We want you to join us! Please follow the directions below to apply to Ringling College, and don't hesitate to contact us if we can help you.

How to Apply:

Ringling College is currently accepting applications for the following majors for the Fall of 2016. 

  • Advertising Design
  • Business of Art & Design
  • Computer Animation
  • Creative Writing
  • Critical & Visual Studies
  • Film
  • Fine Arts
  • Game Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Interior Design
  • Motion Design
  • Photography & Imaging

Applying for the Fall of 2016: 

Ringling College of Art and Design is a member of the Common Application. Visit the Common Application website at www.commonapp.org, and find Ringling under "Search for Colleges" to get started. Please follow the directions below. We operate on a rolling admissions system for all majors except Computer Animation.

Here are our requirements:

First-year (freshman) applicants:

  1. Submit a completed Common Application Form*, along with a nonrefundable $70 application fee. 
  2. Ask your high school counselor to submit the Secondary School Report*, OR ask one of your high school teachers to complete a Teacher Evaluation Form*, OR submit a letter of recommendation.
  3. Ask your high school to send an official copy of your transcript. We also accept GED certificates. If you took any college courses, whether or not you received credit, request that the college send us the transcript as well. A minimum 2.0 combined academic grade point average from all previously attended institutions is required to be considered for admission. You must also be in good academic standing (not on academic probation or dismissal) at your last attended institution.
  4. Submission of a visual art portfolio is required for all majors except Business of Art & Design. Advertising Design, Film and Interior Design applicants may substitute a written portfolio for an art portfolio by following the recommendations below. All portfolios, both visual and written, must be submitted digitally through the Portfolio* portion of the Common Application.
  5. SAT and ACT scores are not required for admission. If you take either the SAT or ACT, we encourage you to submit your scores since they can be helpful in academic counseling.

*Available at www.commonapp.org.

Transfer applicants:

  1. Submit a completed Common Application Form*, along with a nonrefundable $70 application fee. 
  2. Ask one of your instructors to complete a College Instructor Evaluation Form*, OR submit a letter of recommendation.
  3. Ask your high school and each college you have attended for credit to send an official copy of your transcript. A minimum 2.0 combined academic grade point average from all previously attended institutions is required to be considered for admission. You must also be in good academic standing (not on academic probation or dismissal) at your last attended institution. A high school transcript is not required if you have earned 24 or more semester hours credit at a regionally-accredited college.
  4. Submission of a visual art portfolio to is required for all majors except Business of Art & Design. Advertising Design, Film and Interior Design applicants may substitute a written portfolio for an art portfolio by following the recommendations below, but an art portfolio will be required to receive credit for studio art coursework.  All portfolios, both visual and written, must be submitted digitally through the Portfolio* portion of the Common Application.

*Available at www.commonapp.org.

Transfer Credits and Placement

Ringling College will consider for transfer any liberal arts or studio art credit that meets our academic requirements and where a grade of C or better was earned from a regionally-accredited college or university. Studio art credit will be awarded based upon the criteria above and a portfolio review. All of Ringling College's studio courses are sequential and have pre-requisites.  Students have to complete the 1st-year studio courses before taking 2nd-year studio courses; 2nd 'year studio courses before taking 3rd-year studio courses; and 3rd-year studio courses before taking the 4th-year capstone/thesis courses.  

If you have taken Liberal Arts courses at another college/university, those courses will be evaluated by the Academic Advisers in the Office of Advising, Records, and Registration Services to determine if they meet the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts Degree. The number of Liberal Arts classes completed has no bearing on your class level. Only studio classes determine your class level.  Students enrolling with an Associate of Arts or a Bachelor of Arts degree from a regionally accredited college or university will be considered to have met the Liberal Arts requirements for the BFA degree. 

Please make sure you have requested a final transcript from all colleges/universities that you have attended so that you can receive the appropriate transfer credit.

Students are limited to a total of 66 semester hours of transfer credits. A minimum of 54 semester hours must be taken at Ringling College of Art and Design. The last two academic years of study for a Ringling College of Art and Design degree must be completed in courses of study within a major of the College. Ringling College of Art and Design reserves the right to decline credit for coursework that is more than ten years old.

Please note that admission to upper-level studies is contingent on space availability.

Transfer Credits for Military Courses
Transfer credit may be awarded for military courses based upon ACE Guidelines. If the student’s military course has an ACE recommended equivalency, and the recommended equivalent is a course that Ringling offers, transfer credit may be given at the discretion of the Registrar with as needed consultation with Academic Affairs administrators and Department Chairs/Program Directors. All other transfer credit must be from a regionally accredited institution. Ringling College of Art and Design does not award credit for non credit work or for experiential learning.

Articulation Agreement
Florida transfer students who complete the AA Degree in studio art or photography from select Florida community colleges are eligible to apply to the 2 + 2 BFA in Fine Arts or the BFA in Photography & Imaging.  Once accepted to the program, students are enrolled at the junior level and complete an additional two years in residency at Ringling College to complete the B.F.A. degree.

Participating Community Colleges:

State College of Florida: AA with an emphasis in Studio Art or AA with an emphasis in Photography
St. Petersburg College:  AA with an emphasis in Studio Art
Valencia College: AA in Fine Art/Studio Art  

International Students
Ringling College students come from 70 countries! We welcome applications from international students. Students who are citizens of countries where English is not the common language must demonstrate proof of English proficiency by submitting results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or other approved examinations. In place of the TOEFL or IELTS, applicants may substitute the Pearson Test of English or SAT as proof of English proficiency.

Minimum score requirements:

  1. TOEFL -  Students who score between 61 and 79 may be required to enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at the College. Students who score 80 or higher may be allowed to waive English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at the College. 

     
  2. IELTS - Students who score between 6.0 and 6.5 may be required to enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at the College. Students who score 6.5 or higher may be allowed to waive English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at the College.

  3. Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 53 or higher 

  4. Minimum score of 450 on the Critical Reading section of the SAT.

International students who have earned university-level credit outside the U.S. and seek transfer credit are required to have their transcripts evaluated by a foreign credentials evaluation service. See information for transfer students.

Homeschool Students
Homeschoolers must achieve a standard high school diploma, recognized by their local school district, or a GED.

International Baccalaureate Credit
Ringling College recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.  Students with IB coursework may be given credit for individual liberal arts courses if they score 5 through 7 on the IB Higher-Level Examinations.  No credit is given for Subsidiary-Level or Standard-Level work.  

Advanced Placement Credit 
Ringling College will award up to six semester hours credit for advanced placement examinations in art history with a score of 4, or 5. Advanced placement examinations in liberal arts courses with a score of 3, 4, or 5 will be considered for credit toward the degree. Advanced placement examinations in English Language and Composition and English Literature and Composition require a score of 4 or 5 to be considered for the degree. Advanced placement examinations/portfolios in studio art with scores of 4 or 5 will be evaluated by Ringling College for credit and/or placement.

Applying for the Spring Semester
In order to be eligible to enroll in the Spring Semester, you must have previously completed specific college-level studio art courses unless you are applying for Business of Art & Design. These course requirements vary by major. Please note that spring semester admission is NOT available for the Department of Computer Animation. For information about spring semester admission, please contact the Admissions Office at 941-309-0195 or admissions@ringling.edu

Admissions Office
Ringling College of Art and Design
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Fla.  34234-5895
941-309-0195
admissions@ringling.edu

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