PreCollege Frequently Asked Questions



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Ringling College of Art and Design
2700 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34234-5895
Phone: (941) 955-8866
Fax: (941) 955-8801



PreCollege Frequestly Asked Questions:


Mornings: Fundamentals

PreCollege weekday morning classes begin at 8:30 AM, with required courses focusing on art and design fundamentals. Each week you will take one of four courses: 2D Design, 3D Design, 4D Design, and Figure Drawing. Guided by Ringling College faculty who are leaders in their fields, you’ll explore dynamic projects that open doors to new ideas and broaden your artistic vision. Expect to experiment, take risks and make mistakes. These lessons build your knowledge of materials and techniques, and strengthen your ability to think critically when presented with visual problems.

Afternoons: Immersions

After a two hour lunch break, your afternoon will be spent applying the skills and concepts introduced in the fundamental studio/lab courses as you explore the Ringling majors in depth. Immersions and include required, directed open studio time. You may choose to take Immersions within one discipline, or experiment with multiple majors for exposure to varied approaches and mediums. You’ll develop your artistic voice, and build your observational, technical and analytical skills. During the process, you’ll ask yourself, “Is this really right for me?” Your experience will confirm you’re on the right track, or may lead you to look further. Outside scheduled class time, co-curricular activities may include museum trips, discussions about the different majors offered at Ringling College, as well as a broad menu of elective mini-workshops that provide additional exposure to new methods, skills and techniques.


Weekends offer elective mini workshops in a variety of subjects. Students sign up each week for mini workshops of interest. You will also have some down time and plenty of fun activities organized by the Student Life/Residence Life staff, as well as plenty of Open Studio time to work on assignments in your Immersions. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in a Community Service project.

Fitness Center

The fully equipped fitness center can help you relax outside your time in the studio or lab. Open
hours for the Fitness Center will be posted and included on your student schedule.


During PreCollege, students live with an assigned roommate of the same sex in air-conditioned residence halls within walking distance of all academic buildings and campus resources. The campus is compact—it takes about 10-15 minutes to get from here to there. The residence halls are secured with electronic key access to the buildings, with 24-hour on-campus security. Ringling College’s Residence Life staff and trained resident assistants provide supervision and guidance throughout your stay.


PreCollege meals are provided in Hammond Commons with 3 meals daily Monday through Friday, and brunch and dinner on weekends. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options are available and additional special dietary accommodations can be met by the caring dining room staff.


The PreCollege 2021 ON CAMPUS program fees for Application, Tuition, Most Supplies, and Housing & Meals total $6,200 for the one-month residential program.

Applying for Financial Assistance from Ringling College of Art and Design
Each year, Ringling College of Art and Design is able to provide a limited number of partial need-based grants. We do not offer portfolio scholarships, but do weigh your application statement and teacher recommendations heavily when reviewing applications for assistance. Grants range from $500 up to $3500, and are rarely available to cover the full cost of the program. We encourage students and their families to seek additional, alternative sources for scholarships, including your local community foundations, arts councils or museums, and other philanthropic organizations.

The deadline for grant applications is February 28, 2021, and only complete applications can be considered. Application for PreCollege Financial Assistance (downloadable pdf)

Approximately 200 high school students from across the United States and abroad attend PreCollege each summer. Students must be enrolled in 10th through 12th grades and should be between 16 and 18 years of age. If you are graduating High School in 2021 you ARE eligible, so get a jump start on your college career this summer! Each year, students come from about 35 states in the USA, and approximately 10% of attendees are international students.


Applications must be received by May 31, 2021. Early application is strongly advised.  We review applications as they are received and accept students if they meet our criteria. Placement in immersions is on a first-come, first-served basis. Review all the immersion descriptions to be sure you are making the best choices for your interests. There are many immersions. All will challenge you, excite you, and help you build critical art and design skills. 

While completing PreCollege doesn't guarantee admission into this or any other art and design college, it does open doors to college admissions, scholarships, and other long-term career goals. Not only will you earn college credit and get a head start on figuring out your college and career goals, but you will have access to the insights and expectations of the world's leading art and design faculty. Learn how to create college-level work and build your portfolio to make you a stronger, more focused candidate for creative studies.

Successful students earn three elective college credits for PreCollege, assessed on a Pass/Fail basis. Ringling College of Art and Design is fully accredited and academic credits should transfer to other academic institutions.

At the end of the PreCollege program, family and friends will be invited to attend a student exhibition and ceremony to recognize participants for their academic and leadership accomplishments. $5,000 scholarships towards Ringling College tuition are awarded to at least four top students for academic achievement and two are awarded by the Office of Student Life for student leadership.

Successful students can click here to request a transcript.

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