Visual Studies

Customize Your Creative Career.

Build your own degree and design your future at Ringling College of Art and Design. Our Visual Studies major allows students to self-direct their curriculum and focus on specific areas of study.

Eric Wang ’20


Forge your future in this self-directed BA program.

Our Visual Studies degree is one-of-a-kind and personally tailored to offer maximum flexibility and exploration. Today’s world requires nimble thinking. Learn to approach problems from different perspectives, build advanced problem-solving skills, explore the creative process, conduct critical analysis, and communicate ideas clearly and effectively. Study up to three minors while still receiving a top-quality liberal arts education paired with studio courses.

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 breadth of experience and encourage exploration.  Choose from these minors: 


Art History

Business of Art and Design

Creative Writing

Film Studies

Gender and Sexuality Studies


Fine Arts

Graphic Design

Photography and Imaging

Virtual Reality

Visual Development

Explore Our Major

Student Work



Opportunities for students

Visual Studies

Yours to Explore

Ringling College’s campus is home to a collection of cross-disciplinary and educational studios, spaces, and labs where you can work independently or collaboratively with faculty, staff, and other Ringling students. 

Digital Fabrication

Digital Labs 




Sculpture Studios

Start your creative career at Ringling College.