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Conservatory of Fine Arts

An Instructional Program for Talented Students, Grades 3-12

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The Conservatory of Fine Arts kicked off its 36th season on October 1st by registering more than 650 students for classes in visual arts, dance, dramatic arts, and vocal music. This 24-week Saturday morning instructional program, offered on the campus of California State University Los Angeles, through Gifted/Talented Programs, is open to third through twelfth grade LAUSD students who have been identified as talented in the arts or recommended by their regular schools.  
Both district arts instructors and professionals from arts fields stretch students' abilities in their selected disciplines by providing differentiated instruction with a broad and varied curriculum aligned to the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework. Vocabulary and historical context are emphasized along with the skills and techniques needed to be ready for a career in the arts.  
This year the program implemented an online application process and the results were impressive: There were over 770 applications for this District gem. Three hundred sixty-seven students are currently enrolled in the visual arts division, while 307 students are enrolled in the performing arts division. The program runs through May and next year's application window is slated to open in early June.

Instruction is provided on selected Saturdays for each academic year, beginning in October and concluding in May.

  • The Performing Arts Division offers instruction to students who have talent in drama, dance, and/or voice and meets from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • The Visual Arts Division serves students talented in drawing and painting and meets from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Final Showcase
Performing Arts
Final Performance
May 6, 2017
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
John Burroughs Middle School auditorium
Visual Arts
Final Art Show
May 6, 2017 
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Fine Arts Building at Cal State LA 
How to Apply 

The application window for 2016-2017 is closed. The 2017-2018 application is scheduled to open in June 2017 at http://apply.lausd.net.

Students "identified" in the area of talent (new or returning) have first enrollment priority and will receive a letter of invitation to attend; returning "active" students have second priority; new recommended applicants will be placed depending on availability of space.
Students with talent may be recommended by a teacher or administrator familiar with student's abilities by completing and signing the "Recommendation Checklist." School personnel may refer to the online Memorandum titled, “Gifted/Talented Conservatory of Fine Arts Program,” available each school year to obtain the paper application and referral instructions.
Charter Schools
Due to state restrictions,  the administrator of an independent or affiliated charter school within LAUSD boundaries must contact the Charter Schools Division to coordinate payment through the fee-for-service process for each new student to participate.
Please note that transportation is not provided for this program; parents are expected to furnish transportation.