Welcome to Florida School of the Arts!

Alain Hentchel

Alain Hentschel
Dean, Florida School of the Arts

The challenges of finding one’s way in the world today are no more or less intimidating that it was for young people at any time in history.  One could even say that there are more varied possibilities than there were in the agricultural or industrial ages.  The main difference is that today the one ingredient that was not so much in demand in eras past is the one that is crucial to success in the future:  CREATIVITY.

At Florida School of the Arts, the complete integration of technical skills and creative problem solving is at the heart of what we do on a daily basis.  As we move from more traditional labor-based tasks to a more automated, computerized world, the workforce least vulnerable to obsolescence is the one employed in the creative sector.

Our mission at Florida School of the Art is to help our students succeed in their chosen career.  The faculty and staff at FloArts are dedicated to helping each student find their full potential.  I encourage all young artists to consider the opportunities afforded by a creative career.  Let us help you explore the meaning of a creative career.  Let us help you create your future.

Alain Hentschel, Dean


St. Johns River State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of St. Johns River State College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling 404-679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

St. Johns River State College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Our Story

Our Story

Florida School of the Arts was, from its inception, design to be an intimate setting where the student received close and individual attention. Our top priority is your success. With a staff of dedicated, professional faculty we focus on your needs, building upon your strength, helping you grow beyond your present limitations. Life in the creative arts is filled with challenges but can be rewarding beyond your imagination.

Let us help you realize your dreams. Create your future at the Florida School of the Arts.

Our Facilities

Our Facilities

Located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College, the newly renovated Florida School of the Arts performing arts facilities includes a 480-seat auditorium fully equipped scene and costume shops, a music theory lab, two dance studios, a stage management lab, and a studio theater.  In the visual arts, the school includes a fine art gallery, painting studio, photography studio, darkroom facilities, printmaking studio, a 3D lab which includes woodworking, welding, and ceramics capabilities, and also a full outfitted Mac computer lab.

Our Location

Our Location

You’ll find our campus rooted in what can only be described as “old Florida.” There are picturesque scenes of vintage architecture with tall palms and oak trees festooned with hanging Spanish moss along one of the most magical rivers in the United States. Running north for hundreds of miles (contrary to the common behavior of most rivers in the US), its vistas are impressive; providing a home to a richness of species of flora and fauna. The Florida School of the Arts is a place for total immersion, not in the waters of the St. Johns River, but in the artistic discipline of your calling.