Program Overview

VADA programming develops skills in critical analysis and brings rich cultural experiences to students' lives and creative work.

VADA students build skills in a wide range of media, including both traditional and digital media. Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Graphic Design and Photography are all part of the curriculum.


VADA Pillars

Creative Design & Thinking
The new campus will allow us to systematically implement Design Thinking processes to cultivate empathy and human centered design as a skill, and an innovation mindset across the program.

Equitable Access to Education
VADA is the leader in addressing educational and opportunity gaps, achieving a notable increase in socio-economically disadvantaged students (46%) and an increase in the number of special needs students (23%).

Professional Readiness
VADA students see their education directly supporting their future success. Companies and local institutions who hire our graduates advise on curriculum, including partners from Adobe, Deckers, Patagonia, and preeminent cultural institutions, such as The Getty, LACMA, The Norton Simon, MOCA, and more.


Equitable Access to Education & Training for High-Demand Skills

VADA offers a truly exceptional program that fills a major gap in education. The skills, attitudes and mindsets of the artist-designer, practiced in a creative, working studio environment, are highly transferable to other domains of life and work.

Students move fluidly between art, design and linked academic courses, acquiring a variety of essential skills and knowledge, teaching students the top job skills forecasted by the World Economic Forum for 2020.

The Academy’s advanced and specialized instruction in fine arts and design is integrated with core academic curriculum, including AP and Honors level coursework.

The unique combination of academic rigor and creative development gives our students the skills to work, the imagination to solve problems, and the transcripts to get accepted into four-year universities.

VADA students learn all aspects of the creative process from strategy and technical skills to presentation and display.

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