PreCollege 2017

June 25–July 22, 2017

Are you up for the challenge?

Spend four weeks at Ringling College experiencing life as an art and design college student, learning directly from the world's best faculty, and working with the most advanced technology and facilities in the industry. 

PreCollege Brochure (PDF)  
***The PreCollege 2017 Application and application for Need-Based Scholarship Aid will be available November 1.




Make Friends, Make Art, Make Memories

Every summer, high school students from around the world come to Ringling College for an intense four-week art and design program to experience a taste of college life and earn college credit. Participants live in Ringling residence halls, learn essential concepts of art and design, and get acquainted with cutting-edge, professional facilities.

PreCollege Curriculum

All PreCollege, students take TWO immersions based in the Ringling College majors. On the application to PreCollege, students select immersions that focus in one or more majors or disciplines.

3D Computer Animation
Ad Design
Creative Writing
Drawing for Animation
Fine Arts
Game Design
Game Art
Graphic Design
Motion Design
Photography & Imaging
Stop Motion Design
Visual Development/Concept Art
ZBrush: Digital Sculpting


In addition to your immersions, all students are enrolled in five fundamental art and design courses: Drawing: Form & Space; Life Study; 2D: Color and Digital Processes; 3D: Form & Structure; and 4D: Art in Motion.

Wherever your PreCollege experience leads you, you’ll have Ringling College faculty and student teaching assistants offering valuable guidance every step of the way. Through critiques with faculty, guest artists, teaching assistants and peers, you’ll learn how to analyze and discuss your work and the work of others in a supportive setting. Focused dialogue and evaluations will help you to assess the strengths and weaknesses in your artistic practice. And those discoveries will bring you to the next challenge—applying what you learn to what you do. 

You’ll leave with a solid understanding of college-level artwork, a stronger portfolio for college applications and scholarships, and a number of lasting friendships.


Essential Facts



Mornings: Fundamentals
PreCollege weekday mornings begin with required studio courses focusing on the fundamentals:: Drawing: Form & Space, Life Study, 2D: Color and Digital Processes, 3D: Form & Structure, and 4D: Art in Motion. Guided by Ringling College faculty who are leaders in their fields, you’ll explore dynamic projects that open doors to new ideas and broaden your artistic vision. Expect to experiment, take risks and make mistakes. These lessons build your knowledge of materials and techniques, and strengthen your ability to think critically when presented with visual problems.

Afternoons: Immersions
In the afternoon, you’ll apply the skills and concepts introduced in the fundamental studio courses and explore the Ringling majors in depth. Immersions meet twice weekly and include directed open studio time. You may choose to take Immersions within one discipline, or experiment with multiple majors for exposure to varied approaches and mediums. You’ll develop your artistic voice, and build your observational, technical and analytical skills. During the process, you’ll ask yourself, “Is this really right for me?” Your experience will confirm you’re on the right track, or may lead you to look further.

Outside scheduled class time, co-curricular activities include museum trips, discussions about the different majors offered at Ringling College, as well as a broad menu of elective mini-workshops that provide additional exposure to new methods, skills and techniques.

Weekends offer down time and fun activities, but also plenty of open studio time to work on assignments in your Immersions. You’ll also have the option to participate in a Community Service project.

Yes. PreCollege is a full-time residential program and students are expected to remain on campus seven days a week throughout the program.

During PreCollege, students live with an assigned roommate of the same sex in air-conditioned residence halls within walking distance of all academic buildings and campus resources. The campus is compact—it takes about 10 minutes to get from here to there. The residence halls are secured with electronic key access to the buildings, with 24-hour on-campus security. Ringling College’s Residence Life staff and trained resident assistants provide supervision and guidance throughout your stay. 

PreCollege meals are provided in Hammond Commons with 3 meals daily Monday through Friday, and brunch and dinner on weekends. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options are available and additional special dietary accommodations can be met by the caring dining room staff.

Create memories, and forge lasting friendships through social activities organized by Student Life. Fun evening and weekend events include outings to local shops and beaches, and offer a glimpse into the college experience. A fully equipped fitness center, basketball court, and soccer games help you relax after time in the studio. 

For 2017, the program costs $5,870, which includes an application fee and tuition deposit, tuition, room and board, and all art supplies. There is also a refundable damage/residency deposit of $275. 

Need-Based Scholarships
Through Ringling College, we are able to provide a limited number of need-based, partial scholarships. Complete applications must be received by February 17, 2017. Notifications of awards are made in late March. We encourage students and their families to seek alternative sources for scholarships, including your local community foundations, arts councils or museums, and other philanthropic organizations.

High school students from across the United States and abroad attend PreCollege each summer. Students must be between 16 and 18 years of age (must be 16 by June 25, 2017) and currently enrolled in 10th through 12th grades. If you are graduating in 2016, you ARE eligible, so get a jump start on your college career! Each year, students come from about 35 states in the USA, and approximately 10% of attendees are international students.

Successful students can click here to request a transcript.



We follow a rolling admissions calendar and welcome your application so long as there is space available. Many immersions do fill quickly, so we do encourage early applications; but there are many opportunities available well into the spring that will challenge you, excite you, and help you build critical art and design skills. 

PreCollege opens doors to college admissions, scholarships, and other long-term career goals. Not only will you earn college credit and get a head start on figuring out your college and career goals, but you will have access to the insights and expectations of the world's leading art and design faculty. Learn how to create college-level work and build your portfolio to make you a stronger, more focused candidate for art and design school.

Successful students earn three elective college credits for PreCollege, assessed on a Pass/Fail basis.

At the end of the PreCollege program, family and friends will be invited to attend a student exhibition and ceremony to recognize participants for their academic and leadership accomplishments. $5,000 scholarships towards Ringling College tuition are awarded to four top students for academic achievement and two are awarded by the Office of Student Life for student leadership.

Successful students can click here to request a transcript.


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Contact Us

Don't hesitate to contact our Continuing Studies and Special Programs department with any questions you may have about PreCollege. We are here to help!

Ringling College of Art and Design
Continuing Studies and Special Programs
2700 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34234-5895
phone: (941) 955-8866
fax: (941) 955-8801

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***The PreCollege 2017 Application and application for Need-Based Scholarship Aid will be available November 1.


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