Jacksonville, FL, Schools with Graphic Design Programs
A few schools in the Jacksonville, FL, area offer graphic design programs, but only one has a program specifically in graphic design production. This article looks at three of those schools, none more than 25 minutes from downtown, and at the programs they offer. There is also a table of information about these schools that could be useful to a prospective student. This table includes data concerning enrollment, tuition, graduation rates and acceptance rates. At the end of the article is a little information about one more area school with a relevant program.
- Florida State College at Jacksonville, located seven miles from downtown, offers a technical certificate, which is the area's only graphic design production-specific program.
- Out of all the schools in the area that offer graphic design training, Jacksonville University has the smallest class sizes, at one faculty member for every 13 students. This school, about six miles from downtown, offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with a graphic design concentration and a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts.
- The University of North Florida is almost 13 miles from downtown. It offers a bachelor's degree program in graphic design and digital media.
Comparison of Schools
The following table offers information about these three schools that prospective students need to know in order to find the school that's best for them.
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||Jacksonville University||University of North Florida|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||21,092*||4,222*||16,309*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$2,878 in-state; $9,992 out-of-state*||$35,260*||$6,394 in-state; $20,798 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||73%*||97%*||80%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admission||87%*||59%*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||N/A||71% full-time students; 71% part-time students*||81% for full-time students; 55% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2011)||35% (14% transfer-out rate)*||43%*||57% (9% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Graphic design training is offered by Florida State College at Jacksonville's School of Digital Media and Entertainment Technology. This school's graphic design production program is tasked with preparing students for entry-level careers upon completion.
Technical Certificate in Graphic Design Production
This program focuses on the integration of graphics, sound, text, animation and still images. Over the course of 24 credit hours, students take classes in typography, digital imaging, interactive design, print publishing and vector graphics. Credit hours earned during this program can be applied towards a related associate's degree program at a nearby school.
Jacksonville University's graphic design training is offered by the Department of Visual Arts. Students looking to enroll in this school's graphic design programs should note that their training can come from the classroom and internship opportunities. These programs also require students to develop and submit work portfolios.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with a Graphic Design Concentration
This program trains students in print-based design, electronic media, advertising, packaging and information design. Students can expect to complete courses in digital art, advanced graphic design concepts, web-based design and graphic design history. Additional required courses include typography, photography and photographic printmaking processes.
Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts
This is a 2-year program that focuses on developing skills related to the creative process. Students can apply their graphic design skills during courses in intermedia, contemporary practices, critical theory, process investigation, art history, pedagogy and practical methodology. Students can also receive 1-on-1 training with instructors. During the program, students participate in a 4-week residency that needs to be completed on campus.
University of North Florida
This school's graphic design program provides hands-on training in the classroom and through studio courses. Before students can graduate, they must assemble and submit a portfolio of their work.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Digital Media
Before starting this program, students need to complete prerequisite classes that include art history, 2-D and 3-D design, basic computer images and drawing. Once in the program, students need to pass courses in digital photography, corporate identity, business of graphic design, prepress production, motion graphics, illustration and publication design. This program also requires students to complete 24 credit hours of prerequisites and 42 credit hours of major requirements.
Other School Options
Another school to offer a graphic design program near Jacksonville, FL, is Flagler College in St. Augustine. The small, private school offers a bachelor's degree and a minor in graphic design.