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About Us

The School of Visual and Performing Arts at Hawthorne High School recognizes the importance of a comprehensive arts education program as an integral part of every student’s education. The Academy uses a variety of resources to provide a wide range of educational experiences in the arts including academically integrated curriculum and teacher training. VAPA is proud of the arts alliances it has created within the community, as well as other local arts associations, arts specialists and advocates that create unique arts opportunities for Hawthorne students.

Career Pathways

Performing Arts (VAPA PATHWAY Music, Dance, or Theater depending on Art)
Possible Careers:

• Disc Jockey
• Actor
• Announcer
• Voice-over Artist
• Stunt Double
• Actor
• Music Minister
• Radio/Television Broadcaster
• Musical Accompanist
• Music Director/Conductor
• Acoustician
• Film Composer
• Choreographer

Production and Managerial Arts
Possible Careers:
• Third Assistant Director
• Focus Puller
• Camera Loader
• Dolly Grip
• Tape/Film Logger
• First Assistant Camera Operator
• Gaffer (Chief Lighting Technician)
• Key Production Grip
• Script Supervisor
• Negative Cutter
• Producer
• Line Producer
• Sound Design Editor
• Visual Effects Coordinator
• Second Unit Director

Media and Design Arts
Possible Careers:
Film Loader
• Animation Assistant
• Makeup Artist
• Sign Painter
• Videographer
• Prop Maker
• Cutter/Fitter/Seamstress
• Special Effects Coordinator
• Web Designer
• User Interface Designer
• Sound Engineer
• Medical and Scientific Illustrator
• Scriptwriter
• Media and Design Arts Instructor

Industry Partnerships

The School of VAPA is always looking for new partners in the visual and performing arts field.
Currently we have been generously assisted by:
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
El Camino College
California State University Dominguez Hills
Target Inc.
Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Inc.
Infinity Music

Our Graduate Careers...

College and Career Ready

Academy students will develop and follow their postsecondary educational and career goals from targets established by both academic institutions and industry standards in their artistic career. Academy students will also periodically maintain and monitor their own progress toward achieving these goals.

Effective Communicators

Using written, oral, and 21st century technological methods, VAPA graduates will be able to use their artistic expression ability to convey their art form in multiple delivery formats.

Ethical Leaders

Using integrity and ethics, VAPA graduates will be able to describe their strengths and weaknesses and then use this knowledge to create educational and career goals on how to self-manage their own behavior.

Independent and Collaborative Critical Thinkers and Problem Solvers

Academy graduates will be able to identify and a valid research topic related to the Arts, Media, and Entertainment career fields and gather, analyze and interpret data and communicate their findings.

Socially Aware and Responsive Community Members

As productive citizens, academy students and graduates will participate in community-based performances, performance service projects, and art commissions in which they will participate in the improvement of the community and ethos of Southern California.