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.

“Onigami”
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: 

LIBERAL ARTS MINORS

Art History

Business of Art and Design

Creative Writing

Film Studies

Gender and Sexuality Studies

STUDIO ARTS MINORS

Fine Arts

Graphic Design

Photography and Imaging

Realistic Painting

Visual Development

Student Work

Images

Video

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 

Woodworking 

Glassblowing 

Printmaking 

Sculpture Studios

Resources for Visual Studies Students

Learn more about the courses students take in our Visual Studies major.

See how many types of careers are available for Visual Studies graduates.

Start your creative career at Ringling College.

Staff

 

Director of Library Services

941-359-7582

Claire Powell

Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian

941-359-7583

Janelle Rebel

Technical Services Librarian   

941-359-7586

Janet Thomas

Instructional Design Librarian

941-309-0038

Claire Powell

Instructional Design Librarian

 

Vacant

Archivist

941-309-4055

Alexandra Vargas-Minor

Library Technician III (Cataloging and Metadata Assistant)   

941-359-7631

Lisa Martinez

Library Technician II (Periodicals and Interlibrary Loan)

 

Vacant

Library Technician III (Circulation Manager)  

941-359-7587

Tim DeForest

Library Technician III (Acquisitions Manager/Office Support)  

941-359-7584

Yolanda Coleman

Library Technician II (Assistant Circulation Manager)  

941-359-7587

Vacant

Assistant Circulation Manager

 

Christina Song

Circulation Assistant 

 

Jean Ferderber

Circulation Assistant Sooyeon Baek

Borrowing

Patron Type # of Items Type of Material Borrowing Time
Student 40 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Faculty and Staff 40 Books 6 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 7 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Trustee, Alumni, Cross College Alliance, and  15 Books 3 weeks
Ringling College LibraryAssociation Members CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
PreCollege 5 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Local Teacher 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Chartwell’s and Follett employees located at Ringling 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
*The video game collection supports the research and teaching of the Game Art & Design program. Video games may not be checked out by Alumni, Ringling College Library Association members or Family members.

Spaces

The Alfred R. Goldstein Library features a wide variety of quiet, group study, and work process spaces. Looking for a quiet study area? Make your way up to the 3rd floor to look for a book in the Research Collection or peruse the new art magazines while relaxing in comfortable seating. When the weather is nice, you can take your coffee from Roberta’s Café on the first floor to one of the four terraces to work outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Looking for meeting space to get together with a group? Check out the group study rooms, which are available on all three floors of the Goldstein Library. The 10 group study rooms are available to students on a first-come first served basis, or available for booking by Ringling College faculty and staff for group and class meetings.

Library Hours

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Sunday: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM schedule during breaks.

Ringling College ID Access Only

Please note a Ringling College ID is required for access, except from 8:30am – 4:30pm from Monday – Friday.

Hours for the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center:

By appointment only from Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., no drop-ins. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Contact specialcollections@c.ringling.edu to schedule an appointment.

Visit Us

Ringling College of Art + Design
Alfred R. Goldstein Library
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

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We welcome recommendations for new library materials from the Ringling College community. Librarians will consider all requests bearing in mind their appropriateness for the collections and the current budget.
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