Your portfolio is an extremely important part of your application, so scroll down to get specific information. No portfolio? No problem! Click on "Building Your Portfolio" above for some tips to get started, or try the drawing exercises listed below. Remember, we're here to help you.

How to Apply:

 

Applying for the Fall of 2015: 

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. The Computer Animation major has an application deadline of January 15, 2015; all other majors are on rolling admissions. 

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 academic grade-point average is required to be considered for admission.
  4. Submission of an art portfolio to is required for all majors except Business of Art & Design. Please submit your portfolio digitally through the Arts Supplement* 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. You must achieve a minimum 2.0 academic grade-point average at your last college attended to be considered for admission. 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 an art portfolio to is required for all majors except Business of Art & Design. Please submit your portfolio digitally through the Arts Supplement* 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 Advisors 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. 

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

 

International Students

Ringling College students come from 55 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 achieving one of the following:
•    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or higher
•    International English Language Testing System  (IELTS) score of 6.5 or higher
•    Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 53 or higher
•    Minimum score of 450 on the Critical Reading section of the SAT
International students who have not achieved these minimum scores but meet academic and portfolio requirements will be considered for admission, but will be required to enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at the College if admitted.

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 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 3, 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 BFA 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 credit toward the BFA degree.  Advanced placement examination/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. 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

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. 

 

Portfolio

The purpose of the portfolio is to allow you to demonstrate your creative thinking abilities and potential to succeed in one of the College’s degree programs. Submitting an art portfolio is optional for applicants to the Business of Art & Design major and the Interior Design major. Please review the departmental recommendations for each major before submitting a portfolio. Please submit all portfolio materials, both images and written documents, to Slideroom via the Common Application

Portfolio recommendations for the following majors: ILLUSTRATION; GAME ART; COMPUTER ANIMATION:
Since representational drawing is an integral part of the curricula for ILLUSTRATION, GAME ART and COMPUTER ANIMATION, we recommend that you show examples of drawing from life in your portfolio. This may include interior or exterior environments, human figures, animals, hands and feet, and everyday objects. Portfolios may also include class assignments, design projects, animations, photography, paintings, sculpture, film and video. Please do not copy directly from another artist, or include such things as anime, tattoo art, dragons, unicorns, etc. At least half of your portfolio should consist of drawing from direct observation. Your ability to think creatively is important to us too, so feel free to include pages from your sketchbook. 

Note: The COMPUTER ANIMATION application deadline is January 15.

Portfolio recommendations for ADVERTISING DESIGN
The Advertising Design portfolio should include sketches from observation, as well as visual work and writing samples that demonstrate the versatility and potential of your talent. Portfolios may also include class assignments, design projects, illustrations, animations, photography, film and video. Applicants should include a résumé that emphasizes leadership, community service, work experience and/or entrepreneurship. We are especially interested in work and written communication that demonstrates individual originality and creative approaches to problem solving. Suggested topics for writing samples for the ADVERTISING DESIGN portfolio: 

1.      Describe a time when you worked within a group of people. Did you lead the group? What did you contribute? Explain why you were or were not satisfied with the outcome?

2.      When did you realize that advertising could be your career choice? Was there a particular campaign that truly inspired you? Please explain.

3.      Imagine you have to create an ad selling yourself to Ringling College. What would it say? Be sure to emphasize your best features.

Portfolio recommendations for GRAPHIC DESIGN
The Graphic Design portfolio should include sketches from observation, as well as visual work samples and writing samples that demonstrate the versatility and potential of your talent. Design projects such as posters or logos may be included, but are not mandatory. Drawings, photographs or collage pieces should demonstrate an awareness of the frame or page and the visual relationship of the elements within it. Work submitted should demonstrate diversity of style and a strong sense of overall composition, regardless of medium. Portfolios may also include class assignments, design projects, animations, photography, paintings, sculpture, film and video. 

Portfolio recommendations for INTERIOR DESIGN
INTERIOR DESIGN applicants are not required to submit an art portfolio, but may do so if they wish to demonstrate their drawing or design skills. Success as an Interior Designer can be independent of the natural ability to draw; however, the ability to think critically and collaborate is essential. Therefore, it is recommended that applicants complete two exercises to assess their critical thinking and collaboration abilities and submit these as the portfolio. Please submit any documentation or images to Slideroom via the Common Application.

  1. Describe a collaborative project that you have worked on. This can be a project at school, for your family (such as a home renovation), place of worship or community service. What were your challenges and successes when working on the project? What did you learn while working on the project? Photos of the project may be submitted. Links to a social media account are acceptable to supplement the exercise.

  2. Critique a learning space that you have experienced (school, place of worship, community center, library, etc.). Discuss the overall appearance and function of the space. Describe what works and what doesn't about the space, and explain why. What could the designer have done differently? Photos or sketches may be included. Links to a social media account are acceptable to supplement the exercise.

Portfolio recommendations for MOTION DESIGN
Although recommended, examples of drawing are not required. Portfolios may include class assignments, design projects, animations, photography, paintings, sculpture, film and video. The work may be created by hand or digitally, but must be original. Your ability to think creatively is important to us too, so feel free to include pages from your sketchbook. 

Portfolio recommendations for the following majors: FINE ARTS;  PHOTOGRAPHY & IMAGING
Although recommended, examples of drawing are not required. Portfolios may also include class assignments, design projects, animations, photography, paintings, sculpture, film and video. The work must be original. Your ability to think creatively is important to us too, so feel free to include pages from your sketchbook. 

Portfolio recommendations for FILM
Filmmaking is an amalgam of the visual arts, as well as the performing arts, music, literature and writing. As a result, portfolio requirements for Digital Filmmaking students are different. Samples of drawing, photography, film and video are accepted in the portfolio, but we are very interested in writing samples—for example: a screenplay, stage play, short story, essay, poetry or article. Theater, dance, or music experience is also acceptable, and can be submitted on your résumé, or you can submit a visual or audio recording. In the portfolio, you are encouraged to submit anything that best represents who you are and what you think will make a strong impression.

Portfolio recommendations for BUSINESS OF ART AND DESIGN 
While BUSINESS OF ART AND DESIGN candidates are not required to submit an art portfolio, applicants are encouraged to submit a creative project portfolio. The portfolio should document your interests and creative activities that have led to ideas that reflect your interests and are an outlet for personal expression. Typically, successful candidates have demonstrated a range of ideas—for example: technology driven products, hospitality services, and online art and crafts stores. Personal creativity reflective of innovation, collaboration, and imagination should be the thread of your portfolio. Additional evidence of strong interest in the BUSINESS OF ART AND DESIGN program can be reflected in your general education and extracurricular activities. Excellence in the arts and sciences as demonstrated through 1) leadership in business, entrepreneurship, and creative media clubs; 2) creation of after school enterprises where building, selling, and promoting creative arts and media has led to the development of a new product or service; and 3) a personal history of creativity and accomplishment as evidenced though letters of recommendation and your personal essay. Please submit any documentation or images to Slideroom via the Common Application.

 

After You're Accepted

Congratulations!  Your acceptance letter functions as an invitation to join Ringling College of Art and Design. It is your responsibility to respond if you plan to enroll. We will not hold a space for you until you follow the steps below:

1. Create a Ringling Network Account. Your acceptance letter will contain instructions for setting up an account.

2. Submit your $500 confirmation fee. This holds your space in the incoming class. Acceptance alone does not guarantee that a space will be available to you.

3. Once we receive your  confirmation fee, we will send you information on how to request on-campus housing. We guarantee housing to all new students who request it by May 1 for the following fall semester.

4. If you are still enrolled in high school at the time of your acceptance, you must graduate with a standard high school diploma or GED. Home-schooled students must also achieve a standard high school diploma (recognized by their local school district) or GED. 

5. Whether you are enrolled in high school or another college at the time of your acceptance, you must complete any coursework with a minimum grade-point-average of 2.0 or higher.

 

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