Visual Arts Academy



       The Visual Arts Academy was designed for students with a strong interest in the visual arts.  While many of these students will someday work in an art related career, others are simply passionate about the arts and plan to pursue a career in another field.  In this ever-advancing technological age where companies are rapidly able to automate and outsource many of what one might consider “traditional employable skills,” the Visual Arts Academy provides students with a solid foundation in the arts through a sequence of academic courses, career exploration opportunities, and inspiring interactions with fellow students, faculty, and professional artists.  Our comprehensive program is ideal for students on a career path in the visual arts. 

  • Creativity and creative problem solving 

  • Critical thinking

  • The ability to communicate ideas

  • Planning for long term projects

  • Collaboration with professional artists, teachers, and peers

  • Poise and confidence in front of an audience

  • Development of a professional portfolio

Students gain these skills and abilities by participating in a variety of classes, field trips, workshops, lectures, art shows and other activities.  Throughout the courses in the MMA-VAA curriculum, students critique each other’s artwork and collaborate to prepare projects and presentations about topics related to the visual arts.  All Arts Academy seniors take a college level course in Advanced Placement Studio Art.  At the end of their senior year they are required to hold a senior exhibition as part of their SENIOR PROJECT.  In addition to the course curriculum, VAA students have the opportunity to work with guest artists, visit colleges, job shadow at area businesses and participate in an internship. 


Art Related Majors & Careers:

  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Art Administrator
  • Art Education
  • Art Therapy
  • Communications
  • Creative Director
  • Fashion Design
  • Film/ Video 
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design


  • Independent Artist 
  • Interior Design
  • Jewelry Design
  • Media Studies
  • Museum Education
  • Photography
  • Sound Design/ Recording
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Video Game Design
  • Web Design
  • Weaving


For more information on this program, please contact Jacqueline Welch or Kaitlyn McCleary.

Click here for to download the Application for the MMA Visual Arts Academy.

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Adrianna Awald

Class of 2022

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