Ringling College of Art and Design

Ringling College of Art and Design was founded in 1931 by John Ringling who was a circus impresario as well as a noted art collector and real estate developer.

The college is an independent, private, not-for-profit four-year college of the visual arts and design. It is recognized as a 501c3 organization.

The college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD),and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA formerly FIDER.)

Ringling College confers a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts degree with 14 majors in:
Advertising Design (BFA), Business of Art & Design (BA), Computer Animation (BFA), Digital Filmmaking (BFA), Fine Arts (BFA), Game Art & Design (BFA), Graphic & Interactive Communication (BFA), Interior Design (BFA), Illustration (BFA), Motion Design (BFA), Painting (BFA), Photography & Digital Imaging (BFA), Printmaking (BFA), Sculpture (BFA).

Ringling also minors in Business of Art & Design, Digital Imaging, Digital Filmmaking, Fine Arts, and Photography.

Ringling College has a world-class Faculty consisting of more than 150 faculty members, all currently practicing artists, designers, and scholars

It has an Annual Operating Budget of $55 million which has balanced every year since 1931. Just 55% of the annual operating budget is raised from fees and tuition.

The campus consists of over 111 buildings on 48 acres north of downtown Sarasota, Florida. Almost two-thirds of the student body lives on campus.

PreCollege Perspective: - Every summer, 150 high school seniors and juniors from throughout the U.S.
as well as abroad, live and study for four weeks on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus.

More than 2,000 students attend teen and adult Community Art classes at Ringling College’s main Sarasota campus during the year, and hundreds more light up their creative passions at Englewood Art Center and the Longboat Key Center for the Arts.

Selby Gallery sees over 30,000 visitors at its award-winning exhibitions each year.

Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library is open to the public as well as the college and houses a vast collection of more than 127,000 35mm slides, 55,000 print volumes, 6,100 DVDs, videodiscs, videotapes and multimedia titles on CD-ROM, and includes musical and sound effects, 350 periodicals, online databases of images, and a collection of hand-made artists’ books.

Ringling College Design Center is a professional design studio staffed by top seniors and provides 
thousands of dollars in design services for free to local not-for-profit organizations annually.

Every year, over 60 recruiters from corporations, not-for-profit organizations and government agencies visit campus to utilise our graduates.

Examples of recruiters include:
American Greetings, Carters Children’s Wear, Apple Computer, Cartoon Network, Disney, DreamWorks, Electronic Arts, Universal Studios, CNN, LucasArts Entertainment, Pixar, Moonbot Studios, ReelFX, Sony Pictures Imageworks, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, ESPN, Hallmark Cards, Midway Games, Ogilvy & Mather, Steelcase, Target Corp., St. Petersburg Times, General Motors, and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

For more information contact Christine Meeker Lange, Special Assistant to the President for Media & Community Relations:
clange@ringling.edu or 941.359.7594 | mobile: 941.302.2769