Business of Art & Design BA Degree


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Business of Art and Design 

Creativity meets business management in this BA program.

The Business of Art and Design major at Ringling College bridges the disciplines of design and business management.

Our project-based design curriculum provides an integrated focus on the role of art, design, and creative leadership in business.  The program emphasizes entrepreneurship, the business of design, project planning and management, and leadership for creative industries.

As a Business of Art and Design student at Ringling College, you will master business management essentials, explore the principles of design, and learn to collaborate with cross-disciplinary teams.  Whether you are looking to start your own business, pursue a career on the business side of creative organizations, or become a great leader, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to bring your ideas from concept to market.

With a Business of Art and Design degree, you will enter the job market equipped with a multifaceted skill set that allows you to apply for a variety of positions. You will have the option to pursue multiple career paths, from marketing to film production to creative project management.

 

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Business of Art and Design: Awards & Accolades
 

 

H20 Conservation Student Work Featured in Good Magazine

Students Present To Microsoft Gaming Studio Execs

National Addy Silver Award

 

thirty-one siggraph electronic theater winners

ranked #1 animation school by 3d world magazine

 

 

Business of Art and Design: Student Work

 

 

2018 Business of Art and Design Senior Thesis Exhibition


 

Turning Passion Into Profession


 

 

Business of Art and Design Alumni: Where are they now?
 

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Sarah Kambara '14

Production Coordinator
Pixar

“This program offers many opportunities to discover and advance your career. And it’s different from other business schools—you learn the hard skills and become business minded, but you learn in way that is molded toward the creative mind.”

Sarah transferred to the Business of Art and Design program to work with artists. Here, she fell in love with animation, and her internship and thesis experience only deepened her desire to work in the industry.  Knowing that creative giants such as Walt Disney Animation Studios also need business-minded managers, she applied for a position and was accepted. Now with Pixar, Sarah is excited to take her career to the next level.

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Keith Nielsen '15

Creative Freelancer
Film & TV

“More and more I see the need for business thinkers in the creative world. We serve as connectors because we know the creative language and workflow, as well as what is needed to run a department.”

Since graduating in 2015, Keith has worked in the costume department on two seasons of Mozart in the Jungle and costume designed actor Justin Long’s web series. The Business of Art and Design program taught him how to work as a creative thinker and manager, concepting ideas, presenting them, and supporting them with research and analysis.

These valuable skills empower Keith to work in many different creative fields—which he continues to do as a Creative Freelancer.

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Wendy Oliva '15

Marketing Coordinator
Juki America, Inc.

“The Business of Art and Design program taught me how the worlds of business and design create symphony. Now everything is coming together—my passion for sewing, my shop on Etsy, and my marketing experience and education.”

Wendy has run an Etsy shop since 2010, even dedicating her senior thesis project to building a business plan for her hand-sewn craft business. At Ringling, Wendy used her business and design acumen to successfully brand and build her company, which led her into the field of marketing and opened up the door to a dream job offer—working with international sewing giant, Juki America, Inc.

 


Martha Patouris ‘18
Video Brewery | Operations Coordinator

Nada Khan ‘18
Heat + Deloitte Digital  | Associate Strategist

Devin Lee Ostertag ’12
Discover Space Organizing | Creative Entrepreneur

Taylor Reed ’12
SteelHouse | Account Manager

Aseel Kreishan ‘13
Panasonic | Marketing Specialist

Siouxsie Connor ’13
Sun Hydraulics | Marketing & Graphic Art

Keith Nielsen ‘15
Freelance (theatre) | Costume and Prop Designer

Agneta Ramoskaite ‘13
Feld Entertainment | Operations Coordinator

Lisa Szaraz ‘13
The Zebra | Office and Culture Manager

Sarah Kambara‘14
JibJab Bros. Studios | Producer

Ayu Saraswati ’14
Capital One | Product Owner

Alexandra Tibbe ‘14
Freelance (film)| Art Department, Prop Master, and Art Director Assistant

Wendy Oliva ‘15
Juki America | Marketing Coordinator

HappyCosmos  | Creative Entrepreneur

Nikelle Mackey ’16
TCG Entertainment | Marketing and Booking Coordinator

Daisy Lora ‘16
Freelance (film) | Producer and Unit Production Manager

Ally Sage ‘16
DreamWorks Animation | Production Assistant

Andrés Bronnimann ‘18
BE Latinoamérica | Creative Entrepreneur

 

See more career opportunities on our career support page.

 

 

Opportunities for Business of Art and Design students
 

Creativity at Work Speaker Series
Business of Art and Design has invited high-level executives and creative professionals from top companies and nonprofit organizations to visit Ringling College and lead interactive presentations and discussions for Business of Art and Design students and students from all of the majors on campus. These professionals share their work experiences and current projects, as well as give advice and information about their industries. In addition, many of the Visiting Creative Leaders work hands-on with students on various projects. Past speakers include leaders from Disney, Cirque de Soleil, MTV, DreamWorks, and many more.
 
Internships
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. 

ART Network
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.
 
The Collaboratory
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.

Studio Lab
The Ringling College Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab program connects aspiring film and production students to the best known filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, directors, and actors from around the world. Collaborate with, listen to, and engage with the leading filmmakers in the industry who are coming to Ringling College
 

 

 

 


 

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