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Creativity (re)Imagined

Welcome to the Creative Age at Ringling College.

The world is entering what we’re calling The Creative Age. It’s an era where STEM skills are no longer sufficient; leaders of this age will know how to use existing technology and tools in new, creative ways to solve problems.

As a student at Ringling College, you will take risks, question norms, and rethink “the way things are.”

You will try new concepts that knock it out of the park, and you will experiment with ideas that just don’t turn out as planned. But either way, you will be supported and encouraged by an award-winning faculty of working creatives. You will create work with purpose and meaning. And you will push yourself to be stronger, better, and more powerful as an artist or designer.

Explore our thirteen creative disciplines—eleven BFA programs and two BA programs—to find your place on a campus designed for and bursting with creativity.

An Overview of Our Majors

Want an quick idea of what each major is about? Take a look – and click through for more details.

Get the tools, training, and experience to work on the business side of creative companies, manage a range of creative projects, and collaborate with diverse teams across industries.

Our Business of Art and Design major is all about:

  • Managing Creative Industries
  • Producing + Managing Production
  • Creative Project Management
  • Connecting Business + Creatives
  • Leading + Working Across Discipline


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Dream up new characters, stories, and worlds and bring them life!

Our Computer Animation major is all about:

  • 3D modeling
  • Animation
  • Storytelling
  • Storyboarding
  • Concept Art
  • Visual Development
  • Lighting
  • Character Design
  • Feature Films


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Craft narratives for any media that lure in your audience, provoke questions, and inspire dialogue!

Our Creative Writing major is all about:

  • Storytelling
  • Building Worlds
  • Publishing 
  • Creating Characters
  • Literary History
  • Writing Across Disciplines
  • Critical Thinking
  • Communications


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Take your narratives to the big screen as you discover the ins and outs of filmmaking.

Our Entertainment Design major is all about:

  • Themed Entertainment
  • Environments
  • Experiences
  • Attraction Design
  • Branded Entertainment

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Take your narratives to the big screen as you discover the ins and outs of filmmaking.

Our Film major is all about:

Team Projects
Industry Grade Equipment

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Discover your unique artistic voice and share that voice through our myriad studio arts programs.

Our Fine Arts major is all about:

  • Pushing Boundaries
  • Critical Thinking
  • Independent Practice
  • Drawing 
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • New Media

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Get ready to bring new characters and worlds to life!

Our Game Art major is all about:

  • Building New Worlds
  • Concept Art
  • Character Design
  • 3D Modeling
  • Virtual Reality
  • Game Development
  • Level Design
  • Creating Interactive Experiences

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Design compelling, creative solutions in print, motion, and interactive media.

Our Graphic Design major is all about:

  • Logo + Branding design
  • Typography + Lettering Design
  • Responsive Website + App Design
  • User Interface + User Experience (UI/UX) Design
  • Magazine, Book, + ePub Design
  • Packaging + Exhibition Design


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Share rich, visual stories using traditional Illustration techniques as well as new digital media.

Our Illustration major is all about:

  • Storytelling
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Expression
  • Broad Use of Media
  • Character Design
  • Visual Communications
  • Building New Worlds
  • Bringing Images to Life

Apply design theory, sound design, and 2D animation concepts to create engaging, moving graphics.

Our Motion Design major is all about:

  • 2D & 3D Animation 
  • Stop Motion
  • Storyboards + Style Frames
  • Graphic Design
  • Visual Effects
  • Audio + Video production

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Capture and manipulate images that inspire!

Our Photography & Imaging major is all about:

  • Digital + Analog Photography
  • Learning to See Light
  • Concept
  • Vision 
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Moving Images

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Create stories and user experiences for VR.

Our Virtual Reality Development major is all about:

  • Multiple perspectives
  • Visual scripting
  • Immersive Experiences
  • Interactivity
  • Unexplored Technology
  • Viewer Control
  • Concept Development
  • Building Environments
  • Presence
  • Emergent Narrative
  • Simulation Training
  • Advancing Global Causes

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Build a curriculum tailored to your specific creative interests with this self-directed, discipline-crossing major!

Our Visual Studies major is all about:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Crossing Majors
  • Analyzing Art + Design
  • Critique
  • Concepts
  • Artistic Discernment
  • Communicating About the Arts

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Contact Us

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, just send us an email at the addresses below.

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Ringling College of Art + Design

2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

Office Hours:
M-F 8:30 am – 4:30 pm EST

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A Campus Designed for Creatives

Interlibrary Loan

Attention: Due to ongoing closures from our partner libraries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be unable to fill most book or book chapter interlibrary loan requests. We will continue to do our best to process article requests in a timely manner depending on availability.

  • Loan Request
  • Magazine/Article Request


Director of Library Services


Kristina Keogh

Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian


Janelle Rebel

Technical Services Librarian   


Janet Thomas

Instructional Design Librarian


Claire Powell

Instructional Design Librarian


Kayla Morrell



Alexandra Vargas-Fournier

Library Technician III (Cataloging and Metadata Assistant)   


Lisa Martinez

Library Technician II (Periodicals and Interlibrary Loan)



Library Technician III (Circulation Manager)  


Tim DeForest

Library Technician III (Acquisitions Manager/Office Support)  


Yolanda Coleman

Library Technician II (Circulation Assistant)  


Sean Farrell

Circulation Assistant



Circulation Assistant


Christina Song

Circulation Assistant Arianna Westerfield


Patron Type # of Items Type of Material Borrowing Time
Student 40 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Faculty and Staff 40 Books 6 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 7 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Trustee, Alumni, Cross College Alliance, and  15 Books 3 weeks
Ringling College LibraryAssociation Members CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
PreCollege 5 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Local Teacher 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Chartwell’s and Follett employees located at Ringling 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
*The video game collection supports the research and teaching of the Game Art & Design program. Video games may not be checked out by Alumni, Ringling College Library Association members or Family members.


The Alfred R. Goldstein Library features a wide variety of quiet, group study, and work process spaces. Looking for a quiet study area? Make your way up to the 3rd floor to look for a book in the Research Collection or peruse the new art magazines while relaxing in comfortable seating. When the weather is nice, you can take your coffee from Roberta’s Café on the first floor to one of the four terraces to work outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Looking for meeting space to get together with a group? Check out the group study rooms, which are available on all three floors of the Goldstein Library. The 10 group study rooms are available to students on a first-come first served basis, or available for booking by Ringling College faculty and staff for group and class meetings.

Library Hours

The library remains closed to all non-Ringling College visitors, including the general public and alumni, until further notice.

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Monday -Thursday: 8 AM – 11 PM
Friday: 8 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 12 PM – 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM – 11 PM

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM schedule during breaks.

Ringling College ID Access Only

Please note a Ringling College ID is required for access.

Hours for the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center:

By appointment only from Monday – Friday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM, no drop-ins. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Contact to schedule an appointment.

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Ringling College of Art + Design
Alfred R. Goldstein Library
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

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