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Ringling College of Art & Design

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2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234
Sarasota, FL
34234 US


(941) 351-5100


Ringling College of Art and Design recognizes that artists and designers play a significant role in society. The College's primary mission is to provide programs leading to degrees that prepare students to be discerning visual thinkers and ethical practitioners in their chosen area of art and design.

Visual arts professionals must understand diverse aspects of past and present cultures, and develop their capacity for creative expression and effective communication. Ringling's curriculum, therefore, balances the teaching of technical knowledge and skills with the development of critical, conceptual and creative abilities and supports courses that provide historical, multicultural, global and future perspectives. Ringling faculty consists of professionally active and teaching-oriented artists, designers and scholars.

Ringling College of Art and Design strives to enroll both full- and part-time students from diverse backgrounds who intend to become professionals in the visual arts. Through its policies and practices, the College supports excellence in teaching and fosters the aesthetic, intellectual, professional, personal, and social development of its students. Academic programs and advising, career services, and an extensive co-curricular student life program prepare students for an art or design profession, or when appropriate, for continued studies on the graduate level.

In addition to its degree program, Ringling College offers courses, lectures, exhibitions and other art-related services to the local and regional community through its gallery, library, continuing education and community service programs.

Through the efforts of its Board of Trustees, administrators, faculty, support staff, alumni, and friends, Ringling endeavors to provide the necessary resources, services and environment to fulfill its institutional mission.

Founded in 1931, Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, independent, nonprofit, four-year college.



Pupil Teacher Ratio


Tuition Undergraduate



Advertising Design
Business of Art & Design
Computer Animation
Digital Filmmaking
General Fine Arts
Fine Arts: Painting
Fine Arts: Printmaking
Fine Arts: Sculpture
Game Art & Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design
Motion Design
Photography & Digital Imaging


Community Scholarships
National Scholarships

Financial Aid

Student Loans, Grants, Scholarships

Application Procedure

When applying to Ringling College of Art and Design, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Ringling College of Art and Design is $70. It has an an acceptance rate of 75 percent.

Undergraduate Programs

Advertising Design
Business of Art & Design
Computer Animation
Digital Filmmaking
General Fine Arts
Fine Arts: Painting
Fine Arts: Printmaking
Fine Arts: Sculpture
Game Art & Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design
Motion Design
Photography & Digital Imaging

On Campus Clubs

At Ringling College of Art and Design we have a variety of clubs and organizations that are very active on campus. This gives you the opportunity to become involved with a particular group of interest, meet peers, and enhance your educational experience while gaining valuable leadership skills. There is something for every student, no matter what the interest or schedule!
Special-interest groups develop or phase out, depending on the interests of each year’s students. Ringling College has had clubs for gamers, writers, photographers, wildlife artists, computer animators, fantasy illustrators, and environmentalists, among others. To receive more information on an existing organization, students can either talk to the members of the specific group or come to the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development. Because of changing student and meeting schedules, anyone with questions about organization meeting days, times, and locations should contact to receive the most up-to-date information.
At the beginning of each semester, the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Develop, in coordination with the Office of Service Learning and Volunteerism, hosts the Club and Volunteerism Fair, which provides opportunities for all members of the campus community to meet directly with organization leadership and learn more about individual organizations.
The following, in alphabetical order, is the most recent list of active student organizations at Ringling College:
Alliance [Gay-Straight Alliance]
Animé Club
AIGA [The Professional Association for Design]
ASID [American Society of Interior Designers]
ART Network
Business of Art and Design Club
CAB [Campus Activities Board]
Creative Suite (formerly Advertising Club)
Cupcake Collective
D.P.S.C. [Digital Painting Sketch Club]
FEWS [Figure Enhancement With Students]
FOCAS [Fellowship of Christian Art Students]
Football Club
Game Design Club
House of Flying Mochi
IIDA [International Interior Design Association]
Illest of Illustration
Ministry of Magic
The Mixers
M.O.S.A.I.C. [Making Our School An Intercultural Community]
The Music Minors
Resident Student Association
RIDA [Ringling Interior Design Association]
Ringling Gaming Club
Ringling Quidditch Team
Ringling Robot Enthusiasts
Soccer Club
Student Government Association [SGA]
Type Club
USGBC [United States Green Building Council]

Department Chairs

Full-Time Faculty

Bernard Canniffe, B.A., M.F.A.
Department Head

Newport College of Art & Design, University of Wales (Graphic Design); Savannah College of Art and Design. Mr. Canniffe, originally from Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, has made presentations on design for the common good at international medical, design, and academic conferences throughout the world. He was a presenter at the Cumulus Design Conference in Portugal; National Institute of Design Conference Ahmedabad, India; Willem de Kooning Academie, Holland; Zayed University, Dubai; Osaka University, Japan; Shinghwah University, China; Samsung Design Academy, South Korea; Yale University, Connecticut; P&D Design Conference, Brazil; Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar, and Johns Hopkins University, Maryland. Mr. Canniffe has led design projects and workshops that address socioeconomic and cultural topics, and he has spent the last several years working extensively in the Middle East developing mechanisms to promote cultural acceptance. Mr. Canniffe is the recipient of the Graphis: Inspiring Designers for the New Millennium Award, 2000, the Baltimore Step 10 Most Influential Designers Award, and The Joseph Binder Award, 2010. His work has been published in Graphis, HOW, STEP, Metropolis, GOOD, PRINT, Concept-Indonesia, Design-South Korea and CCPH Perspectives.

David Foote, B.F.A., M.F.A.

Maryland Institute College of Art (Graphic Design); Savannah College of Art and Design (Graphic Design). Mr. Foote comes to Ringling from Savannah College of Art and Design, where he held the positions of Professor of Graphic Design and Advertising Design, Advertising Design Department Chair, and Director of Academic Initiatives. He developed and produced the SCADDY’s, SCAD’s first campus-wide multi-major student awards. David's 20 year career as an advertising professional has garnered a wide range of national and global clients, resulting in industry creative awards including a National ADDY® and a Clio.

Angela Leed, B.F.A., M.F.A.

Indiana University South Bend, IN (Graphic Design); Bowling Green State University, OH (2 Dimensional Studies). Ms. Leed’s work has been shown in exhibitions throughout Chicago, New York and Indiana. She has received numerous awards, including an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Council. Support from the IAC made possible her traveling exhibition, Manufactured Community. In 2008, Angela brought together a communications agency and artist research staff to create the Inspirative gallery, through which, an internship program was created in partnership with Bethel College.

Matt McCutchin, B.S., M.A.

University of Texas, Austin (Advertising); Harvard University (English and American Literature/Language) . Mr. McCutchin has spent over 20 years as an advertising creative in some of the nation's top agencies, as well as ten years teaching and mentoring students in two top creative advertising programs. His agency tenure includes such creative powerhouses as DDB Chicago, New York's Deutsch, Ammirati & Puris, and Kirshenbaum Bond + Partners, Boston's Arnold, and Dallas' Temerlin McCalin. He has created award-winning campaigns for numerous clients including Volkswagen, IKEA, Snapple, AT&T, State Farm, Midas, Compaq, Subaru, Bank of America, and The Home Depot. Matt was a full-time faculty member of the Texas Creative program at UT-Austin, and taught previously at the Miami Ad School, West Virginia University, and Chicago Portfolio School. His former students have won most major industry awards, including Cannes Lions and One Show pencils. In his spare time, Matt is also a creative director, a musician and music producer.

Vivian Owen, B.A., M.A.

Xavier University (Communications/Advertising); Michigan State University (Advertising). Ms. Owen has seven years of professional experience in the advertising industry, specifically in the creative and copywriting departments of the business. She comes to Ringling from The Zimmerman Agency in Tallahassee, FL where she held the position of Senior Copywriter. During her career, she has also worked at Doner in Detroit, Michigan and Barefoot Advertising in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ms. Owen has written ads for national clients such as The Ritz-Carlton, Aflac, Steak ‘n Shake,, Eureka, Sherwin Williams, Mr. Clean and Swiffer. Her work has been recognized through multiple industry awards in the ADDY® ’s competition and was most recently honored in Adweek’s Ad of the Day feature.