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Art Classes in Orlando with School and Program Summaries

There are at least nine schools near Orlando, FL, that have art courses and programs. Read an overview of the programs, requirements and admission info for three schools that are within 15 miles of the city and find out which school is the right one for you.

Orlando Schools with Art Programs

There are several schools offering art classes and programs in Orlando and its surrounding areas. This article profiles three schools that are within a half-hour of downtown and their art programs. Also included is a table of information that can help prospective students in deciding on a school. Near the end of the article is a brief listing of a few more Orlando-area schools with art classes.

  • Individuals looking for a private college near Orlando can find a bachelor's degree program as well as a minor option at Rollins College in Winter Park, about six miles from Orlando.
  • The University of Central Florida is a public university with continuing education classes and bachelor's and master's degree programs in various art disciplines. It is a little more than 15 miles from downtown Orlando.
  • Students who would rather start their college careers earning a 2-year degree can find an associate's degree program in art at Valencia College's East Campus, also located in Orlando, about nine miles from downtown.

Comparison of Schools

Students need to consider many factors when choosing a college, and the following table offers a quick way to see how these schools compare in several important areas.

Rollins College University of Central Florida Valencia College - East Campus
School Type Private, not-for-profit, 4-year university Public, 4-year university Public, 4-year college, primarily associate's
Total Enrollment 3,278 (2017)* 66,059 (2017)* Approximately 15,000 (2019)**
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Large city
Annual Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $48,335* $6,368 in-state, $22,467 out-of-state* $2,474 in-state, $9,383 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 91%* 87%* 75%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 64%* 50%* Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 83% full-time* 90% full-time* N/A*
Graduation Rate (students beginning in 2011) 75%* 70%* 41%*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Valencia College

Rollins College

The College of Arts and Sciences houses the Department of Art and Art History at Rollins College. This department contains programs in art history, studio art, classical studies and archeology. About 10 faculty members teach in this department.

Minor in Studio Art

Students minoring in studio art must complete six classes, three of which are required by all students pursuing this minor. These include an introductory art history course, a 2-D design class and a 3-D design class. Of the three remaining courses, one must be related to digital media.

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art

Before moving on to higher-level classes in a specific medium, students must take fundamental art courses. Some of these basic classes cover topics in art history, drawing, design and art theory. Students can take electives in areas such as photography, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, drawing, mixed media or book arts. In their senior years, students display a group exhibit at the campus' Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

University of Central Florida

Within UCF's Division of Continuing Education, students can take numerous credit and non-credit classes in a broad range of subjects, including art. The art degree programs are found in the College of Arts and Humanities' School of Visual Arts and Design.

Continuing Education Art Courses

Art classes are found in the life and leisure category. Many classes are offered online. Subjects may include photography, drawing, music or poetry.

Bachelor of Arts in Art, Studio Track

Before students can enroll in upper-level classes, they must pass a portfolio review course. Additionally, prerequisite courses in art history, design and drawing are required. Students in the studio track can further specialize in any three of the following areas: type and design, drawing and printmaking, painting, photography, ceramics, art history, book arts, illustration and/or sculpture.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, Studio Track

Students who plan to pursue a graduate degree in art may want to pursue this BFA program. This program is similar to the BA program in that students must take prerequisite courses and pass a portfolio review class before moving on to upper-level coursework. However, the BFA program requires more classes, and students focus their studies in one specialty area instead of three. BFA students must also complete an exhibit/seminar course and a senior portfolio to graduate.

Master of Fine Arts in Emerging Media, Studio Art and the Computer Track

Admission to this program requires students to have a bachelor's degree and to submit a portfolio. Students can learn to augment their artistic abilities using technology. This 3-year program requires a minimum of 66 credits, 51 of which are accumulated through required courses. The remainder of the coursework consists of nine credits of electives and a 6-credit thesis, which includes a digital presentation of the student's artwork.

Valencia College

Valencia College has several campuses around the greater Orlando area, including the East Campus where the Arts and Entertainment Division is located. Within this division are several departments, including one in art studio/fine art. About 13 faculty members teach classes in this department.

Associate in Arts in Art

This 60-credit degree program is designed for students who intend to transfer to a bachelor's program in art at a 4-year college or university. Some of the required courses include design, drawing and art history. Students also select electives, which may cover drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture and/or ceramics.

Other Schools

There are also several other schools within 50 miles of Orlando that offer art programs. Seminole State College of Florida in Sanford, which is about 15 miles from Orlando, has associate's programs in art. In DeLand, which is about 21 miles from Orlando, Stetson University allows students to take studio courses and major or minor in art. Lake-Sumter Community College in Leesburg, which is about 33 miles from Orlando, has an Associate of Arts in Art program.

About 40 miles from Orlando, Eastern Florida State College in Cocoa has an associate's degree program in art. Polk State College in Winter Haven is located about 42 miles from Orlando and offers an associate's degree program in digital media technology with a specialization in graphic design. Almost 50 miles from Orlando in Daytona Beach, Daytona State College offers a customizable associate's program that allows students to choose 24 credits of art-related courses.


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