PreCollege: Core Classes



Contact Us!

Don't hesitate to contact us with questions about PreCollege. We are here to help!

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




ALL students are enrolled in the following four courses in art and design fundamentals. Monday mornings each week will present a unique one-day workshop, followed Tuesday through Friday by core classes, 8:30-11:30 AM over the course of the week for 12 hours.


2D Design

12 contact‐hour course

This class introduces and use the Adobe Photoshop program. We will develop an understanding of the program and create images that explore the various capabilities of Photoshop. We will look at basic design ideas, image manipulation, text usage and the combination of all these elements. The emphasis of this course is “understanding” and “using design.”

With design we create visual patterns that become a visual experience. The choices we make when we design are most often motivated by our intention to communicate. The communication can be literal and recognizable or abstract and more interpretive. We design in order to communicate and make clear an idea visually.

The main elements often distinguished in art and design are form and content. Form refers to the visual elements used in a design. Content refers to the idea, story or message behind the visual elements.

Course Goals:

  • Gaining a greater understanding of the creative process
  • Time management
  • Adapting design principals and elements to a design project
  • Gaining a greater ability to communicate ideas visually and verbally
  • The process of editing ideas, images and content for a project
  • Critiquing skills
  • Public speaking
  • An awareness of font varieties and appropriate applications


3D Design

12 contact‐hour course

Students in this course explore the elements and principles of design as they apply to three dimensions. Working with metal wire, cardboard, and a variety of nontraditional materials on personal and collaborative projects, students focus on the relationship between form and space, mass and scale, and proportion and equilibrium through both the additive and subtractive manipulation of materials used to realize these ideas. Students learn terminology of 3/D space, line, plane, edge, mass, space and movement.

Course Goals:

  • To have an awareness of the basic principles and elements of 3D design
  • To understand simplicity and abstraction as it applies to 3D art and design
  • To understand the relationship between 2D and 3D line
  • To have an introduction to hand‐craft and construct
  • Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Employ simplification in drawing through the use of contour and cross contour line
  • Understand the identifiable essence of an object Develop iconic imagery
  • Visually describe an object and its details in both 2D and 3D line
  • To transform a contour, wire form into a planar, dimensional form
  • Identify and safely use basic hand tools appropriate for 3D design




15 contact‐hour course

Knowledge of form is essential to artists. Students in this course explore proportion and measurement, volume and space, basic format and composition. Using knowledge of balance and movement and an understanding of the relationship of the form to its environment, students combine gesture and thumbnails, expressive mark-making, atmospheric perspective, dramatic value and line while drawing in both classic and contemporary media

Course Goals:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

Demonstrate their ability to sight, measure, and record believable form in believable space onto two‐ dimensional surfaces with conceptual and practical applications. They will be able to demonstrate their compositional skills with an appreciation for diverse drawing media, supports and techniques. They will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of form in drawing with an understanding of perspective, proportion and composition.

Demonstrate responsibility for independent learning and perseverance towards goal attainment. Show an ability to discern artistic merit of diverse forms of art/design in their contexts. Be able to defend critical interpretations concerning the significance of artistic expression.


4D: Art in Motion

12 contact‐hour course

This course will introduce students to the basics of working with time based media and designing in “4D space”. Students will explore timing, spacing, rhythm, and sequential design using both traditional and digital media.

Course Goals:

  • Learn the basics of using time based media
  • Learn some of the principles of “4D design”
  • Begin to explore how to communicate in “4D space”
  • Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Use traditional and digital media to create simple animations and video pieces.
  • Apply some basic design principles to time based work.
  • Use a new vocabulary to discuss time based media.
  • List Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Awareness of basic animation and 4D design principles
  • Awareness of time based technologies including the Mac OS, Adobe’s Photoshop &Premiere software, Photography and Videography.
  • Awareness of project planning & management issues particular to time based media work.
Request Info