Creativity Takes Courage

Dare to do what you love at Ringling College.

For more than 85 years, we have been preparing and educating artists and designers to turn their passion into their profession.

As a student at Ringling College, you will be brave. You will take risks, question norms, and rethink “the way things are.”

You will try new concepts that knock it out of the park, and you will experiment with ideas that just don't turn out as planned. But either way, you will be supported and encouraged by an award-winning faculty of working creatives. You will create work with purpose and meaning. And you will push yourself to be stronger, better, and more powerful as an artist or designer.

Explore our thirteen creative disciplines—eleven BFA programs and two BA programs—to find your place on a campus designed for and bursting with creativity.



An Overview of Our Majors

Want an quick idea of what each major is about? Take a look - and click through for more details.


Get the tools, training, and experience to work on the business side of creative companies, manage a range of creative projects, and collaborate with diverse teams across industries.

Our Business of Art and Design major is all about:

Managing Creative Industries
Producing + Managing Production
Creative Project Management
Connecting Business + Creatives
Leading + Working Across Disciplines

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Dream up new characters, stories, and worlds and bring them life!

Our Computer Animation major is all about:

3D modeling
Concept Art 
Visual Development
Character Design
Feature Films

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Craft narratives for any media that lure in your audience, provoke questions, and inspire dialogue!

Our Creative Writing major is all about:

Building Worlds
Creating Characters
Literary History
Writing Across Disciplines
Critical Thinking

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Take your narratives to the big screen as you discover the ins and outs of filmmaking.

Our Entertainment Design major is all about:

Themed Entertainment
Attraction Design
Branded Entertainment


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Take your narratives to the big screen as you discover the ins and outs of filmmaking.

Our Film major is all about:

Team Projects
Industry Grade Equipment

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Discover your unique artistic voice and share that voice through our myriad studio arts programs.

Our Fine Arts major is all about:

Pushing Boundaries
Critical Thinking
Independent Practice
New Media

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Get ready to bring new characters and worlds to life!

Our Game Art major is all about:

Building New Worlds
Concept Art
Character Design
3D Modeling
Virtual Reality
Game Development
Level Design
Creating Interactive Experiences

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Design compelling, creative solutions in print, motion, and interactive media.

Our Graphic Design major is all about:

Logo + Branding design
Typography + Lettering Design
Responsive Website + App Design
User Interface + User Experience (UI/UX) Design
Magazine, Book, + ePub Design
Packaging + Exhibition Design

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Share rich, visual stories using traditional Illustration techniques as well as new digital media.

Our Illustration major is all about:

Conceptual Thinking
Broad Use of Media
Character Design
Visual Communications
Building New Worlds
Bringing Images to Life


Apply design theory, sound design, and 2D animation concepts to create engaging, moving graphics.

Our Motion Design major is all about:

2D & 3D Animation 
Stop Motion
Storyboards + Style Frames
Graphic Design
Visual Effects
Audio + Video production

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Capture and manipulate images that inspire!

Our Photography & Imaging major is all about:

Digital + Analog Photography
Learning to See Light
Visual Storytelling
Moving Images

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Create stories and user experiences for VR.

Our Virtual Reality Development major is all about:

Multiple perspectives
Visual scripting
Immersive Experiences
Unexplored Technology
Viewer Control
Concept Development
Building Environments
Emergent Narrative
Simulation Training
Advancing Global Causes

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Build a curriculum tailored to your specific creative interests with this self-directed, discipline-crossing major!

Our Visual Studies major is all about:

Crossing Majors
Analyzing Art + Design
Artistic Discernment
Communicating About the Arts

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