Applying to VADA

2021-2022 Prospective Students

We are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Read through the following information to make sure you qualify. The link to the application form is at the bottom of this page.


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 using the link 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)
  • 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 17, 2021. 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.


Go to the VADA Application Form