We’re flexible. We encourage students to pursue the interests and fields they’re passionate about, because we think that leads to great work and great careers. For students who are eager to color outside the lines and take classes outside their major, we offer a mix of minors and concentrations that let you customize your time here.
Minors constitute five courses (15 credit hours) taken outside your specific degree program. Transfer credits do not count towards a minor. One course, or up to 3-credits, of a minor may also fulfill course requirements in your major. Successfully completed minors will be recorded on your official transcript along with your declared major.
The Art History minor is for students who wish to further their study of art history, intend to enter the fields of museum and curatorial studies, gallery management, art conservation, or other pursuits for which a minor in art history would be an advantage; This minor also expands students’ usual framework, providing images which could inspire their own work. It also gives students thinking of pursuing a graduate degree a more advanced cirriculum and better prepares them for admission into graduate programs in studio art, art history, art conservation, or arts management where a depth of undergraduate studies in art history is an admissions criterion.
Our Business of Art and Design department will prepare you to understand the business behind the always-expanding world of creative industries. We offer an interdisciplinary, experience-based minor curriculum designed to train collaborative leaders, blue-sky thinkers, and creative problem solvers. You will learn about business strategy, people and team management, entrepreneurship, negotiations, marketing, project management, accounting, and other key business areas that will help to expand your career options and better prepare you for success in your chosen fields within art and design.
Our Creative Writing minor instills the fundamentals of storytelling and writing - elements necessary to becoming a great artist or designer and complementary to every major. You will learn the basics of plot, narrative, scene and environment building, character development, and read literature in a variety of genres, such as science fiction, nonfiction, children's literature, horror, fantasy, and pop culture.
The Film Studies minor provides students with a broad understanding of cinema as a cultural force and storytelling medium. Courses, including those on genres, history, directors, and cultural perspectives, offer insight and perspective into visual storytelling—a focus here at Ringling College. Cinema was the first medium to tell stories with moving images, and the conventions, genres, standards, and archetypes of film are the foundation of popular art forms that followed in its wake. As such, the Film Studies minor is a valuable complement to a range of majors.
Our Fine Arts minor will provide you with a solid grounding in the traditional practicalities of painting, sculpture, printmaking, or installation art—lifelong skills that will serve you well in whatever field you choose. Our faculty will also push you to develop your own personal style and artistic voice, a signature that will carry over and define your work.
The Gender & Sexuality minor provides students with the opportunity to deeply explore the study of gender and sexuality as they take shape and impact our lives in a global, diverse, and multicultural world. The curriculum will empower students to actively engage with social and critical theory and storytelling that accurately reflects, includes, and illuminates experiences of all genders and sexual identities as global citizen artists. Through its well-crafted interdisciplinary menu of courses, the minor engages students to critically analyze gender and sexuality in the contexts of sexual orientation, race, class, ethnicity, citizenship status, age, gender identity and dis/ability. The minor prepares students to successfully conceptualize and execute relevant projects, products, or branding experiences in their respective industries.
Our Graphic Design minor is designed to provide you with broad and desirable skills that will prepare you to collaborate with other disciplines. You will learn to create well-crafted typographic compositions for print, web, and other screen formats.
Our Photography and Imaging minor is designed to help you discover your voice while you pick up the tools of the trade. Then, explore the controlled environment of a studio and take your talents on the road to shoot on location, learn traditional darkroom techniques, and discover how to manipulate images on the newest computer software.
Our Realistic Painting minor builds upon the foundations of observation and is rooted in traditional drawing and painting techniques. You will learn the historical approaches to drawing and painting that have proven to be reliable and effective, as well as contemporary concepts and techniques as they apply to representational imagery.
A Visual Development minor from Ringling College will prepare you to play a key role on any animation team. Starting with the basics of concept art and anatomy, you will learn to conceive and build characters and environments for animated films, graphic novels, video games, and more. You will then incorporate key communications principles as they develop the look and feel of a project that is intended for a specific audience or purpose.