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BFA Program

Illustration is an art form that dates back tens of thousands of years. The moment you grab a pencil and begin sketching you're adding your own unique voice to a rich artistic heritage. As a Ringling College Illustration major, you will use both traditional and digital media, along with the core principles of Illustration - color, composition, visual concepts, and style - to bring your artistic creations to life.

You will develop a solid foundation of technical skills, along with a familiarity of professional tools and resources. Paired with an understanding of storytelling and conceptualization, you will emerge as an effective visual communicator, bringing creative problem-solving skills to workplaces around the globe. These abilities are what make Ringling Illustration graduates so attractive to companies in so many fields – music, entertainment, fashion, publishing, media, greeting cards, science, medicine, and literally hundreds of others. Illustration has an incredibly rich history, but it also has a remarkably bright future.

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Awards & Accolades 



The Art Career Project just ranked the Ringling College Illustration program #2 on its list of "The Best U.S. Schools for Illustration and Drawing 2018".

Ringling College of Art and Design remains the top performing college in history in the Society of Illustrators’ Annual Student Scholarship Competition. This year, 21 entries from Ringling College were accepted into the exhibition.


Where are they now?

Ringling Illustration graduates are working in hundreds of industries around the world!


Cameron Cottrill 14
Tampa Bay Times | News Artist  

Morgan Davidson 14 
Freelance | Illustrator  

Teresa Mai 14
Creativo Surface Design | Graphic Designer  

Charlotte Mao 14
Google | Visual Designer  

Veronica Valencia 14
Floyd County Productions | Storyboard Artist  

Natalie Andrewson 13
Freelance | Editorial Illustrator  

Matt Howley 13 
Harper Collins Publishers | Cover Illustrator  

Andres M. Labrada 13
Freelance | Illustrator; Storyboard Illustrator  

Wren McDonald 13
Freelance | Illustrator; Cartoonist  

Patu Phan 13
American Greetings | Lead Illustrator  

Tyrell Dion Waiters 13
Abercrombie & Fitch | Associate Graphic Designer  

Brett Carville 12
Freelance | Contract Illustrator, Puppet Fabricator and Comic Illustrator  

Jordie Bellaire 10
Freelance | Comic Book Colorist  

Sarah Watts 08
Cotton+Steel Fabrics; Wattsalot
Cofounder/Designer; Illustration/Art Licensing  

Tristan Henry-Wilson 04
McCann Echo | Senior Graphic Designer; Oil Painter  

Tim Rogerson 04
Walt Disney Company | Fine Artist  

Daniel Miyares 02
Hallmark | Master Artist; Author/Illustrator  

Brian Blomer 01
United Airlines | User Experience Designer  

Shawn Barber 99
Memoir Tattoo | Co-owner/Tattooist; Safehouse Atelier; Instructor; Self Employed; Painter/Illustrator  

Phil Noto 92
Marvel Comics/Lucasfilm | Artist  



See more career opportunities on our career support page.


Turning Passion Into Profession



Opportunities for Illustration students


Student Publications
Students are invited to submit artwork each semester for collaborative, theme-based student publications. Contributing to these publications offers students exposure to art directors, editors, art buyers, and also helps them build a fan base. Current publications include a graphic novel called Meanwhile, a theme-based children's book, and a visual development book called Design Unscripted.


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. 



Society of Illustrators Annual Competiton 
To date, Ringling College students have won more awards in the 40 year history of the Society of Illustrators than any other college and comprise the highest number of accepted entries into the Society’s annual Student Scholarship Competition. About 300 works are chosen from more than 8,700 entries submitted by professors of college-level students nationwide. A competition which can kick start a career, the Student Scholarship Competition challenges students to bring their most sophisticated, well-crafted and original work to be tested by a jury of professional peers, including illustrators and art directors, who selects the most outstanding works created throughout the year.



The Collaboratory
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.

Design Center
Put your illustration skills to work in our in-house design firm where things get real. Working with our dedicated faculty and in-house designers, you will have the opportunity to solve real communications problems for external clients, as well as for Ringling College events, exhibitions, and recruitment efforts.


Check out our minors, learn more about our faculty or download the curriculum.



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