- 4 Year
- SARASOTA, FL
Ringling College of Art and Design
- grade C+Overall Grade
- 4 Year
- SARASOTA, FL
- Rating 3.63 out of 5 482 reviews
- Academicsgrade B
- Valuegrade C minus
- Diversitygrade A
- Campusgrade C+
- Athleticsgrade unavailable
- Party Scenegrade C+
- Professorsgrade B minus
- Locationgrade B
- Dormsgrade B
- Campus Foodgrade D+
- Student Lifegrade B minus
- Safetygrade B+
Since 1931, Ringling College of Art and Design has cultivated the creative spirit in students from around the globe. The private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in eleven disciplines and the Bachelor of Arts in two.
The College’s rigorous curriculum employs the studio model of teaching and immediately engages students through a comprehensive program that is both specific to the major of study and focused on the liberal arts. The Ringling College teaching model ultimately shapes students into highly employable and globally aware artists and designers.
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Most Popular Majors
- Animation, Video Graphics and Special Effects113 Graduates
- Illustration112 Graduates
- Arts39 Graduates
- Cinematography and Video Production38 Graduates
- Graphic Design16 Graduates
- Interior Design7 Graduates
- Creative Writing6 Graduates
- Photography6 Graduates
- Studio Arts5 Graduates
- Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management4 Graduates
Internationally Ranked Art and Design Programs
Ringling College of Art and Design 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 help them turn their passion into their profession.
- Mix of Online and on Campus0%
- On Campus100%
- Friendly, hardworking46%
- Hard working weirdos15%
- Stuck up, odd, not attractive, scary15%
- hard working , tried and stressed4%
- Hard working24%
- Top notch14%
Ringling College of Art and Design Reviews
I think the school is a fine experience and worth it if you'd like to be in the mainstream animated feature film industry. Administration, while individually many are trying their best, as a whole, it will likely fail you in many areas. This isn't Ringling specific though. Community is great. There are some unpleasant people (and if it's like my experience the school will LOVE them and reward them, despite many of them having Title IX incidents)
As for the CA program, the faculty are outdated. They're unaware of diversity and the reality of the current industry. I'd suggest staying in CA for 2-3 years, learn the basics, get the "Ringling" name on your resume, take advantage of the networking, and the drop out for cheaper online schools to refine your skills better! The school isn't bad. I just think that's a better path! Good luck kids.
After four long and hard years, I've finally graduated from Ringling. I consider myself a person with strong mental health, but Ringling has definitely challenged that over my time spent there.
The work-to-life ratio there is abysmal. Students work finger to the bone. I've seen friends of mine completely shatter under the pressure.
BUT! Let me make something clear. This school will more than prepare you for the working world. If anything, the working world is a piece of cake compared to Ringling. I've spent my past few summers interning at well-respected companies, and I've just started my first full-time job this week. I can work these jobs with relative ease because Ringling really whips you into shape. And you will often find yourself rising through the ranks at your job quickly due to the work ethic this school ingrains in you.
But if that kind of lifestyle doesn't appeal to you, save yourself the mental strain/money and skip this school.