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Ringling College of Art and Design

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About Ringling College of Art and Design

Since 1931, creatives from every corner of the world come to Ringling College of Art and Design to deepen, transform, and explore their passions. Our 1,300 students are fueled by a need to create—and we deliver the tools to turn passion into profession: an award-winning faculty, cutting-edge technology, and a supportive, creative community.

We offer the BFA in eleven disciplines and the BA in two. Beyond our rigorous curriculum—pairing studio and liberal arts—we excel in propelling students outside of the classroom through client projects, substantive internships, and national competitions, stopping at nothing to shape our students into tomorrow’s leaders of art and design.

Campus information

The picturesque 48-acre campus includes more than 110 building and enrolls over 1200 students from 45 states, 60 countries, Washington DC and Peurto Rico -  two thirds of whom reside on the perdestrian-friendly residential campus. Its more than 140 faculty members are all professional artists, designers, and scholars who actively pursue their own work outside the classroom

The campus is based in Sarasota, the southwestern coast of Florida. Both Sarasota Bay and Siesta Beach offer a great place for outdoor activities.


With seven residence halls, multiple apartment complexes, and over 30 near campus houses, Ringling College offers students a wide array of options for housing. And since over 70% of students choose to live on campus, we strive to make our campus housing convenient, safe, and comfortable. Our amenities include furnished living quarters, three meal plan options, on-call staff, proximity to campus services, classrooms, and studios, all utilities, and 24 hour security. For additional safety, access to each floor of our residence halls is limited to its inhabitants only.

First year students reside in Goldstein, Appleton, Idelson, and Harmon Halls, centrally located on campus for convenience and proximity to our facilities. 

Goldstein Hall 
Our newest residence hall, Goldstein is a state-of-the-art facility built for collaboration. The ground floor offers a student lounge area called The Fishbowl, mailroom, residence life offices, and a large multipurpose space for student events. Goldstein rooms are double suites, housing two students each and sharing an adjoining bathroom with another room. They typically measure 11x16 ft, and each floor is equipped with project rooms for creating large-scale projects.

Appleton, Idelson & Harmon
Bedrooms in these halls are among the largest on campus, and as such, three students share the space measuring 15x16 ft, with loftable beds, drawing tables/chairs, and tile floors. These rooms are just a short walk from the Hammons Commons Dining Hall, Student Center, and The Fishbowl. 


Courses available 10

Architecture, Building 1 Creative Arts & Design 9 Mass Communication & Media 2


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