Transforming lives through the arts.
Mission StatementSan Diego Unified School District will promote artistic literacy, innovation, creativity, and excellence in the arts by providing a high quality, sequential, TK-12 arts experience for all students.By implementing district policies that support and sustain the arts as a core subject, the Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA) will support the highest quality arts education indance, music, theatre, and visual arts, providing services in curriculum and instruction, professional development and community collaboration.
Guiding PrinciplesAll students have equitable access to arts educationWe find strength in diversity
Visual and Performing Arts Strategic Plan 2016-2021Executive SummaryResourcesCurriculumProfessional DevelopmentVisual and Performing Arts Magnet SchoolsCommunity Engagement and Relationships
The State of California defines a balanced, comprehensive arts program as one in which the arts are studied as discrete disciplines related to each other and, when appropriate, to other subject areas in the curriculum. Students in a comprehensive program are expected to master the content of an arts discipline as outlined in the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards or the Visual and Performing Arts Framework .
Arts disciplines include dance, music, theater, and visual arts. For each of these disciplines, the standards are broken down by grade level and are further grouped by strands as follows:
- Artistic Perception: Processing, analyzing, and responding to sensory information through language and skills unique to the discipline.
- Creative Expression: Creation, performance and participation in the discipline.
- Historical and Cultural Context: Understanding historical contributions and cultural dimensions of the discipline.
- Aesthetic Valuing: Responding to, analyzing, and making judgments about works of art.
- Connections, Relationships, Applications: Connecting and applying what is learned in the discipline to other art forms and subject areas and to careers.
The San Diego Unified School District provides a standards-based sequential course of study in creative movement and dance from middle school through high school advanced levels. Students may participate in school-wide productions and performances, as well as city, state and national workshops and festivals, and stage, film and television opportunities.
The San Diego Unified School District provide a standards-based sequential course of study and instruction in the dramatic arts as well as technical theater from middle school through high school advanced levels. Theater students participate in school-wide musicals and plays, assuming various roles as actor, director, dramaturg, playwright and technical crew. SDUSD enjoys strong partnerships with the community providing students with increased opportunity to job shadow and experience and participate in theatre at a professional level. Students also perform in city, county, state and national level festivals and productions.
Visual art instruction, including the study and practice of both traditional media (drawing, painting, and sculpting) and electronic media (photography, video and film), is offered in middle/junior and senior high schools throughout the district. Elementary classroom teachers may provide instruction in visual art or use visual art activities as support for instruction in other subject areas. The visual art curriculum is designed to ensure students meet the California State Content Standards in visual art through studio and art history courses.
Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA)
Instructional Media Center
2441 Cardinal Lane
San Diego, CA 92123-3798