Florida School of the Arts

Welcome to a world of possibilities.

Is thinking about a career making you wonder what avenue might best use your creative abilities? Can you envision one day being rewarded for what you naturally love to do? Is there a place that will allow you to explore your artistic potential without accumulating overwhelming debt?

The answer is yes, Florida School of the Arts.

Florida School of the Arts has been in existence for over 30 years. Graduates of our two-year programs have elected to finish their education at other four-year institutions, or they have entered directly into the workforce, well equipped to compete in their respective fields.

Society needs artists – not only to bring beauty into our lives, but also to imagine, invent, and create the civilization of tomorrow.

Submit Documentation Prior to your Audion/Portfolio Review Date

  • Artistic Resume - Write a resume of your artistic endeavors listing art classes and activities in which you have been involved and their dates. If you are self-taught, please indicate that.
  • Statement of Purpose - In a typed one to two-page essay outline your background, interests, short and long-term goals, and any other information providing insight into your education and artistic growth and achievements.
  • Reference Letters - You should have two letters of reference. Ideally, one letter should be from someone who knows you as a student; the other, from someone who can speak to your artistic development.
  • Transcripts - For the purposes of your audition or portfolio review, your transcripts may be unofficial. If you are accepted into a Florida School of the Arts program, St. Johns River State College will need all your official transcripts as part of your final application process.

These documents may be submitted by email to Dana Cotton at  .

You may also mail it to:
Florida School of the Arts
5001 St Johns Avenue
Palatka, FL 32177

Apply to SJR State

Once accepted into a program please fill out the St. Johns River State College Application*.

call: 386-312-4304
text: 386-312-7556

* Visit our SSN Web page for more information regarding the College's use of Social Security Numbers.

FloArts Scholarship Information

Each potential student is evaluated for a Florida School of the Arts Scholarship at the time of their audition or portfolio review. This happens automatically without a particular scholarship application. We make our initial scholarship offers each year after the February audition date. There are never as many Florida School of the Arts Scholarships as there are talented and deserving students, so here are a few tips:

  • For eligibility schedule your audition or portfolio review for September/October or February.
  • Be prepared with all requested paperwork.
  • Be prepared with artwork or audition materials that show the best of who you currently are as an artist.
  • Also apply for the scholarships offered by St. Johns River State College.
  • Students who do not receive a Florida School of the Arts Scholarship for their first semester, may pick up an application in the FloArts office to be considered for future semesters.


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