Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts for Creatives

Believe it or not, the success of today’s most recognized artists, designers, and creative leaders hinges not only on the mastery of their technique. In fact, history's most successful creative works address current social, political, and ideological questions. They push boundaries and ask the audience to respond. They are approachable but they lead the viewer into the depths of today’s most complicated issues. 

The trailblazers of today know what questions to ask, how to engage their audience, and who they are speaking to—all skills acquired in the comprehensive Liberal Arts program at Ringling College. Liberal Arts courses are taught by artists and designers and developed specifically to inform the artwork and aid the development of our emerging creatives. 

In this program, we explore myriad cultures, taboo ideas, psychology, science fiction, classical mythology, scientific theories and so much more. Students enter discussions and question standing norms. They emerge as artists and designers who are relevant, thoughtful, and original. 

We teach tomorrow’s great artists, designers, storytellers, and writers how to apply their studio skills to answering today’s most profound questions.
 

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EN 151 Writing Studio (required by all majors)

EN 150 Writing Studio Plus I (1.5 credits)

EN 152 Writing Studio Plus II (1.5 credits) 

CA 242 Artists among Poets
CA 270 Arts in Context: Comparing the Arts
CA 342 Arts in Performance
CA 345 Western Music and Painting
CA 360 Classical Mythology in Literature, Art, and Music
HU 295 Dangerous Ideas
HU 380 American Creativity I (1900 – 1940)
HU 381 American Creativity II (1940 – Present) 

Cross-cultural perspectives liberal arts course requirement: 1 course (3 credit hours) 

CB 240 Africa Speaks
CB 265 Native American Cultures
CB 270 Visual Anthropology
CB 275 Changing Cultures: Peoples in Modern World
CB 285 Modern China
CB 315 Intercultural Communication
CB 320 Culture and Civilization of Tibet
CB 330 Islam: Tradition & Modernity
CB 350 Culture and Civilization of India
CB 378 Origins and Ancestors: Cross-Cultural Perspectives 

EN 282 Literature & Media Studies 

 

ES 100 Ecology of Culture
ES 200 Environmental Science
ES 221 Ecology of Water
ES 230 Food, Fuel, Future
ES 250 The Biodiversity of Earth
ES 260 Environmental Headline News
ES 263 Sustainability
ES 301 Ecology of Sarasota
ES 330 Environmental Ethics & Ecological Beliefs
ES 340 The Business of Nature
ES 360 Ecology of Materials
ES 370 Topics in Ecology and Sustainability 

ARTH 111 Development of Art and Ideas (all major required)
ARTH 120 History of Illustration (Illustration required)
ARTH 121 History of Graphic Design (Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Motion Design required)
ARTH 122 History of Photography (Photography and Imaging required)
ARTH 123 History of Computer Animation (Computer Animation required)
ARTH 124 History of Game Art (Game Art required)
ARTH 125 History of Film (Film required)
ARTH 126 Essentials of Historical Architecture
AH 366 History of Interior Design and Decorative Arts I (Interior Design required, Film recommended)
AH 367 History of Interior Design and Decorative Arts II (Interior Design required, Film recommended)
AH 345 Latin American Art History
AH 363 The Africa Diaspora
AH 365 History of Modern Architecture (recommended for Interior Design)
AH 370 History of Euro-Western Drawing
AH 385 Islamic Art and Culture
AH 387 Buddhist Art and Culture
AH 388 Survey American Art: Colonial to Present
AH 391 History of Modern Art I
AH 392 History of Modern Art II (Fine Art required)
AH 422 Contemporary Issues in Art
AH 434 Women Artists in History
AH 451 Art History Seminar: Looking at the Landscape
AH 452 Art History Topics
AH 453 Art History Seminar: Advanced Art History Topics
AH 491 Renaissance Art History
AH 493 Chinese Art & Culture
AH 494 Japanese Art & Culture 

3-4 courses (9-12 credit hours, depending on major)

BU 253 Economics of Art and Design (required for BOAD majors)

CA 271 Understanding the Art of Film
CA 272 Myth and Symbol in Film
CA 275 World Cinema
CA 370 Fiction and Drama in Film
CA 378 Intro to Theater: Elements of the Play

EN 235 Storytelling
EN 240 Contemporary Literature
EN 241 A World of Stories
EN 245 Writing for Creative Non-fiction
EN 265 Hollywood Novel: A 20th Century Lit Genr.
EN 270 Professional Communication & Presentation
EN 320 Poetry Workshop
EN 330 LGBT Identities in Literature and Film
EN 340 Literature of Comics & The Graphic Narrative
EN 341 Children’s Literature
EN 345 Literature of Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction
EN 348 Writing Comics & Graphic Narrative
EN 351 Writing for Art & Design
EN 352 Writing Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction
EN 360 Creative Writing
EN 380 Writing Children’s Books
EN 381 Writing for Young Adults

ES 325 21st Century Learning Spaces
ES 345 Communicating the Environment
ES 375 Applied Environmental Design
ES 371 Creating an Ecological City

HD 180 Introduction to Psychology
HD 210 Interpersonal Communications
HD 220 Consumer Culture & Behavior 
HD 221 Psychology of Social Interaction 
HD 245 Psychology of the Arts
HD 250 Gender, Race and Culture
HD 260 Strengths of Differences
HD 315 Ethics for Artists

HD 320 Studies of the Holocaust
HD 330 Human Factor in Design
HD 355 Introduction to Aesthetics
HD 364 Worldwatch

HI 271 History Workshop: History Documentaries

MA 180 Visualizing Statistics
MA 256 Creative Geometry 

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The Liberal Arts requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees total 42 credit hours.

First Year Gateway Course Requirements: 1-2 courses, depending on major (3-6 credit hours)

First Year Gateway courses introduce students to the foundational issues of contemporary art and design, providing students with a shared understanding of issues and terminology that are necessary for success in their respective programs. Additionally, the courses provide a general introduction to the experience and goals of the liberal arts. First Year Gateway courses are organized by First Year Learning Communities (Design Arts, Studio Arts and Media Arts).

Core Course Requirements: 5 courses (15 credit hours)

Core courses combine general content area knowledge with the development of essential competencies. They meet the following criteria:

  • Introduce students to important figures, events, works, and ideas, from a wide variety of historical and cultural perspectives;
  • Offer breadth of context, exhibit multiple methodologies of study, and illustrate the multi-dimensional complexity of the topics or problems studied;
  • Introduce a discipline’s perspective and background knowledge in a problem- or project-based manner.

 

Core requirements for the BFA degree include the following: Writing: 1 course (3 credit hours)

Arts and Humanities: 1 course (3 credit hours) 
Cross-Cultural Perspectives: 1 course (3 credit hours) 
Literary Traditions: 1 course (3 credit hours) 
Scientific Practices: 1 course (3 credit hours)

 

Art History Course Requirements: 4 courses (12 credit hours)

Art History Survey course (3 credit hours) 
History of the Major course (3 credit hours) 
Upper-Level Art History elective (3 credit hours) 
Upper-Level Art History elective (3 credit hours)

 

Liberal Arts Elective 3-4 courses, depending on major (9-12 credit hours)

All liberal arts courses qualify as liberal arts electives. Specific liberal arts electives may be required or recommended by the major. 

 

The Liberal Arts requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees total 36 credit hours.

First Year Gateway Course Requirements: 2 courses (6 credit hours)

First Year Gateway courses introduce students to the foundational issues of contemporary art and design, providing students with a shared understanding of issues and terminology that are necessary for success in their respective programs. Additionally, the courses provide a general introduction to the experience and goals of the liberal arts. First Year Gateway courses are organized by First Year Learning Communities (Design Arts, Studio Arts and Media Arts).

 

Core Course Requirements: 5 courses (15 credit hours)

Core courses combine general content area knowledge with the development of essential competencies. They meet the following criteria:

  • Introduce students to important figures, events, works, and ideas, from a wide variety of historical and cultural perspectives;
  • Offer breadth of context, exhibit multiple methodologies of study, and illustrate the multi-dimensional complexity of the topics or problems studied;
  • Introduce a discipline’s perspective and background knowledge in a problem- or project-based manner.

Core requirements for the BA degree include the following: Writing: 1 course (3 credit hours)

Arts and Humanities: 1 course (3 credit hours) 
Cross-Cultural Perspectives: 1 course (3 credit hours) 
Literary Traditions: 1 course (3 credit hours) 
Scientific Practices: 1 course (3 credit hours)

 

Art History Course Requirements: 2 courses (6 credit hours)

Art History Survey course (3 credit hours)
Upper-Level Art History elective (3 credit hours)

 

Liberal Arts Electives: 4 courses (12 credit hours)

All liberal arts courses qualify as liberal arts electives. Specific liberal arts electives may be required or recommended by the major. 

 

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