Virtual Reality Development BFA Degree

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Virtual Reality Development 
Design a better world in this immersive BFA program.

Ringling College Virtual Reality Development students pioneer and push forward advancements in a new—and explosive—medium for art and artists. As a student of this 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.

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 uncharted intersection of art and technology.

2020 Accepted Student Day


Clients Love our Students - Real Project Proof


Ringling Students launch Wet Dog Corp. with Flight School at SXSW


Wet Dog Corp. is a simulator-style game set within a megacorporation that pays you to wash dogs. It’s a simple task… until it’s not! VR students mentored by the award-winning team at Flight School created the game while learning the essentials of pre-production, asset creation, and game design. Ringling students in other majors, such as the Business of Art and Design, also collaborated on the project. 

Moffitt Cancer Center and Ringling College Bring VR to Cancer Patients


Ringling VR students and acclaimed Moffitt Cancer Center have teamed up to develop creative content for digital health care technologies, including virtual reality, animations for patient education, and training videos for physicians. Patients receiving radiation treatments, for example, will be able to immerse themselves in VR and experience what the treatments will be like before they happen. This is just one example of how virtual reality technology can improve the lives of others and Ringling students are helping to pave the way!


Virtual Reality Across Industries



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.


baobab logo of a white tree shape - for virtual reality major

Kal Athannassov

Baobab Studios
Computer Animation, ‘16




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Bo (Bohdon) Sayre

Flight School
Computer Animation, ‘10


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Nick Marten

Creative Manager

Game Art, ‘17

Meet Brandon Oldenburg


Opportunities for Virtual Reality 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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