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Visual and Performing Arts

The Holy Names High School Department of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) provides a broad knowledge of the arts, and empowers students to understand and create artistic expression. Our program offers a hands-on learning approach to unlock the creative potential of our students while encouraging the curiosity, growth and development of the artistic spirit.

HNHS firmly believes that art courses benefit all students because of the process of creating and critiquing art engages students in higher order thinking skills, such as analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and flexible, imaginative thinking. The four art disciplines offered: Dance, Music, Drama, and Visual Arts cover the California State Board of Education Arts Standards for artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing and connections, relations and applications.


Courses include:

Visual and Performing Arts – Graduation Requirements: 20 credits

Visual Art Classes

Art 1: Introduction to Drawing and Design

Art 2: Drawing

Art 3: Color and Design

AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

Digital Art and Photography

Film and Video Production


Art Intern


Theatre Classes


Technical Theatre Production


Vocal Classes


Vocal Ensemble

Music Intern


Instrumental Music Classes

Instrumental Music (UC Approval Pending)


Music Intern


Graduation requirement: two years of visual and performing arts.
All courses are certified as meeting the requirements for admission to the University of California and California State University systems.