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The Ringling College of Art and Design

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Ringling is a great school if you knowAverageDesign Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc
Ringling is a great school if you know what you want to do. I came into it as a transfer student and into the Game Design major. Don't come here if you're unsure of what major you want to take. It's extremely expensive and ultimately will take you so much longer to graduate. The school has little pity for those who need to retake classes and/or change majors. They kind of expect that you're rich or have all the time in the world.

That said- THIS SCHOOL IS SINK OR SWIM. Not only do they not care about your academic career timeline, but the classes are extremely challenging. Teachers give you a brief demo and project explanation then throw you into the water. You learn and ultimately master 7 programs in a few short years. It's overwhelming often but it forces you to be agile and do a lot of self learning- which is what the industry is calling for. I've pulled countless all nighters and typically work until 3am 6 days a week. A project that would take me months now only takes me 2 weeks. My skills are being refined and I learned so much within these last few years. The teachers are typically very helpful and will go out of their way if you show initiative. The game art program in particular is really the start of your career. Teachers are game vets or still working on projects themselves. Industry professionals visit often. What you produce could ultimately get you picked up for an internship/job quickly. TLDR; Like I said this school is VERY challenging. If you're clear on what path you want to take come here. If you're determined and confident in your budding skills, come here. Don't come here if you have little work ethic, can't stand competitive atmospheres, or can't take critique. Ringling will eat you whole.

3rd Year Female -- Class 2018
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: D
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If you do not come to this collegeQuite BrightArt & Design Department
If you do not come to this college with a STRONG art background in drawing of all types do not apply. They continue to advertise that "students with no formal training are welcome". Don't do it. They take those students' money and flunk them out of Game Art and Computer Animation. There is no quality direct instruction at all. Professors are artists who cannot teach. It is survival of the fittest and they rank students from day one. There is no real help ever given. And if you have any learning differences good luck. They talk a great game when you are applying and then they don't even try to follow through. Very disappointing college. Wish I never said yes to Ringling. Once you are there difficult to transfer out. No social life. Students in a constant state of stress, worry, etc. Not just during exams.Ringling education needs a complete overhaul. The talented students who come here talented and are highly skilled ALREADY make the name for the school. It is NOT the school that has made them what they are. If you make it through and are at the top of your class you will do well in finding a job. That is if you can survive the stress. Don't go here.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2015
Surrounding City: B+, Faculty Accessibility: F
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Everyone here is borrowing about 20k a yearBrightDesign Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc
Everyone here is borrowing about 20k a year to attend. I think if that's a MAJOR sacrifice for you, it's not worth it. Go to a state school. But if you can afford it and you're willing to get some debt (i.e. you're not going to grad school so you might as well get a strong undergrad), then this is a great place.
1st Year Female -- Class 2014
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: C-
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