Direct yourself into the future of film.
BFA Program

Ultimately, film is all about the narrative. Every component of the process, from cinematography to sound design to production design, must work together to move the story forward.

As a Ringling College Film major, you will become an expert storyteller while working in an environment that mirrors that of the professional industry. You will develop your own narratives from screenwriting to final product. You will receive incomparable exposure to the filmmaking business and work on professional sets to get acquainted with industry equipment, processes, and best practices. You will also work with the industry's leading directors, producers and actors on campus and on set to learn from the professionals and build a network that will serve you long after you graduate. 

Film students will enjoy access to some of the biggest names in the filmmaking industry through the Ringling College Studio Lab, including Roman Coppola, Kevin Smith, Werner Herzog, and Sissy Spacek (among others) and will soon have access to a new 30,000 square foot soundstage and post production facility.

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Awards & Accolades


Bradley Battersby, Department Head of the Film program, has been named Variety's 2017 Mentor of the Year.


The Hollywood Reporter ranked Ringling College among the “Top 25 American Film Schools”. Moving up a spot from last year to #16, we are the youngest film school on the list. 


Where are they now?

Our alumni work on some of the biggest sets in the industry.


Our graduates contributed to these major projects, to name just a few.


51 Minds

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 

65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

ABC Television

AFI’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Mel Brooks


Comedy Central

Comedy Central Roast of James Franco

Dick Clark Productions


Don Mischer Productions

Girl Flu (feature film)

Live From New York 

The MTV Movie Awards

The Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards

NBC Television

Saints Row 4

Savaged (feature film)



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Turning Passion Into Profession


Opportunities for Film students


Studio Lab
The Ringling College Studio Lab program is an opportunity to work top-tier industry professionals. This 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 well known leaders in the industry, such as Tim Blake Nelson, Justin Long, Marisa Tomei, and Jeffrey Wright, who are coming to Ringling College to share their insights and meet emerging talent right here in Sarasota.
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.



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