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    Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering Bachelor's degree programs in 11 majors.

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    Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelor's degree programs in the following disciplines: Advertising Design, Business of Art & Design, Computer Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, and Photography & Digital Imaging. 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 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges [SACSCOC] to award the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, and by the First Professional Degree Level by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation [CIDA], formerly [FIDER].

    Located on Florida's Gulf Coast, the picturesque 35-acre campus now includes 90 buildings, and attracts close to 1,300 students from 44 states and 53 foreign countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts. With a better than 2:1 student to computer ratio, Ringling College's computing infrastructure rivals even that of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT].

    Potential students pursuing admission to Ringling College, as well as art teachers, guidance counselors and others are encouraged to visit the campus for a personal tour hosted by one of our student ambassadors. It's impossible to appreciate all the ways Ringling College inspires creativity just by reading about it. You need to experience it for yourself.


    Visiting our beautiful campus is the best way for you to really get a feel for the true Ringling College "personality" and imagine what life here is like. To set up your tour, just fill out a prospective student campus tour request. We wll contact you to finalize your arrangements.

    Aside from the degree program, Ringling College offers a number of opportunities for the community to visit our campus, view wonderful art exhibitions, and study as lifelong learners.

    Community members not pursuing admission to Ringling College are invited to come to campus for a "behind-the-scenes" tour of the College campus. During this interactive walking tour we'll explore parts of our beautiful campus while interacting with students.  We'll also visit our new Academic Center, the Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library, and view an exhibition at Ringling College's Selby Gallery, Sarasota's premier gallery for contemporary art. Each year, the Gallery brings the work of nationally and internationally known artists, illustrators, photographers, sculptors, and designers to Sarasota.

    High school juniors and seniors can immerse themselves in the college environment during our 4-week long PreCollege Perspective program in preparation for their entrance into an art and design college.

    More than 2,000 students attend teen and adult Community Art classes and workshops throughout the year, as well as many other art and travel programs through the Continuing Studies and Special Programs [CSSP] office. For details about CSSP programs, call 941.955.8866 or contact us by cssp@ringling.edu.

    Non-Discrimination Policy

    Ringling College of Art and Design does not discriminate the basis of age, gender, color, race, national or ethnic origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, veteran's status or any other basis prohibited by law, in its programs or activities.