School of Arts, Entertainment, and Design

At Valencia College School of Arts, Entertainment, and Design, you learn alongside students who share your interests in an environment that fosters creativity. Here, one student’s success ignites another’s drive to excel. One artist’s creativity fuels another’s imagination. One director’s vision is realized in an actor’s best role. As college freshmen and sophomores, our students get all the opportunities that are usually reserved for upper classmen at universities. With an ever-expanding array of resources, opportunities and experiences, you’ll know that you’ve come to the right place: a place created for creativity with paths in place toward careers in arts business, arts education, production and more.


Valencia College School of Arts, Entertainment, and Design’s programs offer you ample opportunities to hone your talents while earning an associate degree. If you’re a performer or a visual artist, you can earn an Associate in Arts. If you’re the next Spielberg, you can attend what he has called, “one of the best film schools in the country.” If you’re a tech whiz interested in controlling and designing sound, lighting and more, you can earn an Associate in Science degree. Either way, you’ll learn from industry professionals in the heart of one of the nation’s top entertainment destinations.

Associate in Art Degree Pathways

Meet with a Valencia College advisor to determine a Degree Pathway that will prepare you to transfer to a Florida public university as a junior majoring in:

Associate in Science

An A.S. degree can be earned in as little as two years. Coursework includes general education requirements. Programs include:

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Why Valencia College

In addition to the quality of education you receive at Valencia College, this program also saves you money. An associate degree from Valencia College — the most affordable state college in Central Florida — will cost you about half of what you’d pay at a public university. You may also be eligible for scholarships and other forms of financial aid.

You can complete one of our degree programs in as little as two years. From there, you can enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year school to earn a bachelor’s degree. With an associate degree from Valencia College, you are guaranteed admission to one of Florida’s 12 state universities. If you want to stay local, enroll in a Valencia College bachelor's degree program, or get direct admission to the University of Central Florida through DirectConnect to UCF®.

Arts Season

Valencia College arts events – theater, dance, film, music, visual arts, humanities and more.

Why Orlando

With Walt Disney World Resort®, Universal Studios® and more, the Orlando area is home to some of the world’s greatest entertainment companies and nurtures a thriving fine art community. Add digital media firms that lead innovation and an active professional theatre scene within easy reach, and it’s easy for students find ample inspiration in this thriving community. Many end up working in the industry right here, while others branch out. Our grads can be found on Broadway, in Hollywood, behind the scenes, in the spotlight, and at the control boards of some of the most successful ventures in the nation.

Advisory Boards and Partners

There are many ways to support the School of Arts, Entertainment, and Design, including joining us in a strategic partnership, sponsoring student scholarships, joining our Advisory Board and more. Please contact us if you'd like to get involved in helping this next generation of arts and entertainment professionals meet their potential.


Graduates of the School of Arts, Entertainment, and Design are situated in one the world’s entertainment meccas. The Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld are in the Orlando area, as is gaming giant Electronic Arts. Leading cruise lines leave from Port Canaveral, just 45 minutes from Orlando. Companies like these offer a wealth of opportunities for performers, designers, technicians and other creative professionals.


Graduates of the School of Arts, Entertainment, and Design enter professions including:

  • Digital Journalist
  • Digital Video Editor
  • Film Editor
  • Graphic Designer/Artist
  • Interactive Media Specialist
  • Light Technician
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Music Producer/Manager
  • Recording/Sound Engineer
  • Set Design Assistant
  • Social Media Strategist
  • Sound Mixer/Designer
  • Technical Director


The School of Arts, Entertainment, and Design students can take many of their courses on any Valencia College campus or online. The largest concentration of the School’s available courses are found on Valencia College East Campus, with School-specific courses also available on our Downtown, Osceola and West campuses.

Venues and Facilities:

  • Anita S. Wooten Gallery
  • Black Box Theatre
  • Performing Arts Center — a 550-seat performance hall
  • Pottery studio
  • MIDI lab
  • "Flat Foot Music" — student-run record company
  • Sound, lighting and interactive labs

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