Liberal Arts for Creatives
The success of today’s most recognized artists, designers, and creative leaders hinges on the mastery of their technique, as well as their ability to think critically about a diverse range of subjects and ideas. In fact, history’s most successful creative works address current social, political, and ideological questions. They push boundaries and ask the audience to respond. They are approachable, but they lead the viewer into the depths of today’s most complicated issues.
The trailblazers of today know what questions to ask, how to engage their audience, and who they are speaking to—all skills acquired in the comprehensive Liberal Arts program at Ringling College. Liberal Arts courses are taught by artists and designers and developed specifically to inform the artwork and aid the development of our emerging creatives.
In this program, we explore myriad cultures, taboo ideas, psychology, science fiction, classical mythology, scientific theories, and so much more. Students enter discussions and question standing norms. They emerge as artists and designers who are relevant, thoughtful, and original. We teach tomorrow’s great artists, designers, storytellers, and writers how to apply their studio skills to answer today’s most profound questions.
Our mission in Liberal Arts is to instill students with knowledge about the interconnectedness of global systems and cultures, a perspective of the planetary scale within which we reside, and a sense of curiosity about the world. We equip students for engaged global citizenship and the creation of a more inclusive and just society through the power of art, design, and critical thinking to change the world and transform media products and brand experiences into innovative and inclusive industry practice.
Student Learning Outcomes
The liberal arts education competencies outlined below are the intended outcomes that all students should attain by the time they graduate from Ringling College. Students have multiple opportunities to develop and demonstrate these abilities as creators, communicators and collaborators.
Scientific and Quantitative Literacy
Integrative Learning and Problem Solving
Cultural and Historical Global Contexts
Critical Information Literacy
Diversity and Inclusion