SCF and Ringling College of Art and Design Partner on Bachelor’s Degree

The SCF-RCAD articulation agreement, effective this academic year, allows SCF graduates of the A.A. degree with an emphasis in studio art to be accepted into RCAD’s B.F.A. in Fine Arts Degree Program, which provides a range of knowledge, skills, and competencies expected of graduates interested in becoming professional artists.

“We provide our students with a strong foundation in the arts to prepare them to attend the best art schools in the country. SCF’s new partnership with RCAD is an example of an additional opportunity for students to earn a degree from a prestigious art school and excel as professionals in the highly competitive art world,” said Jamie Tracy, SCF assistant professor and program manager of studio arts, who initiated the A.A. to B.F.A. in Fine Arts Program with RCAD.

In addition to SCF’s general education requirements for the A.A. degree, SCF students must complete core courses in art history, drawing and design and choose nine credits to fulfill requirements for a specialization in either two-dimensional or three-dimensional studio art. Students also must meet other criteria outlined in the articulation agreement.

“We are excited about this articulation agreement that represents the visions of both institutions to enhance students’ educational experience by offering a seamless transition from the associate level to the bachelor’s level,” said Andrew Webster, professor and department chair of art, design, humanities at SCF.

According to Robert Farber, RCAD interim fine arts department head, the collaboration with SCF “will provide local Florida students with substantial financial and professional advantages with respect to achieving their professional goals. Without the program, those students may not have had the resources necessary to attend Ringling College of Art and Design.”

In developing this partnership with SCF, Ringling College’s fine arts department faculty felt strongly about providing a pathway for local Florida high school students to realize their professional goals and attain a B.F.A. in Fine Arts at RCAD. The 2+2 articulation agreement provides access and opportunity for eligible Florida students who want to pursue professional program(s) but may not have the financial resources necessary to attend RCAD for four years.

For more information, contact Jamie Tracy at SCF, 941-752-5588, or Christine Meeker Lange at RCAD, 941-302-2769.

About SCF

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, est. 1957, is the region’s first and largest public college with 40,000 graduates. With a core commitment to open access and quality education at the two-year level, SCF’s expanded mission also includes workforce baccalaureate degrees and a collegiate school. SCF’s annual enrollment is 30,000 credit students with an additional 25,000 participants in professional development and enrichment classes at campuses in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Venice and eCampus.

About Ringling College

Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 13 disciplines: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Digital Film-making, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic & Interactive Communication, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking, and Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Business of Art & Design. Located in Sarasota on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus now includes more than 100 buildings, and enrolls 1,368 students from 42 states and 53 countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts.