When I applied, my portfolio was no better or worse (though probably worse) than many of those applying in this thread. I took my education seriously, learned all that I could from my teachers and my peers, and spent my time wisely. It's yielded results - I now work in the industry with several other fellow graduates. But to be sure, there are certainly people I graduated with that no longer pursue art or never got a job in their industry. A lot of this had to do with their dedication in school and the portfolio they graduated with not being tailored and ready to go.
The education at Ringling is there. It's up to the students to make it happen. So while there could be reviews that say Ringling overaccepts and does so on money over merit, or whatever else excuses people have said, what it comes down to is that the education is what you make of it. Do you slack off or commit yourself? Do you pull as much knowledge that you can from those around you or spend your time less economically? Do you blame the school for your own shortcomings or take ownership of your education?
I'm not a Ringling employee or anything like that, I just had a very wonderful experience there and have seen the investment in my college and education returned ten fold, in both my developed skills as well as friendships and connections made from my time there. It's ultimately up to you to achieve the potential of your education, Ringling or not.
I don't think it's unethical, it is a good way, even if it is a bit sneaky, to make money and they are giving people a chance. I was just curious if there was some truth to it was all, means I just need to step up my game is all. I also wanted to make sure Ringling wasn't one of those schools that just takes your money and leaves you out to dry without teaching you much of anything. Since I know schools that are known to guzzle up money are like that. Like Full Sail or DMAC or any of AIs, any of those diploma mills schools. I'm totally for the weeding out system. If you don't work for your right to stay and learn then you have no business being at Ringling to begin with.
Ahaha nice. W00t for fellow Jersians! Luck you, though, the weather does really suck up here. It's been rainy and cold. I also really hate the cold. I'm a tiny person and enjoy the heat and sun my self. I also love to swim, which is difficult unless you live by the jersey shore but even then it's too cold to swim half the time unless it's in the summer. It sucks.
I'm a tiny person lol I don't know how you tolerate the cold, even in my cold (probably like 75 degrees or so) classrooms I start hibernating lmfao I'm so ill-adjusted to the cold, I think my body has come to learn that when it's cold, it's time to sleep and get as warm as possible.
And I've known many people who enrolled in an AI or another- I still don't know a person yet who stuck through it, because they all say the education was lacking. I have heard similar stories about Fullsail- of course you get what you put in, but some schools are a lot harder to "put in" than others. No offense to anyone who might be looking at those school- just be REALLY careful.
And I don't know that it's being tiny that does it; I think some people are just meant for the cold and some are not. I'm about 6 foot (6'2 if you count the hair), 180 lbs (sometimes 175 depending on the scale), and I've never been "small". This doesn't change the fact that I wear gloves when it drops down to 65, and tend to shiver if I'm not wearing at least a sweater and jacket. I rarely use AC, except when I'm trying to sleep, and that only goes down to my comfortable sleep temp of 75-80 (and then I still bundle under a blanket). It actually feels good to me to get into a stifling hot car that has been sitting in the sun.
I have a hard time waking up if it's cloudy much less cold.
I mean can I take the cold? sure- maybe better than some- But do I like the cold? HELL NO. cold sucks. it hurts and I don't like it- and though I morn the loss of the environment, a part of me sadly cheers for global warming. People who like the cold- I seriously don't get them. most I've talked to seem to be heavy set, or just like the going from the cold into the warm, or drinking something hot while being cold. to me, they like being warm, but just don't realize it. It makes no sense otherwise. Some have said they hate to sweat- but again I don't get that.... I actually kind of like sweating (except for the smell).
Maybe I'm just tiny at heart.
I do miss living along the shore though- Being around the corner from the beach is wonderful. So I look forward to being in Sarasota where the water is just a hop away- I've visited clearwater once, and the water there was beautiful, so if the beaches in Sarasota are the same- I don't think I'll ever long for the murky green sewer water i used to call the beach again. lol. Nothing like hitting the beach at 4 am with a group of friends (clothing optional)- or spending a hot afternoon cooling down in water, tanning on the baking sand (Clothing mandatory). Nostalgia.
Just want to jump into the whole weather conversation...Coming from Texas, I get the feeling like things wouldn't change much for me. I mean, where I'm from, it rarely gets below 40, except in the middle of the night, so warm winters in Florida wouldn't be a big change. Honestly, I wish I could be somewhere were the changing of seasons actually happened. It just bugs me when they call it winter and it's 80 degrees. Really? 80 degrees is summer, not winter. But anyways, I don't know how body size can really be taken into account, as I'm short (5'5) and have a bit of a weight problem and I don't like cold weather much at all.
I'm from Texas too! (Houston)
For the last two or so years we've had a terrible dry spell, so you might be right in Florida getting more rain anomalexie. We get rain sure (it actually just poured yesterday lol) but not as much as we need It's incredibly sad to see a bunch of dead trees and plants everywhere. Like, there used to be this one field of sunflowers I used to love driving by, and it's pretty much all gone now. So, the heat won't bother me, I'm pretty used to the triple digits and I actually love being out in the sun. I've never even seen snow so I'm sure I'm more bothered by the cold in comparison to others lol
Ohrii and I are both from Texas! (I'm from the Austin area!)
There's a lot of Texans here, surprisingly. xD We seem to attract each other.
Anyone have a rough estimate on how much more expensive single dorms are compared to doubles?
Also, about the weather in Florida - I've lived here all my life and I'm still not used to it. It gets REALLY bipolar starting around November, sometimes October, from extreme heat to cold to rain etc. But I think I like it better than somewhere that gets really cold in the winter anyways.
Texas is the second largest contributor of students at Ringling, second only to Florida. They very heavily recruit from this area as well. If any of you went to the National Portfolio Day in Dallas, I was at the Ringling booth reviewing portfolios.
Hey folks! I'm a bit late to the party but I'm a freshman CA at Ringling - I was in last year's hopefuls thread so I can definitely empathize with the wait, so hang tight They've been keeping us pretty busy at Ringling so I only got to skim through the posts here. Looks like a few other current students are already in here helping out, but I'd be happy jump in if you guys had any more questions from another student.
It's a little bit ahead of time, but I also run late night drawing challenges over Skype when we get school breaks. A lot of my fellow classmates and even some friends from CalArts and I got to draw together that way before school started. I definitely wouldn't mind hosting a special session later on before the semester ends - it'd be a nice way to draw with a combo of current students and the next batch of incoming freshmen :]
Aw nuts...Apparently I got an email from Ringling today stating that they haven't gotten my letter of recommendation...And that I've got until February 8 for them to review the application. But I don't get it...My teacher told me that he had sent it off a week before deadline, so they should have gotten it by now. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO!!!
@JAndrews: I'm in the same boat as you. The person who sent you the email should be your admissions counselor, at least mine was. I would email him back asking what to do. My counselor told me to get my professor to email him the letter instead of admissions so he could stick it in my file. Also, I would contact your teacher about the situation since they are probably going to have to resend the letter. And most importantly, calm down, freaking out isn't going to help. You've still got time to set things right.
@anomalexie: Oh yeah, I always make sure the college is accredited. It's why I avoided all the ones I listed. Thing is not all accredited colleges are good. SCAD and Academy of Art are both accredited and I've read so many horrible reviews about the two schools. About how they are diploma mills and accept everyone and just want your money and that the education is just horrible. So yeah I'm always weary when I hear negative reviews especially problems that multiple times one different reviews. Though I'm also aware that sometimes people are just butthurt about schools not being how they wanted it. I see so many stupid reviews whining about how there isn't much night life or parties and stuff. And I really wonder if half of these people actually researched the area before applying. But yeah I agree that Ringling is pretty good in that area, I'm just paranoid. I know a lot of people that went to crummy art schools and regretted it horribly due to the lack of good edjucation they received.
@themegagod: What I meant by tiny was someone that doesn't have much fat on them. I'm pretty sure it's a proven fact that heavier people can handle the cold better than smaller people. But as you said just because you can handle it doesn't mean you like it. I can't handle it and I just hate it....I get cold way to easily and then everything on me either hurts or itches and it sucks. Which is why I want to move some place warmer. lol.
@KyleDrawer11: I would not mind joining one of those late night online drawing classes. That sounds like a lot of fun!
Last edited by steampoweredseagoat; January 31st, 2013 at 06:56 PM.
Kyle go home.
But yeah, another skype drawing session would be cool. Especially with all these fresh faces haha
oh I guess i should put up my art blogg too??
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I should show everyone my great creations from those midnight skype challenges. Let me find them all.
The last one is probably my best work.
All jokes aside here's my unprofessional blogspot since I forgot to link my shitty art on here (spoiler: It's anime and furries)
(just kidding, Kyle is...okay)
Woo Texas representation wut wut
Yeah, the first place I looked for an art school was within the state and then...was sadly disappointed.
Kyle, I love your character designs and the Vday animation!
Ohrii, awesome work! I LOVE the goldfish and girl illustration and the nun character. Reminds me I need to finally do something with one that I have haha
Diehasen, you made me snort. Fo' shame! Also, lovely work on those chess pieces o0o also, like the canines and creatures
the late night drawing session sounds beyond fun! Nothing beats creative energy and crazy shenanigans
Thanks man! TEXAS!
ohrii and diehasen: I know we joke around all the time, but this is an online forum full of prospective students who likely won't understand or misinterpret the context of it. Let's keep things nice here.
But alright, I won't prod at you~
and thanks Escaphilia! I try to keep the humor lively (;
ANYWAY, for the rest of you - Are you guys all pretty set on Ringling or were their any other schools you were considering too? (:
Last edited by Diehasen; February 1st, 2013 at 08:46 AM.
After ringling I think CCA or SVA are my top choices. Personally though, I would like to be somewhere warm if I can be. I've lived in Michigan my whole life and hate the cold.
I caught the joking, but I guess through text speak, sarcasm/ joking can often be misconstrued.
Really Ringling has been my only choice for awhile. I told myself if I didn't get in this year, that I would apply to other schools, even state schools, but I got in so early that I didn't even have time t find the other schools I'd be looking to go to!
I was thinking I would send an application to SVA, CalArts, SCAD, possibly sheridian. But with all of these, I don't like the cold, and california is expensive and really far away. My initial program of interest was animation, before I found out about Game art, so I figured if I didn't get into game art I would Find schools that either have good animation programs or game art programs- but game art programs seem few and far between.
No other school has given me that tingly feeling when I see their student gallery like Ringling has.
Hahah I know kyle, ohrii and diehasen for some time. I am glad to understand when they joke although I haven't met them before.
Well, Ringling is my top choice. I am gonna apply for Art Center to see if i receive the large scholarship. I have entertained some thoughts about SCAD. I can only go if i get scholarships. I know the chances of international student scholarships is limited but I don't give up on my hope. Wish me all the best so yeah!