Joining VADA

Incoming 9th graders

Effective November 2020, incoming 9th graders will not formally apply to VADA.  To participate in VADA’s 9th grade program, interested students need only enroll in VADA’s introductory class “VADA Freehand Drawing” when selecting classes.  This course will be automatically paired with a connected VADA 9th grade English class.  The VADA 9th grade experience will emphasize developing creative skills in art and design and building the community we call “the VADA Family”.

Students who wish to continue in VADA will be supported to apply mid-way through 9th grade for 10th grade admission.


Incoming 10th and 11th graders

For students seeking to join VADA as 10th or 11th graders, please click below to complete the online application.  New students will be admitted as space is available.

Generally speaking VADA does not accept new 12th graders into the program.  Reach out to us if you have any questions about this policy.


VADA Application Form

Remember - current 8th graders DO NOT need to apply to VADA - just enroll in the class “VADA Freehand Drawing”.

For 10th and 11th graders applying 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.  Transcripts are used to verify academic placement, but NOT admission.
  • 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