General Information


Course registrations are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Courses are small and usually fill quickly. We encourage you to pre-register as early as possible. We advise you to register at least one month prior to your course date, since courses without a minimum number of registrations may be canceled. Having said that, if you find a class you want to take close to the start date, give us a call.


A deposit of $125 for a weeklong course, $75 for weekend course and $20 for all other courses is required at the time of registration. (Please note: $75 weeklong/$50 weekend/$10 for other classes of this deposit is non-refundable if the student cancels enrollment—See Student Cancellations and Course Cancellations on this page for information on deposit refunds.)

We encourage full payment of your balance 30 days prior to your class date to help expedite the registration process. A fee will be charged for returned checks.


Tuition amounts are listed with each class description on this site (browse online catalog). Tuition amounts can also be found with each class in our printable course catalog.

Tuition rates are based on the duration of the class and are subject to change. Tuition does not include costs for lodging and meals or class materials fees.

Full payment of your balance is due 14 days prior to the first day of class. If you are enrolling within 2 weeks of the start date of a class you must pay the full class tuition to register.


The Jacksonville Center for the Arts offers its members 20% off most classes. Member prices are posted along with non-member prices and deposit amounts, with each class description.

The center also offers special coupons for partner organizations, special art organization members, and promotions.


If you plan to use a coupon during your registration online, please make sure that you have selected the appropriate (Non-member) tuition. If you would prefer to pay the deposit, save your coupon code for use when you make your final payment (otherwise you will get a discount on the deposit rate, not the full tuition rate).

Materials Fees & Supplies

Students in courses at The Jacksonville Center typically use materials in the making of their projects. Materials fees can range from $0 to over $100.

Because the amount of materials used will vary by student and class, materials fees are not included in the tuition amount. When possible, materials fees are noted in class descriptions.

Soon after registering for a class, you will receive an estimate of materials fees, along with a list of additional supplies the instructor may require you to bring from home.

Payment for materials purchased from the instructor or the school is required on the last day of class. While the center accepts credit cards, many instructors do not, so please be prepared to pay for materials fees to instructors with cash or a check.

Facilities Fees

As part of The Jacksonville Center’s effort to offer affordable and accessible educational opportunities, the center has not increased member tuition fees since our current educational programming started in 2005.  Due to the significant increase in operational expenses, the center has instituted a $5 facilities fee per 8 hour class day to partially cover the overhead expenses for the classes.  Facilities fees should be paid at the end of each class, along with any materials fees.

For series classes, or classes that have unusual hours, facilities fees will be assigned as follows:

1-8 class hours = $5
9-16 class hours = $10
17-24 class hours = $15
25-32 class hours = $20
33-40 class hours = $25

Student Cancellations and Transfers

Students withdrawing from a class prior to fourteen (14) days before the class starts can receive a full refund or transfer their payments to another class of choice.

Students who withdraw within two weeks prior to the start of a class will receive a refund of payment less the non-refundable deposit ($75 for week-long/$50 weekend/$10 other).

If a transfer request is made within two weeks of the start date of a class, the non-refundable deposit will be retained for the original class registration with any remaining balance of payments credited to another class of choice.

No deposit or tuition refunds or transfers will be made after the start date of a class.

Please give us a call if your plans change and you will not be attending your class, or if you will be late for the first day of class. This helps us plan our meal counts and allows others to attend the center’s classes.

Course Cancellations

The Jacksonville Center will conduct courses for which a minimum number of students are registered. Therefore, acceptance of payment does not guarantee that a class will run.

If the center must cancel a course, registered students will be given the opportunity to enroll in another course, with no transfer penalty. A full refund will be given to students who do not wish to transfer.

Age Requirements

The Jacksonville Center strives to offer a creative environment for youth and adults alike and welcomes them to attend classes when appropriate. Many of our instructors offer adult level classes yet are open to enrollment by responsible young adults. Minimum age-levels are indicated in each class description.

We also offer several kids weekends and Youth Art Camp once a year.

All students under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian prior to the first day of class. Click here to download our Minor Release Form.


The Jacksonville Center’s primary facilities, including the main building, residence hall, glass studio and pottery studio, meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please be advised the blacksmithing studio is located on uneven and hilly terrain.

If special accommodations are required please contact Center personnel and allow at least two weeks to coordinate appropriate accommodations.