Visual Studies


Forge your own creative future.
BA Program

Visual Studies is for the curious, entrepreneurial student looking to rethink the way art and design is created and perceived. Graduates will enter the creative class with a liberal arts degree embedded in the studio model of teaching – thinking through making.

This new program allows students to design and pursue an individualized program of study. Their curriculum will cross boundaries and disciplines, resulting in a top quality liberal arts education and a customized program of hands-on, studio courses.

This program is also ideal for those that are passionate about teaching the next generation of artists and designers. Through a partnership with the Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA), students will have a unique opportunity to participate in a two year, low-residency Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program while earning their BA in Visual Studies.

Throughout the Visual Studies program, you will learn to approach problems from a different perspective, developing advanced problem solving skills by raising vital questions, developing artistic discernment, exploring the creative process, conducting critical analysis, and communicating ideas clearly and effectively. Want to create a curriculum that revolves around your personal interests? Visual Studies might be perfect for you.

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Bridging Disciplines and Media

Visual Studies students bridge disciplines and media, exploring two- and three-dimensional work, writing, and time-based media.




Opportunities for Visual Studies students


Build a custom program
The BA in Visual Studies program is founded on choice. As a student of this major you can select a series of minors as your course of study and customize your learning experience. Visual Studies is designed to allow for flexibility, independent curriculum selection and choice. We emphasize breath of experience and encourage exploration.
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. 

Studio Lab
The Ringling College Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab program connects aspiring film and production students to the best known filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, directors, and actors from around the world. Collaborate with, listen to, and engage with the leading filmmakers in the industry who are coming to Ringling College to share their insights and meet emerging talent right here in Sarasota.
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.

Masters of Arts in Teaching Program
Are you passionate about teaching the next generation of artists and designers? Ringling College has partnered with the Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) to provide our students with the unique opportunity to participate in a two year, low-residency Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. Students start the program in the summer between their junior and senior years studying on the gorgeous Montpelier, Vermont campus to fast-track their MAT ambitions. Upon graduating from Ringling students return to VCFA to complete the MAT program. Tailored specifically for artists and designers who want to teach PK-12, this program is flexible in nature, combining summer terms with Fall and Spring semesters.



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