Visual Arts Scholars Program

Students with a strong interest in Visual Art may wish to apply for Maryvale’s Visual Art Scholars Program. Students accepted into the program will successfully complete 3.5 credits of Visual Art courses over 4 years and be awarded a certificate upon graduation. 

Senior Portfolios





All Art Scholar students begin with the semester-long, Art I foundational course. After completing Art I, VAS students can choose to follow a studio art-centered path, a digital media path, or a combination of both.  One full credit course is required in Senior year in either AP Drawing, AP 2D Design, or Senior Studio. Grades of B or higher in all art courses are required to continue in the program and receive the certification. In addition, students are expected to participate in the National Art Honor Society. Many Art Scholars go on to pursue creative degrees in both art colleges and traditional universities.

Benefits of the Program

  • Priority placement in art courses
  • Personal and individualized assistance in preparing their art portfolios for college submission
  • First consideration for participation in regional and national art competitions
  • Opportunities for special field trips and events
  • Opportunity to distinguish oneself as a creative, critical thinker who can visually express themselves 
  • Special certificate indicating completion of the Art Scholars Program upon graduation


  • 3.5 Credits of Art over 4 years

  • Grade of 88 or higher in all art courses

  • AP Drawing, 2D Design, or Senior Studio taken Senior year

  • Participation in the National Art Honor Society which requires a minimum of 8 art-related service hours

Colleges and universities our students have attended

  • Maryland Institute College of Art

  • Savannah College of Art and Design

  • Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC

  • University of Delaware – School of Design

  • Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Rochester Institute of Technology

  • George Washington University, Corcoran School of Art and Design

  • University of Notre Dame

  • Syracuse University