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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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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. Please review the departmental recommendations for each major before submitting a portfolio.

Portfolio recommendations for the following majors:

COMPUTER ANIMATION
 
GAME ART
 
ILLUSTRATION

Be sure to show lots of examples of drawing from life and direct observation, such as:

  • Hands, feet, human figures and animals
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  • Representational drawing
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  • Interior and/or exterior environments
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You can also include:

  • Class assignments, design projects
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  • Animation, multimedia
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  • Paintings, photographs, sculptures, film and video
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Important to remember: 
Do not copy from another artist. Avoid cliches like anime, tattoo designs, dragons, or unicorns. At least half of your portfolio should consist of drawing from direct observation. Your ability to think creatively is important to us, so feel free to include pages from your sketchbook. 

Note: The Computer Animation application deadline is January 15.

Portfolio recommendations for ADVERTISING DESIGN

Advertising Design applicants may fulfill the portfolio requirement by submitting a visual art portfolio, or by completing the written exercises below. You may submit both if you wish. Applicants should include a resume that emphasizes leadership, community service, work experience and/or entrepreneurship.  We are especially interested in work and written communication that demonstrate individual originality and creative approaches to problem solving. 

You may incorporate any or all of the following in your visual art portfolio:

  • Design projects 
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  • Illustration and animation
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  • Photography, film, video, multimedia projects
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  • Paintings, drawings, sketches from observation
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Suggested topics for writing samples for the ADVERTISING DESIGN portfolio: 

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

Critical and Visual Studies applicants may fulfill the portfolio requirement by submitting a visual art portfolio, or by submitting writing samples. You may submit both if you wish. 

You may incorporate any or all of the following in your visual art portfolio:

  • Design projects 
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  • Illustration and animation
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  • Photography, film, video, multimedia projects
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  • Paintings, drawings, sketches from observation
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Suggested topics for writing samples for the CRITICAL AND VISUAL STUDIES portfolio: 

  • Tell us your story: Who you are, and what you love to do

  • Describe how you would present a life changing experience as a public art project

  • If you're a writer, give examples (screenplay, stage play, short story, essay, poetry, or article)

  •  Successful candidates could demonstrate a range of ideas—for example: technology driven art projects, studio based exploration, online art and crafts stores and photo and/or movie projects. 

Portfolio recommendations for INTERIOR DESIGN

Interior Design applicants may fulfill the portfolio requirement by submitting a visual art portfolio, or by completing the written exercises below. You may submit both if you wish. Success as an Interior Designer can be independent of the natural ability to draw; however, the ability to think critically and collaborate is essential. 

You may incorporate any or all of the following in your visual art portfolio:

  • Design projects 
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  • Illustration and animation
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  • Photography, film, video, multimedia projects
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  • Paintings, drawings, sketches from observation
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Suggested topics for writing samples for the INTERIOR DESIGN portfolio:

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

Critique a learning space that you have experienced (school, church, 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?

Portfolio recommendations for FILM

Film applicants may fulfill the portfolio requirement by submitting a visual art portfolio, or by submitting writing samples. You may submit both if you wish. Film brings together all the arts, including visual and performing arts, music, and writing—literature and storytelling.

You may incorporate any or all of the following in your visual art portfolio:

  • Design projects 
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  • Illustration and animation
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  • Photography, film, video, multimedia projects
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  • Paintings, drawings, sketches from observation
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Suggested topics for writing samples for the FILM portfolio:

  • Tell us your story: Who you are, and what you love to do

  • Write about a performing arts experience, if any

  •  If you're a writer, give examples (screenplay, stage play, short story, essay, poetry, or article)

Portfolio recommendations for CREATIVE WRITING

Creative Writing applicants fulfill the portfolio requirement by submitting a written portfolio that best represents who you are as well as your abilities as a creative writer. 

Applicants should submit:

  • Original writing samples of any kind
  • Poetry
  • Essays
  • Fiction and nonfiction
  • Stage Plays and Screen Plays

Additionally, applicants are asked to include a short written statement, no more than 3 double-spaced pages, that addresses the following:

  • Your literary influences, specifically in terms of what you're learned from them, not just what you like.

  • The critical or creative issues you are interested in pursuing at Ringling College.

  • Anything else that supports your interest in Creative Writing.

Although not required, applicants may also submit a visual art portfolio to supplement the written submission. You may incorporate any or all of the following in the optional visual art portfolio:

  • Design projects 
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  • Illustration and animation
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  • Photography, film, video, multimedia projects
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  • Paintings, drawings, sketches from observation

Portfolio recommendations for BUSINESS OF ART AND DESIGN 

Business of Art and Design applicants fulfill the portfolio requirement by submitting a creative project portfolio that documents interests and creative activities that are an outlet for personal expression. Personal creativity reflective of innovation, collaboration, and imagination should be the thread of the portfolio. 

Demonstrate evidence of excellence in the arts and sciences by showing:

  • Leadership in business, entrepreneurship, and creative media clubs
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  • Creation of after school enterprises which have led to the development of a new product or server
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  • A personal history of creativity and accomplishment as evidenced through letters of recommendation and a personal essay. 
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Portfolio recommendations for the following majors:

FINE ARTS

GRAPHIC DESIGN

MOTION DESIGN

PHOTOGRAPHY and IMAGING

Your portfolio is reviewed with your chosen major in mind. You may incorporate any or all of the following in your visual art portfolio:

  • Design projects (logos, posters, books, sculpture, products, etc.)
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  • Illustration and animation
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  • Photography, film, video, multimedia projects
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  • Paintings, drawings, sketches from observation
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  • Samples of your writing
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  • Images from your sketchbook
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  • Website or mobile app designs

Important to remember: 

Work may be created by hand or digitally, and should demonstrate diversity of style and strong sense of overall composition, regardless of medium.  Make sure all of your work is original! 

 

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.

 

We're here to help if you have questions, and we hope to see you here!