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 an emphasis on skills and abilities that are desirable to employers and necessary to be successful in any career field. 


  • 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:



Art Administrator

Art Education

Art Therapy


Creative Director

Fashion Design

Film/ Video 

Graphic Design


Industrial Design

Independent Artist

Interior Design

Jewelry Design

Media Studies

Museum Education


Sound Design/ Recording

Social Media Specialist

Video Game Design

Web Design


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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