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Graphic Design

Create innovative solutions for print and digital media in our Graphic Design program. A top graphic design school, our students are technically skilled and highly competitive.

Senior Graphic Design Show 2019

Design your future in this BFA program.

Graphic Design is a diverse, dynamic, and flexible field, and Ringling’s Graphic Design program gives you a deep understanding of the design thinking process and how to apply it to a broad spectrum of 2D, 3D, and screen-based media. Learn strategies for creating concepts and designing interfaces that entice, inform, and surprise the user. Submit your work to the ADDY Awards or intern at the Ringling College Design Center. Our graduates work as graphic and product designers, creative and art directors, visual and interactive designers, or freelance and hand-pick their projects.

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Awards

TOP DESIGN SCHOOL

IN THE WORLD

RANKED NO. 2

IN THE SOUTH

GDUSA

STUDENT WINNERS

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Alumni Spotlight

Grads In The Industry

Leslie Carol ’19 
Octagon | Art Director

Michael Corey ’19
Leo Burnett: Department of Design​​ | Intern

Kelsey Rae Vined ’19
Nickelodeon​ | Graphic Art Designer

Tyler Brown ’18
FITCH​ | Junior Designer

Deandra Martis ’18
Saatchi & Saatchi X​ | Designer

Laura Guzman ’18
Studio BCC​ | Graphic Designer

David Allin Reese ’17
Google Material​ | Creative Assistant

Laszlo Bogdan ’17
Leo Burnett​ | Art Director

Olivia Strohm ’17
Walt Disney Imagineering​ | Creative Assistant

Flavio Vincenti ’16
Yahoo! | Senior Product Designer

Matthew Bongiolatti ’16
Spark | Designer

Anna Babayeva ’15
Instagram | Product Designer

AJ Castiglia ’15
Disney Streaming Services | Product Designer

Amalia Fredericksen ’15
Facebook | Visual Designer

Russell Mank ’15
Arc Worldwide | Visual + Interactive Designer

Mindy Nguyen ’15
Use All Five | Creative Director

Nancy Nystrom ’15
Edelman | Senior Art Director

Jamie Sharpsteen ’15
Facebook Messenger | Product Designer

Leslie Carol ’19 
Octagon | Art Director

Michael Corey ’19
Leo Burnett: Department of Design​​ | Intern

Kelsey Rae Vined ’19
Nickelodeon​ | Graphic Art Designer

Tyler Brown ’18
FITCH​ | Junior Designer

Deandra Martis ’18
Saatchi & Saatchi X​ | Designer

Laura Guzman ’18
Studio BCC​ | Graphic Designer

David Allin Reese ’17
Google Material​ | Creative Assistant

Laszlo Bogdan ’17
Leo Burnett​ | Art Director

Olivia Strohm ’17
Walt Disney Imagineering​ | Creative Assistant

Flavio Vincenti ’16
Yahoo! | Senior Product Designer

Matthew Bongiolatti ’16
Spark | Designer

Anna Babayeva ’15
Instagram | Product Designer

AJ Castiglia ’15
Disney Streaming Services | Product Designer

Amalia Fredericksen ’15
Facebook | Visual Designer

Russell Mank ’15
Arc Worldwide | Visual + Interactive Designer

Mindy Nguyen ’15
Use All Five | Creative Director

Nancy Nystrom ’15
Edelman | Senior Art Director

Jamie Sharpsteen ’15
Facebook Messenger | Product Designer

Leslie Carol ’19 
Octagon | Art Director

Michael Corey ’19
Leo Burnett: Department of Design​​ | Intern

Kelsey Rae Vined ’19
Nickelodeon​ | Graphic Art Designer

Tyler Brown ’18
FITCH​ | Junior Designer

Deandra Martis ’18
Saatchi & Saatchi X​ | Designer

Laura Guzman ’18
Studio BCC​ | Graphic Designer

David Allin Reese ’17
Google Material​ | Creative Assistant

Laszlo Bogdan ’17
Leo Burnett​ | Art Director

Olivia Strohm ’17
Walt Disney Imagineering​ | Creative Assistant

Flavio Vincenti ’16
Yahoo! | Senior Product Designer

Matthew Bongiolatti ’16
Spark | Designer

Anna Babayeva ’15
Instagram | Product Designer

AJ Castiglia ’15
Disney Streaming Services | Product Designer

Amalia Fredericksen ’15
Facebook | Visual Designer

Russell Mank ’15
Arc Worldwide | Visual + Interactive Designer

Mindy Nguyen ’15
Use All Five | Creative Director

Nancy Nystrom ’15
Edelman | Senior Art Director

Jamie Sharpsteen ’15
Facebook Messenger | Product Designer

Opportunities for students

  • The Design Center
  • Our College Viewbook
  • Visit Studios + Alumni
  • The Collaboratory
  • Internships

Put your design skills to work in our in-house design firm where things get real. Working with our dedicated faculty and in-house designers, you will have the opportunity to solve real communications problems for external clients, as well as for Ringling College events, exhibitions, and recruitment efforts.

We are the only art and design college that gives our students the opportunity to design our very own college viewbook. Every two years, a select group of students in the Design Center works together, with assistance from our award-winning faculty and staff, to create a brand-new design for the college viewbook. This gives our students the opportunity to work on a major publication, granting exposure to working across departments and with clients to design a campaign from start to finish.

Each Spring Break, the student officers of the Ringling AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Student group, plan and coordinate a studio tour for up to 12 students. Drawing upon the broad network of Ringling Graphic Design alumni, the student group selects a city to visit and schedules and coordinates studio visits. Past tours have gone to New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle, and studios visited range from international multi-office agencies to one or two-person boutique studios. As a volunteer officer, you can help decide where the next tour goes!
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 Center for Career Services 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. 

Put your design skills to work in our in-house design firm where things get real. Working with our dedicated faculty and in-house designers, you will have the opportunity to solve real communications problems for external clients, as well as for Ringling College events, exhibitions, and recruitment efforts.

Join our official campus television network and learn to interview, shoot, produce, and broadcast meaningful content taking place on our campus and in our community. Support the arts community, spreading the word about both local talent and international artists and designers while gaining hands-on experience in TV production.

Each Spring Break, the student officers of the Ringling AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Student group, plan and coordinate a studio tour for up to 12 students. Drawing upon the broad network of Ringling Graphic Design alumni, the student group selects a city to visit and schedules and coordinates studio visits. Past tours have gone to New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle, and studios visited range from international multi-office agencies to one or two-person boutique studios. As a volunteer officer, you can help decide where the next tour goes!

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.

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.

Employment Opportunities

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

Advertising Designer
App Designer
Art Director
Art Educator
Automotive Graphic Artist
Book Designer / Interactive
Brand Consultant
Brand Development Designer
Campaign Project Strategist
Catalog Designer
Computer Production Artist
Conceptual Designer
Corporate Marketing Designer
Creative Director
Creative Imaging Coordinator
Creative Marketing Director
Creative Services Manager
Communications Director
Design Director – Print Media
Designer Manager
Digital Image Artist
Digital Production Artist
Direct Marketing Designer
Editorial Designer 
Electronic Production Artist
Environmental Designer
Executive Web Producer
Exhibit Planner / Designer
Experience Design Strategist
Freelance Event Designer
Global Brand Manager
Graph Generation Specialist
Graphic Designer
Graphics Marketing Director
Image Design Director
Information Designer
Interactive Production Artist
Interactive Creative Director
Interactive Media Designer
Lead Web Designer
Licensing Production Artist
Logo Designer
Map Designer (Cartographer)
Marketing Artist
Marketing Presentation Artist
Marketing Graphics Director
Marketing Specialist 
Media Production Specialist
Mobile Application Designer
Mobile Web Designer
Motion Graphics Designer
Multimedia Art Director
Multimedia Services Manager
Online Experience Designer
Online Media Designer
Packaging Designer
Photo Art Director / Editor
Point of Purchase Designer
Pre-Press Graphic Designer
Print Media Design Director
Product Art Director
Product Designer / Illustrator
Production Manager
Production Specialist
Project Manager
Promotional Designer
Publications Director
Quality Control Artist
Signage Developer / Designer
Social Media Design Director
Sports Graphic Designer
Streaming Media Artist
Studio Production Manager
Studio Coordinator
Trade Show Booth Designer
Typeface / Font Designer
UI (User Interface) Designer
Video / Film Graphic Designer
Virtual Graphics Designer
Virtual Presentation Artist
Visual Identity Art Director
Wayfinding Designer
Website Art Director
Website Designer / Developer

Contact Us

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

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

General Questions
info@ringling.edu

Media Inquiries
(contact, releases, news)

Accessibility Inquiries
communications@ringling.edu

Ringling College of Art + Design

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

Office Hours:
M-F 8:30 am – 4:30 pm EST

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A Campus Designed for Creatives

Interlibrary Loan

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.

  • Loan Request
  • Magazine/Article Request
Interlibrary Loan Magazine/Article Request

Staff

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

Please note a Ringling College ID is required for access.

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.

Visit Us

Ringling College of Art + Design
Alfred R. Goldstein Library
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

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Suggest a Purchase: Library Acquisitions Request

We welcome recommendations for new library materials from the Ringling College community. Librarians will consider all requests bearing in mind their appropriateness for the collections and the current budget.
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