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Entertainment Design

Learn to delight, amuse, enchant, immerse, and enthrall in our Entertainment Design degree. Create themed spaces and environments that bring stories to life across countless industries. 

Themed Cocktail Shaker
Brendan Assaf, ’23

Bring spaces to life in this exciting new BFA program.

This is themed entertainment design – translating stories into experiences. Our Entertainment Design major teaches you to collaborate with artists, designers, and other creatives to bring your vision to life, and develop the visual communication skills of an artist and the problem solving skills of a designer. With a focus on the built environment, your artistic and technical skills are applied to project designs for theme park design, museums and exhibitions, concerts, sporting events, expos, hotels and restaurants, retail spaces, and more for an industry expanding worldwide.

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Turning Dreams Into Reality: Q&A with Jamie DeRuyter

Jamie DeRuyter is a 3D artist, animator, and faculty member at Ringling College of Art & Design  Entertainment design is a fast-evolving field that continues to grow at a rapid pace. From theme parks and interactive storytelling to immersive art installations, themed retail and hospitality,...

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Student Work

  • Stills
  • Samples

Susan Saulnier

Lindt Chocolate

Brendan Assaf

Vespa storefront: Piazza de Vespisti

Stella Pappi

Remaining Ashes

Elijah Adams

Soda River Rapids

Susan Saulnier

Lindt Chocolate

Brendan Assaf

Vespa storefront: Piazza de Vespisti

Stella Pappi

Remaining Ashes

Elijah Adams

Soda River Rapids

Design the Experience from Start to Finish

Images above created by Wrenhouse Design, Scott Wren alumnus ’97, and provided courtesy of ©Universal Creative, ©Loews Hotels, ©Wrenhouse Design.

Program Emphasis on Themed Environments

Projects focus on developing a strong foundation of concept development, and building a knowledge of three‐dimensional spatial relationships, material properties, and fabrication techniques. You will develop advanced technical skills using a variety of digital design techniques in drawing, CAD drawing, 3D modeling, and 3D prototyping. Ringling College is a member of the industry’s major organization, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), which shares news and events in the industry and connects students across the country. 

Real Industry Experience

  • Themed Environments
  • Cultural Destinations
  • Themed Retail
  • Themed Restaurants

Harry Potter World
Atlantis
Men in Black
Revenge of the Mummy
The Simpsons ride
ET Adventure
Skull Island: Reign of Kong
Jurassic Park
The Cat in the Hat ride
Spaceship Earth
Journey into Imagination

Museums
Meow Wolf
Museum of Ice Cream
Zoos
Theaters
Kidzania
St. Michael’s Mystery, Prague
National Science Center, Fort Discovery Theater
National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitors Center
Titanic Belfast
I Am A Man Plaza, Memphis

Tesla
Apple Store
Microsoft Store
Niketown
Madrid Xanadu
Terminal 21, Bangkok
Joy City, Shanghai
Cadillac House Brand Experience, New York City
Ample Hills Creamery, multiple locations in US
Tom Ford Private Blend Experience, Dubai

Hard Rock
Tommy Bahama
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
Medieval Times Dinner Tournament
T-REX Cafe
Pirates Dinner Adventure
Capone's Dinner & Show
The Cirque Magique
Mythos Restaurant, Islands of Adventure
Three Broomsticks
Margaritaville (multiple locations)

Harry Potter World
Atlantis
Men in Black
Revenge of the Mummy
The Simpsons ride
ET Adventure
Skull Island: Reign of Kong
Jurassic Park
The Cat in the Hat ride
Spaceship Earth
Journey into Imagination

Museums
Meow Wolf
Museum of Ice Cream
Zoos
Theaters
Kidzania
St. Michael’s Mystery, Prague
National Science Center, Fort Discovery Theater
National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitors Center
Titanic Belfast
I Am A Man Plaza, Memphis

Tesla
Apple Store
Microsoft Store
Niketown
Madrid Xanadu
Terminal 21, Bangkok
Joy City, Shanghai
Cadillac House Brand Experience, New York City
Ample Hills Creamery, multiple locations in US
Tom Ford Private Blend Experience, Dubai

Hard Rock
Tommy Bahama
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
Medieval Times Dinner Tournament
T-REX Cafe
Pirates Dinner Adventure
Capone's Dinner & Show
The Cirque Magique
Mythos Restaurant, Islands of Adventure
Three Broomsticks
Margaritaville (multiple locations)

Grads in the Industry

Kenn Hardy

Illustration '77

Kate Gibbs Coleman

Illustration '12

Shaun Ellis

Game Art '12

Employment Opportunities

Entertainment Design graduates will find opportunities across many different industries.
Here are a few examples of jobs that are available for our grads:

Attractions Designer
Branded Entertainment Designer
Creative Services Manager
Creative Director
Customer Experience Designer
Graphics Implementation Designer
Engagement Content Creator
Exhibit Fabricator
Exhibit Designer

Exhibit Content Developer
Experience Design Manager
Hospitality Designer
In-Show Graphics Designer
Interactive/Digital Project Manager
Museum Exhibit Designer
Planning Specialist
Production Show Set Designer
Project Manager

Show Designer
Show Set Lead/Architectural Designer
Sets & Scenic Designer
Signage Designer
Technical Director
Technical Designer
Technology Coordinator
Themed Entertainment Creator
Visualization Designer

Opportunities for students

  • The Collaboratory
  • Internships
  • Industry Critiques
We are proud to say that every Ringling student, regardless of major, is guaranteed the opportunity to gain professional work experience. Our Collaboratory Commitment pairs teams of Ringling students with local businesses to give students a taste of real-world projects, expectations, and deadlines. Facilitated by Collaboratory staff, students will meet with clients looking for creative, unconventional solutions to their branding and design challenges and execute the entire creative process of concepting, presenting, and building campaigns that meet their demands.
 
Work with our Career Services Center to prepare and guide you to finding an internship focused on your area of interest – we are here to help!  With networks around the region and the country, we help you gain exposure to professional best practices and practical application of your technical skills. We are constantly connecting with industry professionals to find new, exciting opportunities to put your skills to work and get a taste of real-world work demands. 
 
To further inform the work of our fourth year students, we bring in renowned, successful visiting artists to participate in milestone critiques. Coming from the top studios, brands, and businesses in the industry, our artists offer a relevant, real-world perspective to bring student thinking out of the classroom into the professional arena. This process provides our students with invaluable feedback from the best of the best in the field, which they can immediately apply to their current works in process.

We are proud to say that every Ringling student, regardless of major, is guaranteed the opportunity to gain professional work experience. Our Collaboratory Commitment pairs teams of Ringling students with local businesses to give students a taste of real-world projects, expectations, and deadlines. Facilitated by Collaboratory staff, students will meet with clients looking for creative, unconventional solutions to their branding and design challenges and execute the entire creative process of concepting, presenting, and building campaigns that meet their demands.

Work with our Career Services Center to prepare and guide you to finding an internship focused on your area of interest – we are here to help!  With networks around the region and the country, we help you gain exposure to professional best practices and practical application of your technical skills. We are constantly connecting with industry professionals to find new, exciting opportunities to put your skills to work and get a taste of real-world work demands. 

To further inform the work of our fourth year students, we bring in renowned, successful visiting artists to participate in milestone critiques. Coming from the top studios, brands, and businesses in the industry, our artists offer a relevant, real-world perspective to bring student thinking out of the classroom into the professional arena. This process provides our students with invaluable feedback from the best of the best in the field, which they can immediately apply to their current works in process.

Visiting Artists

Contact Us

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, just send us an email at the addresses below.

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(applying, portfolio, transfers, deadlines, events)
admissions@ringling.edu

General Questions
info@ringling.edu

Media Inquiries
(contact, releases, news)

Accessibility Inquiries
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Ringling College of Art + Design

2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895
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Phone:(941)351-5100

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Attention: Due to ongoing closures from our partner libraries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be unable to fill most book or book chapter interlibrary loan requests. We will continue to do our best to process article requests in a timely manner depending on availability.

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Director of Library Services

941-359-7582

Kristina Keogh

Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian

941-359-7583

Janelle Rebel

Technical Services Librarian   

941-359-7586

Janet Thomas

Instructional Design Librarian

941-309-0038

Claire Powell

Instructional Design Librarian

941-359-7671

Kayla Morrell

Archivist

941-309-4055

Alexandra Vargas-Fournier

Library Technician III (Cataloging and Metadata Assistant)   

941-359-7631

Lisa Martinez

Library Technician II (Periodicals and Interlibrary Loan)

941-359-7630

Katy Brandes

Library Technician III (Circulation Manager)  

941-359-7587

Tim DeForest

Library Technician III (Acquisitions Manager/Office Support)  

941-359-7584

Yolanda Coleman

Library Technician II (Circulation Assistant)  

941-359-7587

Sean Farrell

Circulation Assistant

 

Lisa Riley

Circulation Assistant

 

Christina Song

Circulation Assistant Arianna Westerfield

Borrowing

Patron Type # of Items Type of Material Borrowing Time
Student 40 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Faculty and Staff 40 Books 6 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 7 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Trustee, Alumni, Cross College Alliance, and  15 Books 3 weeks
Ringling College LibraryAssociation Members CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
PreCollege 5 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Local Teacher 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Chartwell’s and Follett employees located at Ringling 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
*The video game collection supports the research and teaching of the Game Art & Design program. Video games may not be checked out by Alumni, Ringling College Library Association members or Family members.

Spaces

The Alfred R. Goldstein Library features a wide variety of quiet, group study, and work process spaces. Looking for a quiet study area? Make your way up to the 3rd floor to look for a book in the Research Collection or peruse the new art magazines while relaxing in comfortable seating. When the weather is nice, you can take your coffee from Roberta’s Café on the first floor to one of the four terraces to work outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Looking for meeting space to get together with a group? Check out the group study rooms, which are available on all three floors of the Goldstein Library. The 10 group study rooms are available to students on a first-come first served basis, or available for booking by Ringling College faculty and staff for group and class meetings.

Library Hours

The library remains closed to all non-Ringling College visitors, including the general public and alumni, until further notice.

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Monday -Thursday: 8 AM – 11 PM
Friday: 8 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 12 PM – 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM – 11 PM

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM schedule during breaks.

Ringling College ID Access Only

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Hours for the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center:

By appointment only from Monday – Friday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM, no drop-ins. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Contact specialcollections@c.ringling.edu to schedule an appointment.

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Alfred R. Goldstein Library
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

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