As a Ringling student, you’ll never be searching for things to do. You can relax at one of Sarasota’s many white sand beaches, head downtown to explore the restaurants and farmers market, practice your grinds at the city skatepark, borrow a Ringling-owned bike, rent a kayak, or even take a dolphin tour. There are world-class theaters, improv, night clubs, arts festivals, contemporary dance and theatre, a vibrant local gallery and music scene, and so much more. Or you just hang out on our tropical 48-acre campus right where you live—because there is everything you could need, from a fitness center, coffee shops, a brand new library, and dozens of clubs and organizations. Sarasota’s outstanding climate means you can enjoy the fresh air and gorgeous light almost every day of the year.
For 85 years, we have been cultivating the creative spirit in students from around the globe through our studio model of teaching – or learning by making. You will create work with a purpose and explore the creative process through studio projects. As a freshman, you will jump right into your major, working in professional studios and undergoing a comprehensive liberal arts program designed specifically to inspire and inform studio work. You can choose from eleven BFA programs, two BA programs, and several minors and off-campus programs to complement and amplify your work. As a student at Ringling, you'll receive the highest quality art and design education, work with the most cutting-edge technology and tools, and collaborate with the biggest names in the arts industries.
The entire Ringling College experience is designed to land you the creative career of your dreams. And we know that to become a pro, you have to work with the pros. That’s why we guarantee every student the opportunity to take on actual client projects, from designing creative solutions, to collaborating with project teams, to ultimately presenting real-world campaigns. Connect and collaborate with industry professionals, internationally acclaimed artists, and top art and design businesses from around the world through our numerous programs, including the Collaboratory, ART Network, Studio Lab, Design Center, and internships. We will put you on your way to becoming the creative leader you always dreamed of—long before you graduate—and we will keep you there with lifelong Career Center services.
Let’s get you started on your creative journey! As a student at Ringling, you’ll receive the highest quality art and design education, work with the most cutting-edge technology and tools, and collaborate with the biggest names in the arts industries.
Early Action Deadline for Computer Animation applications only. Computer Animation applicants who select Early Action and submit all application requirements by November 1 will have their admission decision mailed no later than December 15. Early Action is not binding, and applicants may apply to other colleges. The earlier notification of the decision allows students and families more time to plan for enrollment. Applicants for all other majors may apply at any time; decisions will be mailed within four weeks of completion of all application requirements.
Fall Preview Day for prospective students
Deadline for Computer Animation applications. Decisions will be mailed by April 1.
Applicants for all other majors may apply at any time; decisions will be mailed within four weeks of completion of all application requirements.
Spring Preview Day for prospective students
Ringling College has been inspiring and shaping emerging creativeleaders for over 85 years. We
have the professional resources, connections, and faculty to support you in whatever your creative goal may be. Don’t just take our word for it—see what our alumni are doing!
To graduate career-ready, you’ll have the opportunity to work with real-world clients from day one. No matter what your major, we offer several programs to give you the tools, experience, and familiarity working on actual client projects, from conception to execution. High profile assignments like feature films, live television jobs, video game development, and more, will give you the experience you need!
Our studios, labs, and classrooms are outfitted with the world’s most cutting-edge technology and designed to enable you to learn, experiment, and create work in a professional setting. You’ll have access the most advanced tools and technology to push your work further than you thought possible.
Did you know that Sarasota, Florida, is ranked #1 US City for Well-Being and was voted for having best white sand beaches in America? Plus, there are hundreds of activities, restaurants, clubs, and galleries. There is always something fun to do!
Our global economy is driven by creativity, making it today's most sought after skill. That's why creative thinking is at the core of our curriculum.
Want to learn from someone who worked on Transformers, King Kong, or Finding Nemo? Develop your illustration techniques with one of the "25 Most Innovative Illustrators in America”? Or refine your writing skills from a published author? You can at Ringling. Our incredible faculty is comprised of award-winning artists, designers, writers, and scholars who are passionate about shaping the next generation of creative leaders through our hands-on studio model of teaching. And over 60% of our instructors are committed full time, more than twice the national average for private art and design colleges, because inspiring the next generation of creatives is our passion and priority. As new technologies, industries, and work practices emerge, we expand our campus and curriculum to accommodate. This means you will have access to world-class facilities, internationally renowned art and artists, several state of the art gallery exhibition spaces, and the most professional creative training in the world. Currently, we have several major projects underway, including a film soundstage and post-production complex that will fill an entire city block, a library, a visual arts center with facilities for woodworking, glass, ceramics, printmaking, photography and digital fabrication, and a world-class museum for contemporary art. Yes, our studios, labs, and classrooms are outfitted with industry-grade tools and technology designed to empower students to create, experiment, and work in a professional setting. But we know that art and design students need access to their tools and technology outside of the classroom as well. That's why, on your first day at Ringling College, you will receive a brand new laptop, loaded with the most up-to-date software for your major, free of charge. And our new Athena Initiative, a cloud-based virtual desktop, means you have access to your files and high-resolution, professional applications to continue working wherever your creativity strikes, any place, any time.
Experienced in their fields and in the classroom.
Library, soundstage, art center, and museum.
America's Most Wired Campus
Fully loaded laptop and support for every student.
Ringling College of Art and Design
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895
Phone: (941) 351–5100
Office Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm EST