The 2019-2020 application deadline HAS passed.

2020-2021 Prospective Students
Applications for 2020-2021 will be accepted soon, please check back here in November. The application below will be very similar to the application for the 2020-2021 year.

 Rolling Admissions
If you are a current high school student interested in transferring into VADA mid-year, please complete the application below.  New students will be admitted should spaces open up.

VADA Application Form

To apply to The Visual Arts and Design Academy, please fill out the application below.

Before you begin, please be sure to have the following information available:

  • Contact information (Physical and Mailing Address, Phone numbers and emails for students and parents)

  • The name and email address of a teacher, counselor or mentor who can fill out a reference form

  • Artwork samples: Can be uploaded from your desktop or NEW! Mobile Device access: The application will open your camera within the application.


  • Students who are not currently enrolled within the Santa Barbara Unified Schools District are required to include a transcript (unofficial transcript ok) from their current school with this application. This can be uploaded in the application.

  • Intradistrict Transfers are needed if you live outside of the SBHS attendance area. Please make sure you apply for one by January 19, 2018. For more information, please visit

Contact the VADA Office at 805-966-9101 ext. 5055 (Room 51), or email if you have questions or need assistance.