Go from Film major to filmmaker in this BFA Program.
Be the next generation of great filmmakers, content creators, and visual storytellers at Ringling College’s Film school. Immerse yourself in all aspects of the industry including cinematography, editing, sound design, screenwriting, post-production, directing, and producing all on our 8,400 sq. ft. soundstage. Students can focus on narrative film or branded entertainment – you choose! Create 3-5 films your first year, work with industry leaders on our professional sound stage, and connect with alumni who have gone on to work for Netflix, Comedy Central, MTV, and NBC to name a few.
Choose Your Path:
The Narrative emphasis teaches students that story leads the process and dictates the visual evolution of a film. Students will learn all the elements of the film production process and components of successful film endeavors, including the ability to demonstrate effective and compelling screenwriting, cinematography, directing, editing, production design and producing.
The Branded Entertainment emphasis teaches students to create dynamic film and video content with a highly branded quality that cuts through the clutter, taps into consumers’ passion points and engages them through entertainment. Students will be prepared to work in creative fields that demand knowledge of storytelling, branding, strategic thinking, concept development, script writing, content development, film and video production.
Our Film program takes students beyond the classroom and onto the film set. With over 25,000 square feet of soundstage spaces and over 5,000 square feet of post-production facilities at the Ringling College Studio Labs, this hands-on, industry-ready program gives students access to state-of-the-art equipment and resources, as well as collaborative opportunities with industry professionals.
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MENTOR OF THE YEAR
TOP 25 Film Schools
The Hollywood Reporter
TOP 50 Film School
The Gray Man
State of Iowa
Let Me Go
Casa De Casas
Grads In The Industry
Tony Ahedo ‘15
Evan Gorski ‘16
Director of Content | Crypt TV
Andrew Holly ‘14
Freelance Cinematographer | Netflix
Jason Letkiewicz ‘11
Freelance Feature Film/Television Editor
Nick Morgulis ‘12
Director/Cinematographer | NYC
Jessica Pinns ‘16
Freelance Cinematographer | Netflix
Our graduates contributed to these major projects, to name just a few.
The 85th Annual Academy Awards
65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
AFI’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Mel Brooks
Comedy Central Roast of James Franco
Dick Clark Productions
Done + Dusted
Don Mischer Productions
Girl Flu (feature film)
Live From New York
The MTV Movie Awards
The Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards
Saints Row 4
Savaged (feature film)
Get to know your major
Opportunities for Students
The Ringling College Studio Lab program is an opportunity to work top-tier industry professionals. This 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 well known leaders in the industry, such as Tim Blake Nelson, Justin Long, Marisa Tomei, and Jeffrey Wright, who are coming to Ringling College to share their insights and meet emerging talent right here in Sarasota.
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.
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.