On your first day at Ringling College, you receive a brand new, high-end laptop, loaded with the most up-to- date software, free of charge. We will provide both hardware and software maintenance support for your laptop for the duration of your study. Ringling College has embraced virtual and cloud technologies to support our user community. Cloud technologies enable our students to access their projects and work whenever and wherever they want, from almost any device.
We want to make sure that no matter where your inspiration leads you, we offer the resources to back you up. On campus we offer labs stocked with 550 Macintosh computers, 319 PCs, Cintiq Tablets, high-resolution laser printers, 3D printers, laser cutters, and so much more.
Students also have access to large-format printing and can use our digital checkout system to utilize a fantastic array of high-tech gear like game consoles, video cameras, and digital projectors.
And, of course, our campus is equipped with free wifi, and our Academic Center can connect 3,000 devices at any given time. We are here to support you, and to make sure you never have to slow down.
Your fully equipped laptop, on us
To mold our students into the creative leaders and thinkers of tomorrow, we understand they need to start working like professionals today. That is why, from day one, our students are given a MacBook Pro notebook computer, loaded with all the latest software, free of charge.
On top of that, you will be fully supported by our on-site Institutional Technology staff to ensure your creativity is never stifled by your access.
Work from anywhere
The Ringling College Athena Initiative is a new cloud-based computer platform that allows you to access your own “compute server” from almost any device, anywhere, anytime with high-resolution support and 3D graphics capabilities.
This means the freedom to access your files just as you left them from your Windows computer, Macintosh, smartphone, or tablet—effectively turning your device of choice into a portal to a powerful, mobile workstation comparable to your typical Windows workstation with 3D applications such as Maya and Zbrush.
As if that weren’t enough, Athena provides free annual hardware upgrades while you are a student, regular automated upgrades of the latest software and security programs, nightly backup service, and retrieval of lost files for up to 10 days.
We strive to make technology resources readily available everywhere. You’ll find our technology is abundant, advanced, and tailored to meet the needs of artists and designers. General purpose and discipline-specific hardware, such as cutting-edge workstations; and software, such as ZBrush, are deployed in over 40 instructional computer laboratories across campus. That’s what you get when you step onto the Most Wired Campus in America (US News & World Report).