October 9, 2015 –Sarasota, FL — Ringling College of Art and Design today announced the opening for entries of the third annual Ringling College Creative Awards Competition for 9th through 12th grade high school students in the United States. The 2016 competition is based around developing a concept for a theme park attraction or museum exhibition based on a movie, book, song or original idea. Universal Orlando Resort and Wacom are corporate partners in this year’s competition.
Students can submit either a creative entry, which comprises an illustration or digital media entry (photo, video, digital drawing, etc.) supported by a 50 to 100 word written description; or a written entry, which entails a written essay, poem, haiku, song lyrics or other entry of up to 500 words.
To participate, entries can be submitted directly by students, teachers or by parents/legal guardians using the online entry form at http://ringlingcreativeawards.info/enter/.
The entry deadline is November 24, 2015 and winners will be announced on February 1, 2016. Public voting for the ‘My Choice Award’ is from November 25 through December 2. Contestants will be judged in each grade range, 9 through 12, for each of the two contest entry categories – creative and written. The Creative Awards are a skills-based contest and no purchase is necessary to enter. Contest rules, FAQ, student and teacher resources and information are available at www.ringlingcreativeawards.info.
“We designed the Ringling College Creative Awards to help drive creative process exploration for high school students and to motivate developing their ability to communicate through a variety of media,” said Ringling College of Art and Design president Dr. Larry R. Thompson. “There is little doubt that the ability to communicate effectively will play a significant role in their success in college and beyond. We believe that this years’ theme – ‘Theme Park Attraction or Museum Exhibition’ – will result in some very inspiring and exceptional ideas and we are excited to see what these kids come up with.”
Prizes include all-expense paid trips to Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota and to Universal Orlando® Resort for the top entry in each of the two contest categories from the 9-12 grade range as well as a Ringling College Summer PreCollege Student Scholarship to the top overall entry. Other prizes include a Wacom Cintiq Companion Tablet, sixteen $100 Gift Cards and a $250 gift card for the My Choice Award. Teacher prizes include scholarships and travel to Ringling College’s Summer Teacher Institute.
The PreCollege Program at Ringling College of Art and Design offers talented high school students a chance to live the art school experience and take on the rigors of a college-level visual arts curriculum. Students from around the world come together to study the arts in a four-week intensive, residential program while earning college credit. They live together, learn together, and experience a summer of discovery, growth and exploration.
About Ringling College of Art and Design
Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering Bachelors of Fine Arts degrees in 11 disciplines: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Film, Fine Arts, Game Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Photography & Imaging, Creative Writing (pending SACSOC approval) and Bachelor of Arts degrees in two disciplines – Business of Art & Design and Critical and Visual Studies. Located in Sarasota on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus now includes more than 110 buildings, and enrolls nearly 1,300 students from 44 states and 54 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. Visit the Ringling College website, or follow Ringling College on Facebook and Twitter for more news and information.