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SARASOTA COUNTY, February 26, 2022 – Ringling College of Art and Design will offer a captivating summer workshop in sound design and engineering to students enrolled in the Booker High School Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Film & Animation Department.

The workshop, designed exclusively for Booker VPA students, will cover the art of sound in live action and animated films, utilizing state-of-the-art post-production equipment at Ringling College Studio Labs’ Soundstage and Post-Production Facilities. Exploration of the aural world of film will open new avenues for students pursuing higher education or careers in the field.

The program will start in Summer 2022 with the expectation of it continuing in perpetuity. The College is offering this unique opportunity free of charge to Booker students.

Booker Principal Dr. Rachel Shelley noted that the sessions will open new doors for students hoping to enter the entertainment industry.
“This fully aligns with Booker’s mission of college and career readiness, giving students more options for pursuing their dreams than they might have imagined. We couldn’t be more grateful for our partners at Ringling College,” Dr. Shelley said.

Ringling College of Art and Design President Dr. Larry Thompson said he’s excited to introduce the young cohort to the realm of sound design and engineering.

“Many high school students go through their entire educational experience without any exposure to the abundance of opportunities in creative careers. We feel so fortunate at Ringling College to have such incredible facilities in which we can help inspire the next generation of creative storytellers, and to continue to further enhance our close relationship with Booker High,” he said.

The sound design program will take place over two one-week sessions in June and will admit up to 15 Film & Animation students.

The College is also gifting Booker VPA students with scholarship opportunities, including, underwriting five Summer Teen Studio tuition fees, as well as one scholarship covering all Ringling PreCollege fees. These will be open for students interested in any of Ringling College’s 13 majors, from Film to Fine Arts to the Business of Art and Design.
The arrangement is made possible through the generosity of Ringling College of Art and Design and signals an even greater level of commitment in the longstanding relationship the two art schools have shared.

About Ringling College of Art and Design
Since 1931, Ringling College of Art and Design has cultivated the creative spirit in students from around the globe. The private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in eleven disciplines and the Bachelor of Arts in two. The College’s rigorous curriculum employs the studio model of teaching and immediately engages students through a comprehensive program that is both specific to the major of study and focused on the liberal arts. The Ringling College teaching model ultimately shapes students into highly employable and globally aware artists and designers. For more information, please visit

Booker High School’s Visual & Performing Arts program delivers pre-professional arts training in six disciplines: Dance, Film & Animation, Music, Production & Design, Theatre, and Fine Art. A magnet program in the Sarasota County Schools district, Booker VPA, has a rich 50-year history of providing access to quality arts education to any high school student in the area. Booker High School serves the largest population of underserved students in the district, as defined by economic and minority status. Admission into VPA is open to all through an application process. For more information, visit

Written by Administration Administration and published on June 6, 2022 in News & Updates.