,050 tuition for the 9-month school year)