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Most Helpful Review for Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Category: Am learning a lot
  • Review by: Phillip from Punta Gorda, FL
  • 38 out of 38 people found this review helpful

Having only finished my freshmen year, I have only learned what Ringling taught me for their 1st year CORE Studio program, which is drawing (still lifes, etc), figure drawing, 3D studio, 2D art, color, history, and others based on your major. Mine was Traditional Animation and History of Animation because I'm a Computer Animation major. BTW, Ringling is generally referred to as the best art school in the country and has the world's best animation program, according to 3D magazine.

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  • Game Art Alum
  • Sep-03-2017 I am a past student here

    Ringling College prides itself on its motto: "shattering the myth of the starving artist". I graduated from the Game Art major two years ago and of the 14 people I graduated with only myself and two others are actually currently working in the industry. This is a very expensive school that I strongly believe sells students on a false dream. The demand for junior artists simply isn't strong enough, and the school does not prepare students well enough for entering the industry. Here's a few reasons the school isn't worth it: 1. Teachers aren't up to date on current practices. Some have been removed from the industry for many years, and are comfortable living the cushy teacher lifestyle without keeping up with current trends. They don't know how to use the newest software (though they expect students to figure that out on their own time). One of the best examples I have of this is one teacher who would do demos in class and couldn't actually get his stuff working correctly. At the end he would basically say, "oh well, I'm sure you guys can figure this out at home." 2. The pacing of deadlines is brutal. And I'm saying this as someone who isn't lazy and doesn't shy away from hard work. But when your classes require you to pull all-nighters multiple times a week and get very little sleep the rest of the nights, your mind and body just don't function right. If all your time and energy is just going to hitting the deadlines you don't have time left over to experiment with new techniques or learn the software your teachers aren't covering in class. 3. The school is more interested in marketing themselves versus helping students get jobs. The school puts so much emphasis on making a video because they use those videos to market the school to prospective students. But instead game art students should be able to use senior year to focus on getting their portfolio set up for environment art, character art, or their field of choice. A lot of students graduate and find that most of the work they did for thesis year actually can't be used in their portfolio when they are looking for work. 4. Even though you're technically getting a bachelor's degree, the school's education for every other required subject (math, science, english, history) is a complete joke. 5. Most of the learning you do at Ringling is through YouTube videos, or paid subscriptions to tutorial sites shared among friends. If you are motivated you could get the same education value at home on your own, without paying the $160k+ price tag or getting into student debt. And if you do want to go to a school to learn the skills a program like Gnomon's seems much more effective at covering the same career skills. 6. The school wants you to fail and isn't sympathetic towards student struggles. 4 absences automatically equals a failing grade, no exceptions. And C- is considered a failing grade. We started as a class of 28 and only 14 of us even made it to graduation. Students are expected to redo an entire year if they fail a single class, and they can not retake classes until the following year. These policies are very punishing towards students and the school benefits off of the money they make from people re-taking the year. If I could go back in time, I wouldn't choose to attend Ringling again.

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  • Current CG Professional
  • Aug-18-2017 I am a past student here

    Ringling's mismanaged animation department desperately tries to play catch-up to modern industry standards, but is crippled by the lack of qualified professors. The professors with real experience are not qualified as a whole because they either only know one part of the computer graphics pipeline -- and have to teach the whole package -- or their resume is so dated that their knowledge base is no longer relevant. Despite their ignorance on many topics, they insist on a restrictive approach to learning focused on eliminating extra variables (i.e. students exploring new techniques). This is perhaps because they prioritize smoother operations over better learning. They cannot lay out a clear road map to success and refuse to learn from their mistakes, preferring to lay the blame on the student body rather than on themselves or their curriculum. Most successful students seem to do well in spite of the program, not because of it. As the years go on, expect the gradual decline in the technical quality of the work to continue.

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  • Glenn from San Juan, PR
  • Nov-14-2016 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Ringling is by far the most prepared school I've seen. The curriculum is very well built and their facilities are top notch. Sarasota, however, isn't that impressive but Ringling's college environment and the proximity to big cities such as Orlando and Tampa make up for it.

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  • Kai from Plymouth, MN
  • Oct-30-2016 I am a current student here

    I'm a freshmen, so maybe my views will change later, but Ringling is a great school so far. I love the classes, teachers, and students.

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  • disgruntled
  • Mar-15-2016 I am a current student here

    Misguided, backwards CA/GA majors. Predatory financial aid services. Worth it for the hardworking people in the majors.

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  • Anonymous
  • Jul-27-2015 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Great school with a good campus and nice teachers.

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  • Miami, FL
  • May-01-2015 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Ringling is at the top of my list. Friendly, accepting community and strong programs are some qualities of Ringling that I find to be most appealing.

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  • Morgan from Apopka, FL
  • Feb-24-2015 I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    Ringling College is a well-renowned school known for giving it's students every opportunity for them to succeed. If you get accepted here, and stick with it, the fruits of your labors will be ever the sweeter.

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  • Christian from Puerto Rico
  • Jan-08-2015 I am a current student here

    Ringling is an amazing experience. You will watch your skills as an artist and scholar grow immensely over even the first semester. You will create lasting connections and find your ideal career.

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  • Kari from Venice, FL
  • Mar-24-2014 I am a current student here

    Excellent school with interesting classes. Excellent instructors who make learning fun. Great advising staff that are extremely helpful in helping to keep you on track.

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