JUMP START your future and see for yourself what it’s like to study, live and create at one of the nation's most prestigious college of art and design. PreCollege at Ringling College of Art and Design offers talented high school students a chance to live the art school experience and take on the rigors of a college-level visual arts curriculum.
PreCollege 2016 [pdf brochure to download]
PreCollege 2016 Online Application
Applications will be processed beginning November 2, 2015, but are processed on a rolling-admissions basis through Spring.
PreCollege 2016 Online Teacher Recommendation
Ringling College of Art and Design is able to provide a limited number of need-based scholarship grants. The deadline to apply for aid is February 29, 2016.
PreCollege Need-Based Scholarship Application [pdf to download]
CONGRATULATIONS! to the PreCollege 2015 winners of $5000 Presidential Scholarships for Academic Excellence and $5000 Student Leadership Initiative Scholarships.
- Academic Excellence Scholarships: Jessica Xu, Lee Marvel Witz, Jamie M. Green, and Katherine E. Johnson!
- Student Leadership Initiative Scholarships: Douglas Alberts and Tide W. Anderson
What is PreCollege at Ringling College of Art and Design?
Students from around the country and abroad come together to study the arts in a four-week intensive, residential program while earning college credit. They live together, learn together, and experience a summer of discovery, growth and exploration.
The PreCollege program offers the best parts of the art college experience: in-depth studio instruction in five fundamental art and design courses, major-specific immersions in chosen areas of media study, and exciting social activities that balance your summer studies with fun on a beautiful Southwest Florida campus.
You’ll leave with stronger competencies and skills to build your portfolio. PreCollege teaches process rather than teaching to the portfolio. Your PreCollege experience will help bring into focus your long-term career goals as an artist or designer.
From Here to There
The PreCollege program is an unforgettable summer experience designed
to help you succeed with your transition to college. We give you the tools for a strong portfolio of work, opening doors to college admissions, scholarships, and other long-term career goals. Representatives from Admissions and the Center for Career Services walk you through the steps of portfolio preparation and the college application process. They are available to provide information and answer your questions about future career options in art and design. The PreCollege program is "graded" on a satisfactory / unsatisfactory basis for the granting of academic credit, but at the completion of the program, you will receive an assessment from all seven of your instructors, with suggestions for improvement and refinement, as well as recommendations for inspiration.
Student Exhibition and PreCollege Awards
PreCollege culminates in a student exhibition for family and friends and a final certificate ceremony where students are recognized for their accomplishments. Top students from PreCollege Perspective are awarded a $5,000 scholarship toward their first-year tuition at Ringling College of Art and Design. In 2015, we awarded four $5000 Presidential Scholarships for Academic Excellence to those with the highest academic achievement, and two additional $5,000 Student Life Leadership Initiative Scholarships.
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