Young visual artists learn creative processes and techniques from established artists. 

Emerging visual artists attend this intensive two-year program to build on and develop artistic, conceptual and creative skills, as well as attain the discipline and confidence necessary to investigate their own imagery and self-expression.

With the guidance of teaching artists/mentors, Visual Arts students gain hands-on experience exploring different mediums and techniques in the following studio practices:

Animation and Motion Design | Architecture and 3D Modeling | Ceramics | Drawing | Graphic Design | Metal Work | Painting | Photography | Printmaking | Sculpture

In the Residential High School program, young artists learn to be constructively critical of their own and others' artwork while gaining the tools necessary to be competitive in a creative environment. They also gain experience preparing portfolios, exhibiting artwork in regional exhibitions, and entering local and national competitions. During their senior year, students choose an art concentration, allowing them to dive deep into their medium of choice.

When To Apply

Visual Arts students apply online and audition for the Residential High School program while in the 10th grade to attend in the 11th and 12th grades. 

See additional application and audition information below.

Student painting
Printmaking workshop with instructor
Graphic design students in lab

Application & Audition

How to Apply
Students apply in 10th grade to attend our school in 11th & 12th grade. An online application process, which includes demographic and arts information, must be completed to be considered for admission. The online application portal will be used to request recommendations and upload other required materials.

Visual Arts applicants are required to submit a digital portfolio and upload an essay to the application portal. Be sure to check out the Resources for Documenting Artwork tab to assit with your digital portfolio.

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Essay GuidelinesDigital Portfolio GuidelinesTemplate for Portfolio Submission

Learn about our deadlines and financial assistance and program fees!

The Audition
The Visual Arts Residential High School Auditions will be held virtually this year. Selected applicants will be invited to an audition made up of two parts; a drawing workshop and an interview. The portfolios, sketchbook, essay, and drawing workshop may be discussed during the interview. 

Auditions will take place on various Saturdays during late January & early February.

Resources for Documenting Artwork

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