Disney World is possibly the animation capital of the world, and for this reason, it is unsurprising that there are many art colleges in the state of Florida. The following Florida schools offer art programs combined with Christian foundations and faith-based activities.
While there are colleges in Florida that offer art programs and have faith-based organizations, these colleges are actually affiliated with Christian denominations. This table looks at the tuition for schools that offer art programs throughout the state.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Southeastern University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Assemblies of God Church||Lakeland, FL||$25,350|
|Pensacola Christian College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Pensacola, FL||$6,174**|
|Palm Beach Atlantic University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||West Palm Beach, FL||$29,950|
|Eckerd College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Presbyterian Church (USA)||St. Petersburg, FL||$43,044|
|Barry University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Miami, FL||$29,850|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), **School Website
Christian Colleges with Art Programs
Art encompasses many media, and for this reason many of the colleges listed here cover a variety of art topics, from art history and sculpture to graphic design. The following colleges all center their education around Christian principles.
The College of Arts and Media at Southeastern University (SEU) has 20 degree programs. Of those, visual arts, digital media & design, film production, and graphic design are the most likely to interest art students. Students can expect to complete general education and elective courses along with major core courses. Depending on the major you chose, you may be expected to complete a senior capstone project that will showcase all the skills you learned. Along with mission opportunities and services, SEU holds an annual spiritual conference with guest speakers and worship teams. The Connect mentoring program team faculty and students up for one-on-one meetings. During these meetings, the entire campus stops for one hour a week.
Pensacola Christian College
Accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Pensacola Christian College offers a Bachelor of Science in Visual Arts and four different master's degree programs in studio art and graphic design. On campus, chapel meets four times per week to provide students the opportunity to grow spiritually and listen to guest speakers. Chapel is required for full-time students. As an economic option, those who are full-time students that live on campus for eight consecutive semesters, may be eligible for their fourth year tuition-free. All costs for room and board are also covered.
Palm Beach Atlantic University
At the School of Music & Fine Arts at Palm Beach Atlantic (PBA) University, students can focus their art degree in three areas: graphic arts, art education, or studio art. Some of the courses offered in the studio art concentration include ceramics, sculpture, painting, digital art, and art history. Students can feel comfortable with one-on-one face time with professors because of the small class size average of 19. As with many Christian colleges, PBA has a worship attendance requirement for graduation. The DeSantis Family Chapel holds four services per week to help meet this requirement.
Eckerd College is located in St. Petersburg, Florida. Eckerd knows that visual arts can take many different forms. They have opportunities to study everything from ceramics and sculpture to film-making and photography. Since art is a very subjective and personal genre, Eckerd encourages students to major in whichever medium they want, even creating their own art concentration and program. A couple of popular art classes focus on new genre art and experimental film and video. Eckerd encourages self-motivation, providing 24/7 access to 15 semi-private studios, where students can go to work on their projects. At the end of the four years, students will put together an exhibition of their work.
Barry University offers both Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in art programs. The graphic design program is only available as a BFA, while the art history is only available as a BA. The studio art program is available as either a BFA or BA. Depending on your personal goals for where you want your degree to take you, you can decide between the two. While the BFA tends to be considered more prestigious because of the skill-focused classes, the BA works for those who want a more generalized education or want to double major. Though a Catholic college, Barry does have multi-faith services, and faith-based programs and events are held monthly.