Business of Art + Design

Make your ideas happen in our Business of Art and Design program. Our students tackle all aspects of design management through professional experience, graduating with the skills they need to work in any creative industry.

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Creativity meets business management in this BA program.

Our Business of Art and Design degree equips students with the design and management skills, tools, and professional experience employers value most in today’s economy. Immerse yourself in all aspects of the creative industries, collaborate on teams across creative disciplines, and learn strategies for taking your ideas from concept to market.

Our curriculum is designed to be flexible, empowering you to tailor your academic experience to your interests and career goals. Tackle real client projects to build your resume and portfolio or dive into developing your own creative business. The opportunities are endless with this unique design management combination degree. Our graduates work as animation producers, production coordinators, brand strategists, and marketing managers at top companies, including DreamWorks, Pixar, JibJab, Blue Mammoth Games, Deloitte Digital, Game Developers Conference, and more!

What We Do

As a student in the Business program, you will have countless opportunities to join forces with Ringling students across all majors to bring creative visions to life: producing animated films, planning events and experiences, crafting bold advertising campaigns, and developing ideas for new creative businesses!

Wet Dog Corp.

Meet the Business Students Behind the Brand Activation at South by Southwest

Student Work

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  • Sample Student Projects

Senior Thesis Exhibition Reel 2018

Behind the Scenes: Artists Minding Their Business

INDEX: Redefining Experiential Learning

Pixie Dust: Studio Strategy and Game Production

This senior thesis project put creative business skills into practice for a real-world client. In a partnership with the Lewis Foundation, senior Pablo Murray-Campbell coordinated the production of two visual novels and devised a strategy to transform a game development startup into a scalable and sustainable business. Pixie Dusk will operate as the first major independent studio to consistently develop and self publish high quality English-language visual novels.

Magical Mom: Production Management for Animation

Want to know everything a production manager does behind the scenes? This thesis book by Yu Ting Lin, class of 2018, takes readers on the journey from pre-production to distribution. Go behind the scenes of the animated short, Magical Mom.

Legal Limbo: The Intersection of Law and Storytelling

Through exclusive interviews with entertainment attorneys and studio executives at various media powerhouses (Warner Bros, National Geographic, DreamWorks Animation, HBO), Legal Limbo: The Intersection of Law and Storytelling explores the ever-changing legal dynamics of various creative sectors within Hollywood’s multibillion dollar media and entertainment industry, including exclusive insight into entertainment law, film and television, intellectual property, and emerging trends and innovations that will leave a lasting impact for years to come. This senior thesis project was produced by Emily Fritz, class of 2020.

The Wurst Movement: National Student Advertising Competition

How do you elevate the image of the hot dog after years of shame? That’s what Wienerschnitzel challenged teams to explore for the 2019 National Student Advertising Competition. Our solution? A national ad campaign that called people to tear down the misconceptions and eliminate the surrounding shame. This includes stadium takeovers, a Museum of Bias and Bullsh*t, and Wurst Wednesdays. This project was a collaboration between students in the Business, Graphic Design, and Film majors. Third-year Business student Ellie Winslow was awarded Best Presenter at the District NSAC competition for her live pitch of this campaign.

Senior Thesis Exhibition Reel 2018

Behind the Scenes: Artists Minding Their Business

INDEX: Redefining Experiential Learning

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Pixie Dust: Studio Strategy and Game Production

This senior thesis project put creative business skills into practice for a real-world client. In a partnership with the Lewis Foundation, senior Pablo Murray-Campbell coordinated the production of two visual novels and devised a strategy to transform a game development startup into a scalable and sustainable business. Pixie Dusk will operate as the first major independent studio to consistently develop and self publish high quality English-language visual novels.

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Magical Mom: Production Management for Animation

Want to know everything a production manager does behind the scenes? This thesis book by Yu Ting Lin, class of 2018, takes readers on the journey from pre-production to distribution. Go behind the scenes of the animated short, Magical Mom.

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Legal Limbo: The Intersection of Law and Storytelling

Through exclusive interviews with entertainment attorneys and studio executives at various media powerhouses (Warner Bros, National Geographic, DreamWorks Animation, HBO), Legal Limbo: The Intersection of Law and Storytelling explores the ever-changing legal dynamics of various creative sectors within Hollywood’s multibillion dollar media and entertainment industry, including exclusive insight into entertainment law, film and television, intellectual property, and emerging trends and innovations that will leave a lasting impact for years to come. This senior thesis project was produced by Emily Fritz, class of 2020.

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The Desirable Pet Initiative: Creative Project Management

With a mission of reducing the length of stay for “less adoptable pets,” this initiative proposed five interconnected programs: a social media plan, event plan, volunteer program, mobile shelter plan, and a new facility plan for the client, Bishop Animation Shelter, a local non-profit organization. This project was produced in second year Business of Art and Design Class, Project Management.

Alumni Spotlight

Graduates of the Business of Art and Design program find success across industries as production coordinators, new product managers, marketing managers, brand strategists, backstage managers, and reactive entrepreneurs. You will find them anywhere business and creativity intersect!

Visiting Creative Leaders

This speakers series provides access to creative leaders and their first-hand insights into the evolving landscape of creative industries. From design management to brand strategy, entrepreneurship to the art of the pitch – this virtual series brings the conversation into the classroom.

Grads In The Industry

Ally Sage ‘16
Production Coordinator | Netflix

Alexandra R. Tibbe ‘14
Freelance Prop Master and Art Director Assistant |
Film and Entertainment Production

Ayu Saraswati ’14
Product Owner, Digital Strategy | US Bank

Martha Patouris ‘18
Account Manager and Producer |Epipheo

Iana Prakheeva, ‘20
Associate Producer | MAKE

Daisy Lora ‘16
Freelance Producer and Unit Production Manager |
Film and Entertainment Production

Siouxsie Connor ’13
Marketing & Graphic Art | Sun Hydraulics

Nazanin Varasteh ‘14
Senior Brand and Marketing Manager | Solico Group

Sarah McCauley ‘12
Associate Marketing Manager |
Game Developers Conference (GDC)

Agneta Ramoskaite ‘13
Operations Manager | Monster Jam at Feld Entertainment

Macenzie Meggison ‘ 17
Marketing Specialist | DDC Domus Design Collection

Andy Angstadt ’14
Engagement Specialist | Presence

Lisa M. Szaraz ‘13
Owner | Garden City Pets

Wendy Oliva ‘15
Digital Marketing and Social Media Manager |
Juki America, Inc.

Lauren Huber ‘14
Proposal Coordinator, Business Development | WSP USA

Taylor Vigil ’12
Marketing Campaign Manager | Meow Wolf

 

Employment Opportunities

Business of Art + Design graduates will find opportunities across many different industries.
Here are a few examples of jobs that are available for our grads:

Account Manager
Backstage Manager
Brand and Marketing Manager
Brand Strategist
Business Owner
Casting Director
Communications Director
Consumer Insights Manager
Costume and Prop Coordinator
Creative Advertising Coordinator
Creative Assets Manager
Creative Director
Creative Marketing Strategist
Culture Curator
Design Coordinator
Design Manager
Design Researcher
Design Studio Owner
Digital Campaign Strategist
Diversity, Inclusion, and Programs Chair
Event Coordinator
Film Production Coordinator
Gallery Owner / Director
Graphic Designer
Head of Talent
Human Resource Manager
Marketing and Social Media Manager
Marketing Campaign Manager
Marketing Manager
Media Producer
Media Services Manager
New Product Manager
Office and Culture Manager
Operations Manager
Producer
Production Coordinator
Production Designer
Production Manager
Project Manager
Social Media Manager
Strategic Design Consultant
UI/UX Designer

Opportunities for students

  • INDEX
  • ART Network
  • Internships
  • Studio Lab

INDEX is Ringling College's promise to provide every student the opportunity to have hands-on industry experience before graduation by offering real-world projects with real-world clients. This pillar of the Ringling College experience, alongside Academic and Student Life programs, is an experiential education initiative that allows students to learn how to turn passion into profession.

INDEX represents one of Ringling College's core purposes of focusing on our students' futures in the creative industries and empowering them to thrive as creative leaders. By connecting students with leading brands and clients to develop creative solutions for business challenges, INDEX mirrors the most successful studios and organizations by bringing together multiple creative disciplines to blend artistry with emerging techniques, and to seamlessly integrate design, storytelling, and technology to produce work that is driven by strategy and supported by style.

INDEX opportunities are abundant and available through experiential learning in the classroom, the Design Center, Studio Labs, ART Network, the Makerspace, as client competitions and immersive experiences, volunteerism, internships, and elective courses.

 
Join our official campus television network and learn to interview, shoot, produce, and broadcast meaningful content taking place on our campus and in our community. Support the arts community, spreading the word about both local talent and international artists and designers while gaining hands-on experience in TV production.
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. 
 
The Ringling College Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab program connects aspiring film and production students to the best known filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, directors, and actors from around the world. Collaborate with, listen to, and engage with the leading filmmakers in the industry who are coming to Ringling College.

INDEX is Ringling College's promise to provide every student the opportunity to have hands-on industry experience before graduation by offering real-world projects with real-world clients. This pillar of the Ringling College experience, alongside Academic and Student Life programs, is an experiential education initiative that allows students to learn how to turn passion into profession.

INDEX represents one of Ringling College's core purposes of focusing on our students' futures in the creative industries and empowering them to thrive as creative leaders. By connecting students with leading brands and clients to develop creative solutions for business challenges, INDEX mirrors the most successful studios and organizations by bringing together multiple creative disciplines to blend artistry with emerging techniques, and to seamlessly integrate design, storytelling, and technology to produce work that is driven by strategy and supported by style.

INDEX opportunities are abundant and available through experiential learning in the classroom, the Design Center, Studio Labs, ART Network, the Makerspace, as client competitions and immersive experiences, volunteerism, internships, and elective courses.

Join our official campus television network and learn to interview, shoot, produce, and broadcast meaningful content taking place on our campus and in our community. Support the arts community, spreading the word about both local talent and international artists and designers while gaining hands-on experience in TV production.

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. 

The Ringling College Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab program connects aspiring film and production students to the best known filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, directors, and actors from around the world. Collaborate with, listen to, and engage with the leading filmmakers in the industry who are coming to Ringling College to share their insights and meet emerging talent right here in Sarasota.

Interlibrary Loan

Attention: Due to ongoing closures from our partner libraries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be unable to fill most book or book chapter interlibrary loan requests. We will continue to do our best to process article requests in a timely manner depending on availability.

Staff

Director of Library Services

941-359-7582

Kristina Keogh

Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian

941-359-7583

Janelle Rebel

Technical Services Librarian   

941-359-7586

Janet Thomas

Instructional Design Librarian

941-309-0038

Claire Powell

Instructional Design Librarian

941-359-7671

Kayla Morrell

Archivist

941-309-4055

Alexandra Vargas-Fournier

Library Technician III (Cataloging and Metadata Assistant)   

941-359-7631

Lisa Martinez

Library Technician II (Periodicals and Interlibrary Loan)

 

Vacant

Library Technician III (Circulation Manager)  

941-359-7587

Tim DeForest

Library Technician III (Acquisitions Manager/Office Support)  

941-359-7584

Yolanda Coleman

Library Technician II (Circulation Assistant)  

941-359-7587

Sean Farrell

Circulation Assistant

 

Vacant

Circulation Assistant

 

Christina Song

Circulation Assistant Vacant

Borrowing

Patron Type # of Items Type of Material Borrowing Time
Student 40 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Faculty and Staff 40 Books 6 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 7 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Trustee, Alumni, Cross College Alliance, and  15 Books 3 weeks
Ringling College LibraryAssociation Members CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
PreCollege 5 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Local Teacher 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Chartwell’s and Follett employees located at Ringling 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
*The video game collection supports the research and teaching of the Game Art & Design program. Video games may not be checked out by Alumni, Ringling College Library Association members or Family members.

Spaces

The Alfred R. Goldstein Library features a wide variety of quiet, group study, and work process spaces. Looking for a quiet study area? Make your way up to the 3rd floor to look for a book in the Research Collection or peruse the new art magazines while relaxing in comfortable seating. When the weather is nice, you can take your coffee from Roberta’s Café on the first floor to one of the four terraces to work outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Looking for meeting space to get together with a group? Check out the group study rooms, which are available on all three floors of the Goldstein Library. The 10 group study rooms are available to students on a first-come first served basis, or available for booking by Ringling College faculty and staff for group and class meetings.

Library Hours

The library remains closed to all non-Ringling College visitors, including the general public and alumni, until further notice.

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Monday -Thursday: 8 AM – 11 PM
Friday: 8 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 12 PM – 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM – 11 PM

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM schedule during breaks.

Ringling College ID Access Only

Please note a Ringling College ID is required for access.

Hours for the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center:

By appointment only from Monday – Friday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM, no drop-ins. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Contact specialcollections@c.ringling.edu to schedule an appointment.

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Alfred R. Goldstein Library
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

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