VISUAL ARTS DEPARTMENT
Thank you for your interest in applying to the LACHSA Visual Arts Department! Please review the following requirements for applying to our department.
The requirements below are subject to change.
All auditions, callbacks and/or portfolio reviews will be done in person unless otherwise noted and are subject to change for health and/or safety guidelines.
January 13, 2023:
Online Application Submission Due Date
February 25, 2023:
Portfolio Review, Interview and Live Draw
March 10, 2023:
Decision letters emailed
OVERVIEW | APPLICATION PROCESS
Prepare your portfolio by the date listed above. See "Portfolio" requirements outlined below.
Attend Portfolio Review, Applicant Interview and Live Draw on the date listed above.
Please allow ample time to complete the application form and upload any relevant materials which are needed. Late or incomplete online applications and/or portfolios will not be viewed or considered. The time and scheduling of the Portfolio Review, Applicant Interview and Live Draw are determined by the number of applicants.
PLEASE NOTE - The Portfolio Review, Applicant Interview and Live Draw are granted only if all general requirements for attending LACHSA have been met.
Applicant Portfolio MUST contain 12 pieces total. A sketchbook is optional and may be included only if it has been filled.
These 12 pieces should include the following 3 required assignments and adhere to the Portfolio Guidelines listed here:
REQUIRED 3 ASSIGNMENTS
Create a piece of art from your imagination. It should be mixed media, incorporating more than one medium.
The subject matter should be social, political or personal.
Write a few sentences describing your idea and the imagery you used. Attach this to the back of the piece.
From observation, create a still life which features 3-5 objects. The still life can be a painting or drawing and must be in color.
Create a piece of art about a place. The place can be real or imagined.
Portfolios should be presented clearly and contain current artwork from the last two years.
Only original artwork is accepted, no plagiarism, no anime, cartoons or comics (no direct copies of other artists).
2-D artwork that exceeds 30” x 40” or 3D artwork may be shown outside the portfolio and is the responsibility of the student.
3-D work can be represented through photography (up to 3 views per piece).
Video or animation may be shown on a laptop or tablet provided by student.
Your portfolio should Include several examples of work from observation (still life, figure, self-portrait, etc.)
Include a variety of mediums (charcoal, pastel, paint, photography, etc.)
PORTFOLIO REVIEW PROCESS:
Each student will meet with a panel of teaching artists from the Visual Arts Department to present their portfolio of artwork. The panel will interview each candidate while reviewing their portfolio. The student will be asked to speak about their artwork as well as their interest in attending LACHSA.
Each candidate will be asked to complete a 25-minute drawing assignment from observation. Supplies will be provided.
Please note: The student’s artwork should be organized in a professional portfolio format for presentation. There is no need to purchase an expensive portfolio case. A hand-made portfolio can be made of stiff cardboard or foam core and fastened with strong duct tape. Please make sure it is secure on all sides with string.
The portfolio will remain the student’s responsibility at all times.
The LACHSA Visual Arts Department is an intense four-year program and is recommended for entry at the ninth grade. However, consideration will be given to incoming tenth grade students who can demonstrate exceptional potential and previous training. If accepted, a 10th grader will be asked to take some required 9th grade classes.