Most Wired Campus in America
On your first day at Ringling College, you receive a brand new, high-end laptop, loaded with the most up-to- date software, free of charge. We will provide both hardware and software maintenance support for your laptop for the duration of your study. Ringling College has embraced virtual and cloud technologies to support our user community. Cloud technologies enable our students to access their projects and work whenever and wherever they want, from almost any device.
First-year students will receive a new MacBook Pro for the duration of their studies and an iPad Pro 12.9 inch for the first year at Ringling College. The new MacBook Pro is equipped with the powerful M1 Pro processor (10-core CPU and 16-core GPU) to supercharge pro-level workflows while getting amazing battery life. Furthermore, the new MacBook Pro is well-appointed with an immersive 14-inch Liquid Retina XDR display, 32 GB unified memory, next-generation WiFi 6, and an array of pro ports.
We want to make sure that no matter where your inspiration leads you, we offer the resources to back you up. On campus we offer labs stocked with 550 Macintosh computers, 319 PCs, Cintiq Tablets, high-resolution laser printers, 3D printers, laser cutters, and so much more.
Students also have access to large-format printing and can use our digital checkout system to utilize a fantastic array of high-tech gear like game consoles, video cameras, and digital projectors.
And, of course, our campus is equipped with free wifi, and our Academic Center can connect 3,000 devices at any given time. We are here to support you, and to make sure you never have to slow down.
That’s what you get when you step onto the Most Wired Campus in America (US News & World Report).
Work from anywhere
The Ringling College Athena Initiative is a new cloud-based computer platform that allows you to access your own “compute server” from almost any device, anywhere, anytime with high-resolution support and 3D graphics capabilities.
This means the freedom to access your files just as you left them from your Windows computer, Macintosh, smartphone, or tablet—effectively turning your device of choice into a portal to a powerful, mobile workstation comparable to your typical Windows workstation with 3D applications such as Maya and Zbrush.
As if that weren’t enough, Athena provides free annual hardware upgrades while you are a student, regular automated upgrades of the latest software and security programs, nightly backup service, and retrieval of lost files for up to 10 days.
We strive to make technology resources readily available everywhere. You’ll find our technology is abundant, advanced, and tailored to meet the needs of artists and designers. General purpose and discipline-specific hardware, such as cutting-edge workstations; and software, such as ZBrush, are deployed in over 40 instructional computer laboratories across campus.