We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Amy Fischer, during her visit to Delhi, and talk to her about Ringling College of Art and Design. Amy, the Associate Dean of Admissions at Ringling College of Art and Design, was kind enough to share some interesting insights about Ringling – here they are!

Ringling College of Art and Design

What are the most popular majors at Ringling?

We are known for incorporating technology into the creation of art. Our most popular majors are Computer Animation, Game Art & Design, and Illustration, all of which are heavily digital.


What is the most distinctive feature of the undergraduate experience at Ringling?

I would say it’s our new CoLab (short for Collaboratory) program. Our students are now guaranteed a real-world experience working with an actual client before they graduate. It’s a great opportunity for them to build their professional portfolios and resumes.


What are the most effective ways for students to learn about as well as show their interest in Ringling? 

We have not one, but three great websites. Our main site, www.ringling.edu, has comprehensive information. We also have a new microsite geared specifically to prospective students at www.whyringling.com. Finally, there’s a site that’s all about portfolios – what we like to see (and what we don’t), how to submit work, how to photograph work, and examples of portfolios we like. It takes the mystery out of the process. Of course, I’m happy to chat with students via email or Skype as well.


What is your favorite on-campus event of the year?

That’s a tough one. We have wonderful exhibitions of student artwork, which I just love to see, but I have to say my favorite event is International Student Orientation. It’s so much fun to welcome new international students to our community.


What support services or special opportunities are available for international students at Ringling?

Ringling has a full-time international student advisor who helps students navigate the visa application process and advises students on employment and tax regulations. She also provides support with adjusting to life in the US, academic advising, English language assistance, and study abroad opportunities. MOSAIC (Making Our School An International Community) is one of the most popular student organizations. Founded by international students, it fosters intercultural sharing and support through service and social events that are open to all students.