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College Awards and Rankings

The Path to Pre-eminence

Ringling College of Art and Design and our students and alumni are recognized across the world as leading artists and designers. Our state-of-the-art facilities and rigorous curriculum prepare our students to graduate and immediately begin working in positions that turn their passions into their professions.

October 2023: The Rookies have announced their annual Global School Rankings, highlighting the very best student work in an array of art and design categories. This year, Ringling College was ranked #1 in the world for Motion Graphics and several other programs received recognition.
October 2023: Ringling College is thriving, continuing to place rigorous academics, cutting-edge tech, the very best faculty and facilities, and industry experience at the forefront of their commitment to students.
August 2023 – Competing largely against institutions with graduate programs, the College’s Film program ranked in the Top 5 among undergraduate-only programs from the list.


May 2023: The Ringling College Film program continues to rank as one of the top schools in the country on Variety’s annual list.

November 2022: In their seventh annual list of film school rankings, Ringling College took the #20 spot this year, up from #21 in 2021, in TheWrap’s list of the Top 50 Best Film Schools 2022.

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October 2022: The Ringling College Computer Animation program maintained its ranking of #1 in the world for “Best 3D Animation Schools and Colleges in the World 2022,” by The Rookies.

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October 2022: The Motion Design program moved up to #2 “Best Motion Graphics Schools in the World” and #1 in the United States by The Rookies.

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October 2022: The Game Art program ranked #3 in the world and #1 in the United States for “Best Game Design and Development Schools: Production Excellence – Immersive Media” by The Rookies.

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August 2022: The Ringling College Film program has been ranked #21, in the United States again this year by The Hollywood Reporter.

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July 2022: In Animation Career Review’s 2022 Illustration School rankings, Ringling’s Illustration program ranked in multiple categories, including #1 in the South, #1 in Florida, and Top 25 in the United States.

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Our excellence in these areas is a testament to our mission and vision of becoming the pre-eminent art and design college anywhere in the world. Our students are constantly innovating and pushing their own boundaries, as well as the boundaries of their disciplines. Their successes are a result of our incredible faculty and their dedication, and they both make our programs consistently rank top in the country and the world."

Dr. Larry R. Thompson, President

Dr. Larry R. Thompson, President, Ringling College of Art and Design

The College

Ringling College has about 1700 undergraduate students and offers 13 degree programs. The college is the only institution in Florida dedicated exclusively to teaching art and design. Many of our programs are ranked among the best in the nation.

Making a Difference

In addition to being recognized for their artistic talents, our students, faculty, staff, and alumni are often recognized for their academic pursuits, leadership skills, and commitment to the community.


Award Winning Academic Programs

Explore our thirteen creative disciplines—11 BFA programs and two BA programs—to find your place on a campus designed for cultivating your creativity.