Each academic year, Ringling College hosts a variety of events, both on- and off-campus, for prospective students and their families. Be sure to check this page often, and click on "join our mailing list" to receive updated information and invitations.

On-Campus Events  


National Portfolio Day at Ringling

Sunday, January 25

9:30 - 4:00

"No More Starving Artists" - talk with Ringling president, Dr. Larry Thompson: 9:30 AM

Campus Tours: 10:00 AND 11:00 AM

Presentation on Financial Aid, Careers in Art and Design, and Student Life: 10:00 AND 11:00 AM

Portfolio Reviews: 12:00 - 4:00 PM

Participating colleges:  Alfred University, Art Academy of Cincinnati, California College of the Arts, Cleveland Institute of Art, College for Creative Studies, Columbus College of Art & Design, The Cooper Union School of Art, Cornish College of the Arts, Fashion Institute of Technology, FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Kansas City Art Institute, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Lesley University College of Art and Design, Lyme Academy, Maine College of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Memphis College of Art, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Montserrat College of Art, Moore College of Art & Design, New Hampshire Institute of Art, New World School of the Arts, New York School of Interior Design, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Paris College of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Pratt MWP,  Rhode Island School of Design, Ringling College of Art and Design, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, School of Visual Arts, Stamps School of Art & Design University of Michigan, Syracuse University College of Visual & Performing Arts, Temple University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.


Spring Preview Day

Saturday, February 14

10:00 - 2:30

Preview Day is an opportunity for prospective students to get in-depth, insider information about our majors and life on campus from the people who know us best - our faculty and students! You'll also learn about careers in art and design, financial aid, portfolio preparation, and much moreHighlights of the day include:

Check in: 9:30 - 11:00

Majors Showcase

Student Activities Fair

Open Houses in the Majors - visit with faculty and students in their studios and labs, and see artwork being created.

Financial Aid presentation

Portfolio Preparation presentation

Student artwork exhibitions



Accepted Student Day

April, 2015

An invitation-only event for accepted students.


Off-Campus Events  

"Discover Ringling" Info Sessions

Discover Ringling events are special information sessions for prospective students. You'll learn about Ringling’s majors, careers in art and design, how to apply, and how to create, edit and submit your portfolio.

We will discuss the application process and share tips on portfolio preparation using examples submitted by high school students. Individual portfolio reviews will not be available at these events. RSVP is required. Check back for upcoming events.



National Portfolio Days

National Portfolio Days provide opportunities for students who are interested in studying art or design to meet with representatives from NASAD-accredited colleges from throughout North America. They are held in major cities each academic year, beginning in September and ending in January. All are free and open to the public. RSVP is not required. 

For detailed information about National Portfolio Days, including specific locations and times, please visit http://portfolioday.net/2014-15-schedule 

  • Miami, FL – Sat., January 24
  • Sarasota, FL – Ringling College of Art and Design – Sun., January 25. (See details and registration info at top of page.)