Located in Sarasota, FL on a picturesque, 48-acre campus including more than 110 buildings, Ringling College enrolls over 1,200 students from 45 states, 60 countries, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico – two thirds of whom reside on the pedestrian-friendly residential campus. Its more than 140 faculty members are all professional artists, designers, and scholars who actively pursue their own work outside the classroom.
For almost 85 years, Ringling College of Art and Design has cultivated the creative spirit in students from around the globe, shattering the myth of the starving artist.™ The private, not-for-profit fully accredited college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) in 11 disciplines: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Creative Writing (pending SACSCOC approval), Film, Fine Arts, Game Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Photography & Imaging; and the Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in two (2) disciplines: Business of Art & Design and Creative and Visual Studies. The College’s rigorous curriculum engages innovation and tradition through a strong, well-rounded, first-year program specific to the major of study, with a deep focus on the liberal arts. Its teaching model encourages its students to become globally aware scholar-practitioners who are well prepared to enter the job market and be successful in their chosen careers.
Ringling College has a long reputation for excellence. In 2014, LinkedIn named Ringling College one of the top 25 Best Undergraduate Universities for Designers; U.S. News and World Report featured Ringling College in its “2010 America’s Best Colleges Guide” and Imagine FX noted Ringling College as the #1 digital arts college program in the world that same year. In 2006, BusinessWeek named the College one of the top 60 Design Schools in the world, and one of only 10 in the entire United States. In March 2007, and again in November 2007, its Computer Animation program was ranked #1 in North America by the UK’s acclaimed 3D World magazine.
Just this year, the Computer Animation program was ranked in the top in the US and a student thesis film won Best Computer Animated Short for SIGGRAPH 2015; The Film program was ranked in the top 25 in the US by The Hollywood Reporter; Motion Design students won National ADDY awards; Interior Design students won awards in the 2015 Robert Bruce Thompson Annual Student Light Fixture Design Competition; Advertising Design students won Effie awards; A Photography & Imaging student and alum were featured in American Photo on Campus magazine; ART Network, the student-driven television network on campus, won three (3) Telly Awards; Three students were featured in Variety Magazine’s “110 Students to Watch”; a team of four Ringling students were chosen as the winner of the 2015 Walt Disney Imaginations Design Competition – just to name a few awards already this year.
Ringling College students and alumni are heavily recruited throughout the country by a wide variety of outstanding organizations and they are often recognized for their superior art and design talents at local, regional and national levels. The College believes passionately in the development and support of the whole student by preparing each graduate to be both successful in their chosen career, as well as socially responsible artist-citizens.
The College is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design [AICAD] and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design [NASAD], the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree [SACS], and by the First Professional Degree Level by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation [CIDA], formerly [FIDER].
Ringling College's campus community is a diverse blend of people, ideas and creativity. From its students to the faculty, staff, alumni, and friends that support them, the College offers an intimate environment for learning. 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.
Ringling College of Art and Design strives to enroll both full- and part-time students from diverse backgrounds who intend to become professionals in the visual arts. Through its policies and practices, the College supports excellence in teaching and fosters the aesthetic, intellectual, professional, personal, and social development of its students. Academic programs and advising, career services, and an extensive co-curricular student life program prepare students for an art or design profession, or when appropriate, for continued studies on the graduate level.
In addition to its degree program, Ringling College offers courses, lectures, exhibitions and other art-related services to the local and regional community through its gallery, library, continuing education and community service programs.