How to Apply

Applying to Ringling


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In the section below, select the application type that best applies to you. Thoroughly review the requirements, collect your materials, and complete your portfolio (if applicable).

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Important Dates


Application Deadlines

Early Action Deadline for Computer Animation only:  November 1, 2016
Students who submit all application requirements (Common Application, Portfolio, Transcript(s), Letter of Recommendation,  and TOEFL/IELTS score if applicable) by November 1 will be notified of our decision by December 15. This is a non-binding plan, so your option to apply to other colleges remains flexible.

Regular Decision Deadline for Computer Animation only:  January 15, 2017
Students who complete all application requirements by January 15 will be notified of our decision by April 1.

For all other majors, Ringling College operates on a rolling admissions system. Space in all programs and in campus housing is limited, so we recommend that you apply early.

Preview Days

Preview Day is a great opportunity to get to know Ringling College from the people who know it best—our students and faculty. You'll have the opportunity to explore our majors, learn about life on campus, find out how to apply, and much more. Fall Preview Day will be in October/November 2016, and Spring Preview Day will be in February 2017. Check back for upcoming dates and registration information.

 

 

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Application Requirements


 

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 or written portfolio is required for all majors except Business of Art & Design. All portfolios, both visual and written, must be submitted digitally through the Portfolio* portion of the Common Application. Please see our Portfolio Prep page for information and suggestions based on your chosen major.

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

 

 

To provide the very best support for our international students, we require students who are citizens of countries where English is not the common language to 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 -  A minimum score of 61 (internet version) is required for admission. 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. ESL courses are taught concurrently with other coursework and do not require additional semesters or delay graduation. There is no additional charge for ESL courses.
  2. IELTS - A minimum score of 6.0 is required for admission. 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. ESL courses are taught concurrently with other coursework and do not require additional semesters or delay graduation. There is no additional charge for ESL courses.
  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.

For more information about international student services, visa requirements, and life at Ringling College, visit our page for international students.

 

  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 or written portfolio is required for all majors except Business of Art & Design. For art majors, 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. Please see our Portfolio Prep page for more details on what your portfolio should contain.

*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 Applicants

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.

Transfer Credits from International Institutions

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.

 

Studio Transfer Credit
Students who have taken studio art courses at another regionally accredited institution of higher education may have those courses and a portfolio reviewed by the department head or Academic Affairs designee to determine if the credits can apply to the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts degrees.  Requests for studio transfer credit must be supported by a sufficient number of portfolio submissions that demonstrate the competencies associated with those required by the majors. 

Permission to take courses at other colleges during the summer is granted through the Office of Advising, Records and Registration Services.  Students must meet with their Academic Advisor who will consider all aspects of the student’s request, including the quality and level of the proposed course and its role in the student’s program of study before completing a Transient Student form.  Courses intended to fulfill major requirements must also be approved by the department head.

Students entering with an Associate of Arts or Bachelor of Arts degree from a regionally accredited college or university will be considered to have met the liberal arts requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or Bachelor of Arts degree.  Students entering with an Associate of Science or Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally accredited college or university will have their liberal arts credits evaluated to determine if they fulfill the distribution requirements for the B.F.A. degree or the B.A. degree.  Additional course work may be required.  

 

Art History Transfer Credit
Students who have taken art history courses at another regionally accredited institution of higher education may have those courses 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. Departments at Ringling College may have specific art history requirements such as a history of the discipline. The proposed transfer credit will be reviewed by the Academic Advisor and/or an Academic Affairs designee to determine if the credit meets institutional standards for course equivalence. 

 

Liberal Arts Transfer Credit
Consistent with the requirements for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Ringling College will accept for credit, courses drawn from the following three areas of knowledge: humanities and fine arts; social and behavioral sciences; and natural sciences and mathematics.  

 

Admission to Advanced Standing by Portfolio Review
A portfolio of work is internally reviewed by the department head or designee for advanced standing in the student’s selected program of study. The portfolio must demonstrate mastery of skills and sufficient knowledge of content in the college level course for which placement is being sought. Students demonstrating competence beyond that required for entrance may be exempted from one or more college-level courses in the subject or subjects covered by the portfolio review, provided that such demonstration of competence is confirmed by further successful study in residence in the same field.  Credit is not awarded for advanced standing and students will be expected to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation. Transfer credit is granted only when the coursework is externally validated through a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a C or better or through programs such as IB and AP.  

 

Residency Requirement
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.  

 

Dual Enrollment
Courses taken in high school on a dual enrollment basis with a regionally accredited college or university will be considered for transfer credit.

 

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  

 

Veterans
Ringling College is approved for veterans’ study under several GI bills, and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.  Veterans should contact the Veteran Certifying Official in the Office of Advising, Records and Registration Services for more information.

 

International Students:
International students who have attended a college/university outside the United States and are requesting transfer credit must have their academic credentials evaluated by a Foreign Credential Evaluation Service. This evaluation must include a “course by course” evaluation with grades or marks and credits or hours equated to the U.S. system. The official and sealed credential evaluation must be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar at Ringling College of Art and Design. International students must have their transcripts evaluated by The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) International Education Services ies.aacrao.org , which is RCAD's required evaluation service.

 

Advanced Placement Credit:
Ringling College must receive the official Advanced Placement (AP) Transcript within the first year of the student’s matriculation if credit is to be awarded. No AP credit will be awarded after the student has completed one full year at Ringling College.

 

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

In order to be eligible to enroll in the Spring Semester, you must have previously completed specific college-level 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

Students applying for benefits will be required to provide proof of eligibility prior to receiving benefits.  New students applying for benefits must make an appointment to see the Veteran’s Administration (VA) Certifying Official in the Office of Advising, Records and Registration.  The VA Certifying Official will then complete eligibility papers for the student and submit them to the VA.  Eligible students must maintain satisfactory academic progress for all terms in which they are enrolled, in order to continue to receive benefits.

For information and forms, visit the Department of Veteran Affairs website at www.gibill.va.gov.  Click on the links, "Apply for Benefits" and "Get Started".  This website contains all of the information you will need to take you through the step-by-step process of applying for your VA benefits.  You may also contact the VA by phone at 1-888-GIBill1 (1.888-442.4551) and a VA Education Case Manager will assist you through this process.

You can contact Ringling College's VA Certifying Official, Joanne Garbarino at 941.359.7529 (vabenefits@ringling.edu) with any questions or concerns that you may have. You can make an appointment with Joanne by clicking here: Make an appointment 

Application For Readmission - Students who have previously attended Ringling College of Art and Design and wish to return to complete their degree program should complete this application.  Return this application to the attention of the Readmission Counselor at the address listed on the Application for Readmission Students who took courses at other institutions since attending Ringling College must present an official final transcript with grades of "C" or better to be considered for readmission.  Acceptance will be decided on a competitive basis among other readmit students vying for the same level and on a space-available basis.

Students who have not attended Ringling College of Art and Design for 10 years or more must reapply to the College through the Admissions Office.

You can contact Ringling College's Readmissions Counselor, Joanne Garbarino at 941-359-7529 (jgarbari@ringling.edu) with any questions or concerns that you may have. You can make an appointment with Joanne by clicking here: Make an appointment 

 

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Ringling College of Art and Design is a member of the Common Application. To start your application, visit the Common Application website at commonapp.org and search for Ringling College.

Complete application as directed. We operate on a rolling admissions system for all majors except Computer Animation.

 

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If you have any questions about your application, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@ringling.edu or 941-309-0195.

 

Credits


 

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.

 


 

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

 

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