AICAD 2016 Symposium at Ringling College

Beyond the BFA

November 2-4, 2016
Ringling College of Art and Design | Sarasota, FL

Hosted by Ringling College of Art and Design, the 2016 AICAD Symposium: Beyond the BFA examines and challenges the traditional learning structures employed by contemporary higher education institutions within the disciplines of art and design.

The rapid advancement and evolution of technology and communication engenders invention in the field of higher education. As alternative teaching and delivery models become more convenient, affordable, and accepted, universities and colleges must adapt to remain relevant. 

But how do the hands-on and individualized programs of study associated with art and design education respond and adjust to the demands of a changing student populace?

What channels or solutions beyond the traditional can be adopted to ensure quality art and design education is available to the ever-changing student demographic and needs?


About Us


The Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) is a nonprofit consortium of 43 leading art schools in the United States and Canada. It was founded in 1991 by a group of 25 presidents who felt a need for the similarly structured art schools to come together to mutually develop their schools and programs. Our mission is to help strengthen the member colleges individually and collectively and to inform the public about these colleges and the value of studying art and design. Learn more. 

About Ringling College

For nearly 85 years, Ringling College of Art and Design has cultivated the creative spirit in students from around the globe. The private, not-for-profit fully accredited college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in eleven disciplines and the Bachelor of Arts in two. The College’s rigorous curriculum employs the studio model of teaching and immediately engages students through a comprehensive, first-year program that is both specific to the major of study and focused on the liberal arts. The Ringling College teaching model ultimately shapes students into highly employable and globally aware artists and designers. Learn more. 



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