Ringling College of Art and Design 2009 hopefuls
Most of the 2008 hopefuls are now at Ringling, so it seems time to start this years thread. This is the place for students applying in 2009 to meet one another and current Ringling students, and recieve advice on how to get accepted.
Here is a link to last years thread: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=102409
Some notes on applications, garnered while I was at Ringling pre-college. Some of it may be more relevant to computer animation than other majors.
Most of your portfolio should be drawings from life. The website says at least half; seventy five percent would be safer.
It's okay to have some concept art stuff, as long as it is good and reasonably original. Just be sure to get critiques on your work, and avoid stereotypes such as dragons and unicorns.
Same goes for 3d computer work. Also, keep in mind that the more complex a model or animation, the more likely it is to have visible flaws. A simple, effective piece will help you, while an ambitious but imperfect piece will hurt you.
Include only your best work; don't feel obligated to show a vast quantity or huge variety.
That being said, if you have top notch pieces in a variety of mediums, include them all. If you've invested the time to become good in many media, show it off.
Some of your work can be stylized, but avoid using other peoples styles, especially anime.
Grades/Recommendation Letters/Test Scores:
While secondary to the portfolio, grades do play a significant part in admissions. Likewise for letters of recommendation. While you don't have to submit standardized test scores, the people in admissions say that they never hurt and sometimes help an applicant.
While the essay is less important than any of the above factors, it can be a deciding factor for a borderline applicant. Try to be entertaining; if you can entertain them with writing, it's more likely you'll be able to entertain on canvas or film. Don't try to suck up, and don't include any variation on "ever since I sax X, I've wanted to be an animator/concept artist/whatever." (supposedly, in order to make reading that sentence hundreds of times more bearable, they read it in a funny voice whenever the encounter it).
Also, the essay is your chance to explain any extracurriculars that you think should help you get in.
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Well you already saw me in the first thread, Meloncov. Just need to figure out how I'm going to get figure drawings from life.
Thanks again for the advice.
I'm wondering how current Ringling students are liking the school. How are the classes? What about student activities (want to hear about the Hip Hop dance group!)? And what are your classmates like?
Hey all, joining in as a 2009 Ringling hopeful! Just went on a tour about a week ago and loved it. Definitely motivated me even more to get working on the portfolio!
Seconding what MM Howard said; would also like to hear from current Ringling students and looking forward to getting to know some of my fellow applicants!
Talk to ya soon
Hey guys! I know some may remember me from last year's thread, but I just wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself again. I'm Betsy,a second year computer animation student at Ringling. I'll be lurking around here offering whatever tips and advice I can. If anyone has any questions about their portfolio or just Ringling in general, feel free to drop me a note or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org !
I'll also be working in the Admissions Office at Ringling this semester, so if you would happen to visit on a Tuesday morning, I might see you!
Thanks for the introduction, I have met you then! ^_^
I'm one of the Nicole's, more specifically, the one who's name was "butchered" yesterday, lol.
Also, good luck to all applying, each major is something to really think about. Submit your best work, or work that's strong in it's media, and good luck.
Also ALSO, it seems from the vairety show that some of upperclassman can REALLY shake their groove thang. o.o Like, wow.
Classes are net week, and we'll find out more specifically about clubs and whatnot during the Friday workshop.
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Hey all, I'm going to be applying this year, and to say the truth this is like my dream school so im really sh* my pants. Im trying to improve in the little time i have but im really unsecure about my work seeing everyone elses portfolios! i met up with a lot of universities over the summer, they all told me i shouldnt have any problems (SVA already accepted my portfolio) and met Mrs. Fischer in ringling whom was very positive, but im still really REALLY nervous.
so if anyone could helpfully critique my work that would be amazing....
apart from that ill be hopefully joining the CA group fall 2009. My gpa is so-so but itll be 3.00 or a little over by the time i apply . I can get 2 recommendation letters from owners of two japanese industries whom i worked for (animation) meh cant think of anything else to say. Im in IB, live in Japan but Im italian.
Ah does anyone know of any "international" student loans? the ones in EU suck ass...
Hi, I'll be applying for RCAD this year. I'm a senior in high school right now. Though, I have a question, when would it be the best time to apply? (especially for scholarships?) I live in Louisiana so if Ringling has a portfolio day or a campus tour, I could probably make it. Ringling's CA looks like an awesome major and I would like to apply for it.
I'm currently setting up a portfolio and plan to work my as$ off. I also scored a 5 in AP drawing last year. Does that help in getting accepted?
Last edited by kedrew; August 23rd, 2008 at 01:30 PM.
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Last edited by kedrew; July 17th, 2009 at 01:22 AM.
The deadline for CA is January fifteenth or so. There is no advantage to submitting before then.
Originally Posted by kedrew
Yeah the faculty gather all of the CA portfolios and look at them at the same time on January, so if you're applying for CA you just need to get it in before then. Otherwise I believe Ringling has a rolling admissions, and the scholarship/financial aid deadline is sometime in March if I'm not mistaken.
Woot! If it didn't show up soon I was about to make this thread myself!
Yup I'm hopin to get in as an illustration major. I'm crammin in some direct observation as I speak. I'm also gonna hit up portfolio day on Nov 22. I hope all you guys get in! (not to mention me)
drawing from life is proving to be a real pain in the neck for me, since i cant get any models anywhere i have to rely on moving people or people on benches and stuff...apart from the fact that i dont have a "fast" technique so it usually comes out crap any suggestions?
"From life" includes still lives, landscapes, self-portraits, and the like, as well as figure studies.
Hello everyone I'm Jackie and I am a freshman Computer Animation student as of this week (classes start Monday, haha)! If anyone has any questions about the acceptance process or anything really, fire away. There are upperclassmen that post here as well (Hi Betsy!) and they're extremely helpful.
So welcome to ConceptArt's Ringling thread, your plethora of first-hand knowledge!
Oh and Scoop, like Meloncov said; "From Life" can be anything you see in.. well, life! It doesn't necessarily mean you have to do figure drawings. Trees, spoons, feet, cars, draw what you see!
thanks to both but i see so many figure drawings i started to panick because well, i cant really do any not because i cant draw them but because its kinda hard to find a company here in tokyo
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