Future Proof


Preparing the next generation of visual communicators through education, inspiration, and connection.

FutureProof is an annual event, packed with industry presentations, workshops, and activities to prepare students for a seamless transition from the classroom into their future careers. This week-long event is hosted by the Department of Motion Design, for Motion Design students and alumni, and open to all Ringling students. There is no cost to attend, and Motion day classes are recessed for the week to encourage students to attend.


Ed Cheetham
Department Head
Motion Design

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FutureProof ’24

FutureProof ’24, The Motion Design Conference at Ringling College, will be held on campus from March 11-15 with a range of speakers including Imaginary Forces, CNN Design, and Disney Live Entertainment.

The event includes industry presentations, workshops, technical demos, and activities designed for students studying at Ringling College to ensure they have a seamless transition from the classroom to their future careers. Our mission is to prepare the next generation of visual communicators through education, inspiration, and connection.

“There is no better way to inspire students than to provide them with professional engagements with the creative leaders of our industry,” said Ed Cheetham, Motion Design’s department head. “Leveraging Ringling College’s professional reputation and the exceptional quality of our students, we attract leading studios who are eager to engage with the next wave of emerging talent. The FutureProof conference underscores the College’s commitment to providing students with unique opportunities to connect directly with industry leaders, right from our campus.”

For more information and the full schedule, visit RinglingFutureProof.com

This year’s speakers and panelists include:

  • Disney Live Entertainment
  • Winbush Immersive
  • Matthias Omotola
  • Imaginary Forces
  • CNN Design
  • Dash
  • The Garden Creative
  • Telemundo
  • Alumni panel

New this year, FutureProof will present hands-on technical workshops by Maxon, the maker of Cinema 4D, 3D animation software, and Foundry, the maker of Nuke and other visual effects software, both of which are used extensively throughout the motion design curriculum.

The event is created for Motion Design students and alumni — but all Ringling College students are welcome to attend. Representatives from Career Services will also be available throughout the event to provide students with workshops on topics such as resume building, networking, and interviewing skills.

Our FutureProof ’24 sponsors:

  • Maxon
  • Foundry
  • SideFX
  • Stash


“I walked away feeling so inspired. All the students are so talented and respectful, it reminded me of why I got into the industry in the first place. I wish I could come back every year.”

“Absolutely blown away by the work the students had to show at FutureProof 2022. Some of the students looked ready to join some of the best studios in the industry tomorrow, such a thoughtful and engaging group!”

“It’s so crucial for us to stay engaged and dialed in to the new and upcoming talent that Ringling College is so famous for.”