• Conservatory Logo  Conservatory of Fine Arts


    An Instructional Program for Talented Students, Grades 3-12

    Para Español:  Haga clic aquí


    The Conservatory of Fine Arts concluded its 37th season on April 28, 2018.  This 19-week Saturday morning instructional program, offered on the campus of California State University Los Angeles, 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.  



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

    • 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 Events

    Performing Arts

    Final Showcase Performance

    Esteban Torres High School auditorium


    Visual Arts

    Final Art Exhibition

    Fine Arts Gallery at Cal State LA 


    How to Apply

    Interested applicants can access the application on https://apply.lausd.net. Parents must create a profile if they have not already applied to another program through the website (e.g. magnet, open enrollment). Once parents have entered information about their child, a Verification Form will be generated. This form must be printed and signed by the principal of the child's school of attendance. If the student has not been identified as talented by the LAUSD audition/demonstration process (which occurs semi-annually on the third Saturday of November and May), a teacher or administrator familiar with the child's abilities in the selected talent area must complete a verification checklist. The application window for the 2018-2019 Conservatory season is projected to open on June 1, 2018.


    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 by lottery depending on availability of space.


    School personnel may refer to the 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 LAUSD authorized independent or affiliated charter school 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.