PreCollege 2018

June 24-July 21, 2018

PreCollege 2018
Application Accepted Beginning November 1.

Are you up for the challenge? 
PreCollege 2018 Brochure




Applying to PreCollege

Step 1: Review the PreCollege Immersions 
You’ll be asked to rank your preferences on the PreCollege Application. Read through ALL of the immersions as many apply to more than one major and spark your curiostiy. Some are primarily digital immersions taught in a computer lab, while others are strictly studio based.

Step 2: Complete the Online Application
Students should include a 250-word minimum statement on the application. Tell us about yourself, your interest and growth as an artist, and why you want to come to PreCollege. Submit along with payment of the $50 Application Fee.  No Portfolio is needed to apply for PreCollege 2018.

Step 3: Get a Recommendation
Have your art teacher or guidance counselor submit a letter of recommendation – either using the online form below, or by submitting an email or letter to  This isn’t required, but is strongly preferred as it helps us get to know you better and helps us with placement into PreCollege Immersions. Please note: if you will be applying for a need-based grant, this letter is required along with two additional recommendations from other teachers and/or members of the community.
 Teacher Recommendation   

Applying for Financial Aid from Ringling College of Art and Design

Each year, the Ringling College of Art and Design is able to provide a limited number of partial need-based scholarships.
The deadline for these applications will be February 16, 2018. The application for aid will be posted online by November 1, 2017.

Make Friends, Make Art, Make Memories

Every summer, high school students from around the world come to Ringling College for an intense four-week art and design program to experience a taste of college life and earn college credit. Participants live in Ringling residence halls, learn essential concepts of art and design, and get acquainted with cutting-edge, professional facilities.

PreCollege Curriculum

All PreCollege, students take TWO immersions based in the Ringling College majors. On the application to PreCollege, students select immersions that focus in one or more majors or disciplines.

3D Computer Animation
Computer Illustration
Creative Writing
Design for Environments and Experiences
Drawing for Animation
Fine Arts
Game Design
Game Art
Graphic Design
Interface Design: App Camp
Motion Design

Photography & Imaging
Stop Motion Animation
Visual Development/Concept Art
Visual Development for Game Art
ZBrush: Digital Sculpting

In addition to your immersions, all students are enrolled in five fundamental art and design courses: Drawing: Form & Space; Figure Drawing; 2D: Color and Digital Processes; 3D: Form & Structure; and 4D: Art in Motion.

Wherever your PreCollege experience leads you, you’ll have Ringling College faculty and student teaching assistants offering valuable guidance every step of the way. Through critiques with faculty, guest artists, teaching assistants and peers, you’ll learn how to analyze and discuss your work and the work of others in a supportive setting. Focused dialogue and evaluations will help you to assess the strengths and weaknesses in your artistic practice. And those discoveries will bring you to the next challenge—applying what you learn to what you do. 

You’ll leave with a solid understanding of college-level artwork, a stronger portfolio for college applications and scholarships, and a number of lasting friendships.

Essential Facts



Mornings: Fundamentals
PreCollege weekday mornings begin with required studio courses focusing on the fundamentals:: Drawing: Form & Space, Life Study, 2D: Color and Digital Processes, 3D: Form & Structure, and 4D: Art in Motion. Guided by Ringling College faculty who are leaders in their fields, you’ll explore dynamic projects that open doors to new ideas and broaden your artistic vision. Expect to experiment, take risks and make mistakes. These lessons build your knowledge of materials and techniques, and strengthen your ability to think critically when presented with visual problems.

Afternoons: Immersions
In the afternoon, you’ll apply the skills and concepts introduced in the fundamental studio courses and explore the Ringling majors in depth. Immersions meet twice weekly and include directed open studio time. You may choose to take Immersions within one discipline, or experiment with multiple majors for exposure to varied approaches and mediums. You’ll develop your artistic voice, and build your observational, technical and analytical skills. During the process, you’ll ask yourself, “Is this really right for me?” Your experience will confirm you’re on the right track, or may lead you to look further.

Outside scheduled class time, co-curricular activities include museum trips, discussions about the different majors offered at Ringling College, as well as a broad menu of elective mini-workshops that provide additional exposure to new methods, skills and techniques.

Weekends offer down time and fun activities, but also plenty of open studio time to work on assignments in your Immersions. You’ll also have the option to participate in a Community Service project.

Yes. PreCollege is a full-time residential program and students are expected to remain on campus seven days a week throughout the program.

During PreCollege, students live with an assigned roommate of the same sex in air-conditioned residence halls within walking distance of all academic buildings and campus resources. The campus is compact—it takes about 10 minutes to get from here to there. The residence halls are secured with electronic key access to the buildings, with 24-hour on-campus security. Ringling College’s Residence Life staff and trained resident assistants provide supervision and guidance throughout your stay. 

PreCollege meals are provided in Hammond Commons with 3 meals daily Monday through Friday, and brunch and dinner on weekends. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options are available and additional special dietary accommodations can be met by the caring dining room staff.

Create memories, and forge lasting friendships through social activities organized by Student Life. Fun evening and weekend events include outings to local shops and beaches, and offer a glimpse into the college experience. A fully equipped fitness center, basketball court, and soccer games help you relax after time in the studio. 

For 2017, the program costs $5,870, which includes an application fee and tuition deposit, tuition, room and board, and all art supplies. There is also a refundable damage/residency deposit of $275. 

Need-Based Scholarships
Through Ringling College, we are able to provide a limited number of need-based, partial scholarships. Complete applications must be received by February 17, 2017. Notifications of awards are made in late March. We encourage students and their families to seek alternative sources for scholarships, including your local community foundations, arts councils or museums, and other philanthropic organizations.

High school students from across the United States and abroad attend PreCollege each summer. Students must be between 16 and 18 years of age (must be 16 by June 25, 2017) and currently enrolled in 10th through 12th grades. If you are graduating in 2016, you ARE eligible, so get a jump start on your college career! Each year, students come from about 35 states in the USA, and approximately 10% of attendees are international students.



We follow a rolling admissions calendar and welcome your application so long as there is space available. Many immersions do fill quickly, so we do encourage early applications; but there are many opportunities available well into the spring that will challenge you, excite you, and help you build critical art and design skills. 

PreCollege opens doors to college admissions, scholarships, and other long-term career goals. Not only will you earn college credit and get a head start on figuring out your college and career goals, but you will have access to the insights and expectations of the world's leading art and design faculty. Learn how to create college-level work and build your portfolio to make you a stronger, more focused candidate for art and design school.

Successful students earn three elective college credits for PreCollege, assessed on a Pass/Fail basis.

At the end of the PreCollege program, family and friends will be invited to attend a student exhibition and ceremony to recognize participants for their academic and leadership accomplishments. $5,000 scholarships towards Ringling College tuition are awarded to four top students for academic achievement and two are awarded by the Office of Student Life for student leadership.

Successful students can click here to request a transcript.


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For Accepted Students

PreCollege 2017 Student Handbook - where you will find out What to Bring, What to Expect, and MUCH MORE!

PreCollege Photo Guidelines - Please submit a headshot photo for your Student ID by May 26, 2017.

PC17 Leave of Absence Form -- if you need to request permission to take a student off-campus (or visit) during PreCollege, please complete this form and either bring to checkin, or email to Also, please note that advanced notice is required.

PreCollege Registration Forms - require signatures in pen/ink. Please mail the following forms by May 26, 2017. Thank you.


Contact Us

Don't hesitate to contact our Continuing Studies and Special Programs department with any questions you may have about PreCollege. We are here to help!

Ringling College of Art and Design
Continuing Studies and Special Programs
2700 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34234-5895
phone: (941) 955-8866
fax: (941) 955-8801

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