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The Ringling College of Art and Design

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I attended a major university prior to Ringling,Quite BrightFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
I attended a major university prior to Ringling, and Ringling is a lot better as far as the teachers treating you as a person, not just a number. I had more fun at Ringling my first year, meeting people and doing volunteer work. I'm an illustrator, and I love it. Some of my friends are Fine Art majors-don't do it unless you can really come up with bullshit to back your work. They're really big into conceptual work. The teachers are also VERY political and close-minded when it comes to "What is art"? It's pretty good, but don't live on campus-too much drama, and don't eat the cafeteria food-it sucks. They also like to waste money on buildings that really serve no function.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2006
Individual Value: A+, Extracurricular Activities: B-
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I found ringling to be an amazing placeFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
I found ringling to be an amazing place to devolope my talent and learn about illustration. The teachers were great, i dont know what i would have done without them, they know how to push you to your limit and then push you some more. i lived on campus for 4 years, students varied. the younger classes seemed a bit less interested in education, but you always have groups like that. i was involved in f.o.c.a.s and met a great group of people, and the church we went to was the best i have ever found in my life. the only regret i have is not really having the money to go there and getting out a buch of loans to pay for school. THIS WAS REALLY STUPID. do not take out a grand in loans! it is so very hard to pay them back and it is the majority of my income. its a great school, make sure you take the teachers with the tuff reputation or you wont learn what you should. dont be lazy and try to not major in illustration. graphic design is the way to go...i only wish they had minors in it. im an illustrator but in today world, the design department at ringling can help you get a job at any firm you want. if you wanna try freelancing go for illustration..but its hard work, and you will starve for a few months while trying.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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My experience at Ringling sucked.Quite BrightFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
My experience at Ringling sucked. Sure the campus is pretty. When you visit they only show you the good parts of town and the campus. It's another thing when you get there.

The students are rude, self absorbed, spoiled. Not all of them mind you, but a lot of them are. It was mostly the freshman and sophmores that were like that when i was attending. ALL of my friends were international students, i didn't plan it that way but it just happened to end up like that, they were the only students I met that weren't stuck up and snobby or had to wear rabbit, furry animal ears and tails every day and watch anime (don't ask)...

The teachers are another story. They were awesome. If it wasn't for them, I would have freaked out there. Most of them are always available after class, go on a first name basis and are honest and helpful. If you can put up with living with a large group of not-so-friendly students, then by all means go to Ringling. At least you'll have good instructors.

1st Year Female -- Class 2006
Faculty Accessibility: A, Friendliness: C-
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