Overview of online, in-person, and hybrid course delivery models, and our commitment to providing the highest standard of education. 


Deferring Acceptance 

We hold acceptances for one year in all programs except for Computer Animation. If you received a merit scholarship, you would be able to retain that award for one year, unless you are a Computer Animation or a United World College (UWC) student. You would not retain the Presidential Scholarship were you awarded one, as they are competed for annually.

Students will need to fill out a new Common Application for 2021, which went live on September 1, 2020. They can, but do not have to, submit a new portfolio. A new recommendation letter is not needed. If students attend another institution in the 2020-2021 academic year, the GPA of that semester could jeopardize their admission if it is below a 2.0. Additionally, students who attend another institution in the 2020-21 academic year would re-apply as a transfer student on a new Common Application and would need to submit the transcript from the college they attended as part of the new application. Please contact Admissions ( for more information.

Gap Year

If you are considering taking a gap year for the 2021-22 academic year, please contact your Advisor ( as soon as possible to discuss the implications to your course map and degree completion timeline. Our sequenced curriculum can make it difficult to take a gap semester. Your Advisor can help you understand the best options for your particular situation.

Academic Calendar

Spring semester classes will begin on Monday, January 25, 2021. Classes will end on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Delaying the start of Spring term by two weeks allows us to monitor the region’s COVID-19 situation and ensures that our students traveling from international locations have sufficient time to quarantine in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.


The typical March break will be canceled, with Focus Days (no classes) taking place on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, March 8-10, 2021. These Focus Days are intended for you to focus on yourself and your projects, as needed. We understand the importance of such a break at the midpoint of the semester, but we must also stay strong in our efforts to maintain the health of our entire campus community. For this reason, we STRONGLY discourage you from traveling over these days. The full 2020-21 academic calendar is available online.


Course Delivery

Ringling College will continue to deliver instruction for the Spring 2021 semester with in-person, hybrid, and online modalities. Safety protocols will continue to be in place to mitigate the risk of infection for our students, faculty, and staff. The selection of course delivery methods are governed by the same guiding principles that steered us for the Fall: Maintaining the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty; ensuring academic excellence; and providing institutional continuity.


In general, in-person course delivery most fully reflects our institutional values of experiential learning, community building, and immersive experiences. Our hybrid modality will be used for courses in which learning outcomes can best be achieved as a blend of online with some face-to-face experiences.


Online delivery is a strong pedagogical approach for certain courses that allows students to meet learning outcomes while providing optimal experiences. To decide under which modality courses will be delivered, we consider whether the modality supports achievement of the course learning outcomes and any unique facilities needs the course may require. These assessments are currently underway, though we have determined that we will once again be able to meet the course learning objectives for our Liberal Arts and Art History courses through online delivery for Spring semester. We have provided brief explanations of each instructional delivery type below.


Instructional Delivery Modalities for Spring Semester 2021: A continuation of Fall Semester.


In-Person: Class meets in-person as usual. These classes may utilize two rooms to spread students out to achieve physical distancing.

In-Person with Remote Teaching: Class meets in-person as usual with the instructor in another location appearing on-screen. These classes may utilize two rooms to spread students out to achieve physical distancing. Opportunities for students to occasionally connect in person with faculty will occur. (These classes typically have special high-end computing and software needs.)

Hybrid: Class has an assigned room and the instruction will take place with a combination of in-person meetings and online sessions.

Online (Liberal Arts and Art History): Class meets solely online. Both synchronous format during the assigned time and asynchronous delivery are possible. No room will be assigned.

Online (Studio): Class meets online primarily and may have several in-person meetings scheduled as needed. No room will be assigned.

Course Listing for Spring 2021

This document lists every Spring semester course along with the teaching modality as described above. These listings may change before the Spring semester starts as departments finalize teaching plans and in response to COVID-19 circumstances. These listings may change before the Spring 2021 semester starts as departments finalize teaching plans and in response to COVID-19 circumstances. The last column on the right indicates if a course can be taken by an online student. If that column indicates a NO, then that course is one that must be attended in-person and students designated as online cannot enroll.

Choosing the Remote Learning Option for Spring 2021

Students who are learning remotely in Fall 2020 and wish to continue doing so in Spring 2021 do not need to do anything. Students who are learning in-person in Fall 2020 and wish to transition to remote learning for Spring 2021 should contact as soon as possible. 

Students learning remotely have remote access to the College’s hardware and software, the Library’s resources, certain Health Services offerings (please contact for specific information), Student Services, Career Services, and virtual Student Life programming. 

Signing up for Spring Housing

For questions about housing, please contact Residence Life at

Online courses are taught by the same professional faculty that teach them each semester. Faculty with online courses planned for the Spring semester are designing their courses to meet the level of excellence expected of a Ringling College education. They are planning their lessons to be effective in achieving the course learning outcomes while providing opportunities for engagement and interaction.


We utilize Canvas, with Zoom, to help manage and optimize the online learning environment. Through our robust remote access protocol, students will be able to have access 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the software and hardware they need for their course projects. Academic Affairs is working alongside Institutional Technology (IT) to ensure our online learning experience is optimal. Tech support is an important component – please visit for a listing of resources available to students.


Grading and Attendance Policy

Amended Attendance Policy: Fall 2020 & Spring 2021

If you are attending a course via Zoom, you are required to have your videocam on at all times, and your audio on when appropriate. As expected when attending a course in-person, you must be engaged, showing your entire face, and actively participating as appropriate during the scheduled class time. Students may wish to utilize an appropriate virtual background.

Amended Grading Policy: Fall 2020 & Spring 2021

Upon consultation with the department heads and program director/coordinators, the College has decided that given the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, students should have the benefit of No Credit should their final grade be "F." Letter grading (A to D-) will be the default practice for students that earn a passing grade. Under this amended grading system, a letter grade of A through D- will remain; a letter grade of F will be entered No Credit. Grades of No Credit are not passing grades, and will not affect GPA calculations. Students with additional questions, and how it may affect probation and dismissal status, may also consult with their academic advisor.


Academic Advising

If you have questions about Spring registration, your course plans, or any other academic issue, please reach out to


College-issued Tech and Support

Pen-display notebooks for first-year residential students were delivered to their room assignments prior to check-in. First-year commuter students received notification from IT that their notebooks were available for pick-up prior to the start of the semester. First-year international students residing in North America were mailed their pen-display notebooks, while other international students who could not gain visas or were not able to travel to the U.S. due to a travel ban were notified by Admissions about alternative ways to obtain suitable notebook technologies.

Pen-display notebooks loaded with the necessary software for first-year students choosing to learn online and live off-campus were delivered to their current addresses, if within North America, prior to the start of classes. Students living outside North America were notified by Admissions about alternative ways to obtain suitable notebook technologies.


Instructional Continuity

Participating in Classes while in Quarantine or Isolation

Plans are currently underway to enable some students to continue their studies via remote delivery. Exact experiences will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Our plans include remote access to all computer labs from both on- and off-campus locations to all computer labs so that students will be able to access the software utilized by our different degree programs.

Instructional Continuity in the Face of Campus Closure

Our increased safety protocols are intended to reduce the risk of an outbreak on campus, and plans are in place to respond should there be an increased number of infections within the campus community. We are also working closely with Sarasota Memorial Hospital and the Sarasota County Department of Health. However, we also realize that even with established safety measures, we cannot guarantee that an outbreak that could possibly overwhelm our structure would not occur. If that were the case, a move to online instruction is likely.