Smart, creative, fearless
At Jacksonville University we recruit the best and the brightest from all 50 states and around the world. We remove traditional barriers and encourage students to customize their education. And we teach you not to fear limitations but hurdle them, learn from them, and never look back.
Whether you’re an aspiring visual artists or a performer, Jacksonville University is the place for you. Located in a major metropolitan area with hundreds of large employers, including Fortune 500 companies and exciting arts and entertainment venues, JU welcomes innovative, creative, career-minded students, regardless of class level, from around the world.
Whether you began your journey into the world of the arts prior to choosing a university or not, we provide the same commitment to academic excellence, opportunities for leadership and service, access to full-service career mentoring, and unprecedented opportunities for exhibition and stage performance.
At JU we offer the opportunity to work toward a degree in more than 70 majors and programs. As a member of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, we hold nine prestigious accreditations. Our College of Fine Arts offers BA and BFA degrees with majors in Studio Art, Film, and Animation, as well as a highly regarded graduate program in Visual Art. Concentrations may include Art History, Ceramics, Glass, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, or Sculpture.
Learn from the best
At JU the strength of our programs is the natural result of having nationally recognized faculty, some of whom have been honored by such organizations as the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Pew National Fellowship Program, the Fulbright Scholarship Program, and the American Council on Education. As a student of our approximately 200 faculty, renowned thought leaders, and published scholars, you will remain their top priority. They go above and beyond to inspire, empower, and challenge you. The College of Fine Arts ensures that every student receives the instruction and guidance needed to realize his or her full artistic and intellectual potential.
Not only is JU a premier, private institution located in sunny, northeast Florida and minutes from downtown Jacksonville, we are also a short drive from the ocean. Forbes named Jacksonville among the Top 10 Best Cities for finding employment, Business Insider ranked Jacksonville #16 in its 24 Best Places to Live in the South, and Convention South magazine dubbed our city #4 in the South’s Top 10 Music Spots for Meetings & Events and Best City for Culture. A metropolitan hub, our river city consists of unique residential communities, restaurants, arts and culture venues, and countless entertainment options. Our city is also home to the largest urban park system in the nation, offering year-round recreational activities and natural landscapes and waterways that inspire.
Recognized as a top value and ROI university
An investment in a degree from Jacksonville University is a smart one. According to the three major rankings on college return on investment (ROI), JU is placed among the top 10% of all public and private colleges and universities nationwide (The Economist, Payscale.com, US Department of Education College Scorecard). We work closely with students to provide both education and real-world experiences that markets most demand, equipping our graduates for long-term value. Collaboration, the latest technology and equipment, a vibrant campus community, and study abroad opportunities—as a JU artist, you will receive maximum return on your investment and enter the global market with vital industry connections.
From class to venue
Located on 250 acres of exquisite riverfront land, our campus overlooks the downtown skyline, a constant reminder of JU’s mission to continually meet the needs of our students who will become future industry leaders, community champions, innovators, and employers. Small class sizes, personalized attention, and a performance lifestyle are all leveraged to bring the student artist or performer maximum creation and exhibition time. At other universities you will wait in a long queue of creators, competing for one moment in the limelight—a moment that may not come until late in your college career. Not at JU. Engagement, visibility, and versatility are priorities, and we want you on stage, in the gallery, and on the screen early and often.
As a smaller private university, we know a little about limitations. But when it comes to our students—to developing the smart, creative, and fearless—there are no limitations. Challenges? Certainly, but we foster an atmosphere where you can ask “what if?” and “why not?” which may lead you to extraordinary places.