Bringing Creativity to Life
Ringling College Computer Animation students do it all. In our world renowned animation program, you will learn to create characters and tell their stories, as well as design, paint, model, texture, animate, light, composite, and edit original films.
Animation doesn’t mean moving objects. It means moving an audience. That’s why the Computer Animation major focuses on teaching students how to combine essential technical skills with conceptually original ideas that affect an audience emotionally, visually, and intellectually. That mix of talents is why animation studios from all over the world look to Ringling College for the best and the brightest, and why so many of our graduates go on to become tomorrow’s top animated filmmakers.
Please note: The deadline to apply for admission to the Department of Computer Animation is January 15 for the fall semester. There is also a non-binding Early Action deadline of November 1 for the Computer Animation major only.
Our Computer Animation students have won a total of 12 Student Academy Awards for thier senior thesis films – more than any other school!
Our senior thesis films win many awards and honors, such as being accepted into Siggraph’s famed Electronic Theater 31 times!
Our Computer Animation program is consistently ranked as one of the top programs in the US. Most recently it was ranked #1 in the South and #2 in the US by Animation Career Review and previously #1 by 3D World Magazine.
Turning Passion Into Profession
Opportunities for Computer Animation students
We are proud to say that every Ringling student, regardless of major, is guaranteed the opportunity to gain professional work experience. Our Collaboratory Commitment pairs teams of Ringling students with local businesses to give students a taste of real-world projects, expectations, and deadlines. Facilitated by Collaboratory staff, students will meet with clients looking for creative, unconventional solutions to their branding and design challenges and execute the entire creative process of concepting, presenting, and building campaigns that meet their demands.
Work with our Career Services Center to prepare and guide you to finding an internship focused on your area of interest – we are here to help! With networks around the region and the country, we help you gain exposure to professional best practices and practical application of your technical skills. We are constantly connecting with industry professionals to find new, exciting opportunities to put your skills to work and get a taste of real-world work demands.
Critiques with Industry Giants
To further inform the work of our fourth year students, we bring in renowned, successful visiting artists to participate in milestone critiques. Coming from the top studios, brands, and businesses in the industry, our artists offer a relevant, real-world perspective to bring student thinking out of the classroom into the professional arena. This process provides our students with invaluable feedback from the best of the best in the field, which they can immediately apply to their current works in process.