It’s okay! Mine don’t either. While performance arts certainly are a big part of OCSA, they are part of a bigger picture that emphasizes a broad range of artistic study. Your child might not be an actor, dancer or singer but instead a painter, a writer, a film maker, a set designer or chef! Or maybe a few of these wrapped into one. Don’t worry! There is a place for all types of aspiring artists at OCSA and with 13 conservatories from which to choose, your budding ‘artist’ has lots of options that don’t necessary involve a stage.
Student may now choose to enroll in the brand new Digital Arts Conservatory, where they can study computer animation and design, including video game technology; or the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Conservatory, which presents an exciting opportunity for creative expression through cooking.
Integrated Arts is a broad-based arts conservatory that presents an opportunity to get wide exposure many of the arts that are emphasized at OCSA including Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Production & Design, and Film & TV. Your artsy but uncommitted child may discover his/her passion here and may decide to switch conservatories at some point. Or, they may love the range and choose to stay with Integrated Arts through 12th grade. Integrated Arts and Visual Arts accepts students beginning in grade 7; Production & Design admits 8th graders and up; and Creative Writing is open to students beginning in the 9th grade.
Integrated Arts is a great jumping off point – either for students who are undecided or those who know which conservatory they want to apply to but are not yet eligible because of their grade.
Students in Integrated Arts are given a few performance opportunities that are optional; so even if you (or they) think they can’t act, dance or sign….you may end up surprised! The beauty of this is that they have the opportunity to audition for and transfer to a new conservatory, if they are accepted, at the beginning of each year — so the performance arts conservatories remain an option as your child grows in the arts.