Ringling College of Art and Design is a private four-year accredited college located in Sarasota, Florida that was founded by Ludd M. Spivey as an art school in 1931 as a remote branch of Southern College, founded in Orlando in 1856.
The art school separated from Southern College and became an independent nonprofit institution in 1933 and has changed names several times. It qualified for full accreditation as a degree-granting institution by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on December 11, 1979. Upon joining as a member, accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art was granted in 1984. The campus includes the Longboat Key Center for the Arts.
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Creativity is the most sought after skill in the world, and Ringling College develops students who can think critically and creatively to come up with the most innovative design solutions available. In addition, their students study with the most professional facilities, equipment, and technology in the world, bringing with them the most advanced technical skills in their major. Through a number of experiential learning programs, Ringling students are guaranteed the opportunity for professional work experience, bridging the gap between student work and client work before they graduate.