Ok so sometimes I get asked about Ringling College of Art and Design so I thought it might be helpful to my followers if I made a master post you can check to see what past people have asked?
If you still have a question please feel free to ask. If I haven’t answered it I will add it to this post for future reference. :)
Anyways, here are the asks I’ve had so far:
anonymous asks: How’s Ringling? I’m thinking of going there, since it’ll be easier for me. (Floridian.) But I’m having a lot of trouble deciding. Is it really expensive?
Mmmm well.. there are a lot of great things about Ringling. Your peers are awesome, it’s a small school so it’s more intimate than some places like SCAD, the teachers are fantastic, curriculum is great, the campus its self is beautiful, they even give you a Mac laptop to use for free while you are attending college there which is fantastic.
The big downside is the cost of course so it’s important that you look into lots of scholarships, grants, and financial aid. Loans should be the absolute last thing you look into if you can help it! (I learned this all the hard way..) the other thing is that the school sometimes doesn’t really seem to care for the students. Honestly it’s a business for them and they treat it like that. Parties for celebs in buildings we use for classes during the school week which we are told to use the side or back doors to get to classes WE pay for is one of those big pet peeves I have. If it was once or twice in the year I wouldn’t mind but it happened several times so…. yeah.
Also yes sometimes these things are held for contributors to the school and I understand that but hey. As students we also pay an arm and a leg just to be there so it should be addressed.
If you have the money or would not have a hard time getting a loan for any extra money you may need I would say yes go for it.
You learn a lot at this college, you are immersed in art and surrounded by many talented peers, a degree from Ringling is like an open door to jobs in the art community, and I think (don’t quote me on this) the employment rate after graduating is really good too. Look into it because I just remember seeing it in passing and thinking it was pretty sweet.
So here is the school website: http://www.ringling.edu/
And if you make it to Ringling please let me know! I’m going in as a Junior this year and then next year will be my final year as a Senior. If I am still around when you get in I’d be happy to show you around and help you out.
The coolest thing is.. almost everyone there would be just as happy to show you around too. Your peers are a great asset at this school and lots of fun to be around. (Like Shelby!) :D
andouilles asks: Hi. UH, I’M GOING TO BE ANOTHER PERSON ASKING YOU ABOUT RINGLING LOL. I actually live on the other coast of Florida right now (SPACE COAST REPRESENT) so uhm, visiting the school wouldn’t be that bad for me. I’m not too worried about my portfolio either (well, I’m worried - but not catastrophically stressed) I’m coming up with some really great gesture drawings/overall artwork for that. I’m a going to be a highschool senior this year so this is kind of the last stretch!
But HOLY. FUCKING. SHIT. The tuition. I come from a lower-middle class family and I don’t think I’d ever be able to pay that! So, I was wondering, are they good about helping financially? I know they offer scholarships - but I mean - do they really HELP or do they provide very minimal to no help? I thought it would be cool to ask a current student this stuff (I’m guessing this is also the best way to get a BLATANTLY HONEST opinion)! I’d love to go to Ringling (dream school, SERIOUSLY) but like wow THAT MONEY. I mean, will I even MAKE that much money when I get out of school? Seriously!
So yeah, I feel really awkward asking for advice but I’d totally appreciate it if you had any input!
Oh don’t feel bad! It’s totally fine and I am very happy to help as much as I can.
Hmm well financial aid will do it’s best when it comes to helping you get whatever grants and government loans you are eligible for and they do have a webpage set up on Ringling’s website for some scholarships but ultimately they won’t help you beyond that.
I know, because I have been going through this exact process and I am also lower middle class so I feel you. ):
Best BEST thing to do, as I told the person before you as well, is to jump on as many scholarships as you possibly can. The great thing is that there are A LOT of scholarships out there for people just coming out of highschool! (Stuff I wish I could qualify for! Alas, I am an old lady pfft)
Also remember to look into any ethnic or special scholarships. For instance I have Crohn’s Disease and they offer a one time scholarship of 10,000 dollars which I am going to be trying for next year. They even have really ridiculous ones like for left handed people who are twins or whatever. CRAZY SCHOLARSHIPS.
So I suggest that you start looking right now! Big companies almost always offer them too, people like Coca Cola and Bill Gates offers several different ones too.
The very last resort are private loans. If you do go after private loans hopefully it will be a very small amount you are asking for and I highly recommend you look into your loan company and their reputation with a fine tooth comb.
Unfortunately for me the only loan company that would even consider me at our credit rate (thanks to all my hospital bills/previous Ringling semester I never finished) is Sallie Mae. Avoid them if you can.
Mmm.. not much else I can say? If you have any friends or family involved in a job dealing with financial aid you should talk with them. They will have a lot of ideas and advice!
I wish you the best of luck and I hope to see you on campus while I still attend! :D
oh~so~very~adorkable asks: What’s it like being an…. ~Illustration Major~? :o RCAD is my dream college, and I want to be an Illustration major too!
It’s a lot of fun and it’s (i believe) the largest major at Ringling and also very versatile so you can work in many fields! (children’s books, magazines, newspapers, film, games, freelance, comics, etc.) It’s also hard work of course but it’s all worth it if you ask me.. :>
If you want to know about something more specific feel free to ask. Hope you get to go to Ringling!
owlsbeingowls asks: I still have a couple years till I’m done with high school but I’ve already been looking at some art schools. Do you like Ringling? It’s one of my top choices so far.
I really enjoy Ringling it was my first and only pick for college but I recommend you look into other art colleges too! While I feel Ringling is perfect for me it might not be perfect for you so make sure you explore all your options!
That being said my experience here has been a very positive one and the only downside is the tuition. Be sure to look into scholarships where ever you decide to go. :)
sstarshiprangerr asks: Hi! I just got my acceptance to Ringling on Friday and I can’t wait to go there in the fall! I’m going in for Illustration, and since you’re in that major, I was wondering if you could tell me more about it? I read your FAQ and it was very helpful, but I just want a littlemore on what goes on in the program. Thank you! :D
Awesome, congrats on being accepted in! A few things have changed now since I started but I’ll give you a general over view?
Your first two years and a bit of your junior year will be developing and honing your skills. Your third year will be a little of that too but you will hopefully be coming into your own style by Junior year. Junior year will also be when things start to pick up and you are much busier than you were the previous two years. At least.. this was the case for me? They have changed the curriculum a bit so you might want to check in with some of the sophomores from this year? (there should be a group listed on facebook where you can join and contact some students, look into it!) Your final year will be focused on your thesis, being on the look out for jobs, and also becoming more prepared to enter the work field.
I suggest you look into internships for your sophomore year as well as your junior year? You never know what will happen and the more experience and connections you have under your belt the better!
As far as classes you will be taking figure drawing, painting (landscapes&still lives), figure painting, media classes, general drawing class, computer illustration, history of illustration, art history and advanced art history, illustration classes, as well as electives and, if you care to try, independent studies with some of the amazing teachers we have at RCAD (including George Pratt who is pretty well know and kind of a BIG DEAL lol).
Classes are taught in a particular order for your maximum benefit and it seems like they will be doing away with minors very soon which is a shame but what can you do?
If there is something more specific you would like to ask please don’t hesitate to I love helping people get a one up on what they are getting into especially considering the large investment you are making!
Hi! I’m from Colombia and i’m looking to apply to Ringling for the next year, i was looking for information how hard is to get into the college (i’m gonna apply to the computer animation major), i’d really appreciate if you help me giving tips, or something about it, thanks in advance since i’m gonna start to create/organize my portfolio to apply, hoping an answer, best whishes. Camilo.
Hey Camilo, thanks for the question!
Well, I’ll tell you right now that Computer Animation (CA) is pretty difficult to get into but not impossible! The major is pretty small usually ( this year’s class is the biggest by far with about 80 something students ) and very picky about who they select.
I myself am a part of the biggest major on campus, Illustration. It’s very different from the selection process that CA has to go through so I’m not sure exactly how much help I can be.. all I can say is that you need to give it all you got, pay attention to the dates for turning in work for CA ( which is way earlier than other majors ) and keep a positive and hopeful attitude.
I would suggest dropping a line to my friend Shelby ( wecansexy ) since she started as a CA student here at Ringling. ( She recently switched to Illustration ) She would probably have some really good insight into the application process since she went through it herself.
Actually I think it’s really great to hear from you since we JUST had our new international students move in the day before! I wish you the best of luck and I’ll be rooting for you. :)
I’m a community college student whose considering transferring to ringing. Would you say it’s hard to get in? i’d want to be an illustration major, but i know i still have a lot of room for improvement. are the typical math, english, etc. classes necessary there, or do they focus entirely on art alone? would completing my AA first help me or does it not matter? also im poor so any extra advice on that not already in your faq is appreciated! thank you for having so much information up!
It’s no problem at all! I would say that if you are transferring into Illustration that you have a good chance of getting in. Illustration is the biggest major here on campus and unless A LOT of people are applying at the same time I wouldn’t worry about it! As for the classes main focus is on art but you still do have to take a couple of courses that would fullfil those basic courses you mentioned but I really don’t know much about that since I transfered in with my AA nearly complete. ( I was only missing two classes to graduate…long horrible story, bleh )
AS FOR MONEY.. I struggled so much when it came to affording classes here. I suggest looking into as many scholarships as you can and looking for grants before you even consider private loans. I myself had to turn to private loans but I wish I had really sought after more scholarships since there are so many out there. There are even a lot of local scholarships out there so be sure to look into that! Remember to look into your family history or anything at all that makes you unique. Even red hair or being exceptionally short or tall or silly things like that. Those scholarships exist!
I would also get in contact with Ringling themselves. Call up Financial Aid and tell them your situation.
For this last year, my senior year, I was facing the real possibility of not being able to attend. I was ready to really throw in the towel and started thinking of other options I could do until could go back. I had contact Ringling telling them my situation and how desperate I was. They came through and gave me 10,000 dollars for college and all I can say is there should have been more tissues in the house when I got the news.
I wish you THE BEST of luck! Ringling is worth every penny and has thought me so much and I have made many AWESOME friends who will be amazing connections later in life! Well, I won’t see you here since I am graduating but I hope you make it. Good luck Anon!
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