Virtual Reality Development



Building User-Driven Experiences
BFA Program

Ringling College's Virtual Reality Development students will pioneer and push forward advancements in a new—and explosive—medium for art and artists. As a student of this complete undergraduate program, the first of its kind in the world of art and design, you will learn to design, create, and analyze immersive experiences in countless industries, including gaming, healthcare, architecture, advertising, and education.

You will face unprecedented opportunities and challenges for creatives as you shape and share stories from multiple points of view, and you will create immersive experiences within the virtual reality medium that ultimately inform, educate, and entertain.

Ultimately, as a graduate of this major, you will jump into a rapidly growing industry, predicted to become an $80 billion business within the next decade alone. Even more exciting, you will build a career in which you work and play at the forefront of an unexplored artistic realm, rethinking and redefining the storytelling process at this exciting intersection of art and technology. ​

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VR is here and growing—fast.

Learn more from one of the industry’s most pioneering studios on campus this fall.



Join us for Fall Preview Day!

Virtual Reality virtuoso Brandon Oldenburg and his creative team from Flight School will be on campus for Fall Preview Day on November 4.

Brandon Oldenburg will share how he and fellow Ringling graduates at Flight School Studio are charting new career paths in virtual reality, using the creative and technical skill set they honed at Ringling College.

Come learn about this exciting new industry and the role artists and designers will play in it. Get your questions answered by VR professionals, find out more about our newest major, and enjoy a live demo of 'Manifest 99,' Flight School's highly-acclaimed interactive narrative VR experience just released in September.

Get excited for the future of this groundbreaking new realm for art and artists. We certainly are.


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Manifest 99 screenshots courtesy of Flight School



Graduates Working in Virtual Reality

Ringling College alumni are already working in the industry, defining VR as the artist’s newest medium for sharing and shaping stories.
So, we thought it was time to step up and make it official.

Mary Cassin

Game Art, ‘16

Bo (Bohdon) Sayre

Flight School
Computer Animation, ‘10

Nick Marten

Hoyt Architecture Lab
Game Art, ‘17

Kal Athannassov

Baobab Studios
Computer Animation, ‘16

Chelsea Whitmore

Titanium Falcon
Game Art, ‘17




Opportunities for VR Development students



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.

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. 

Critiques with Industry Giants
To further inform the work of our fourth year students, we bring in renowned, successful visiting artists to participate in milestone critiques. Coming from the top studios, brands, and businesses in the industry, our artists offer a relevant, real-world perspective to bring student thinking out of the classroom into the professional arena. This process provides our students with invaluable feedback from the best of the best in the field, which they can immediately apply to their current works in process.





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