Centre for Performing & Visual Arts

Welcome to the Performing & Visual Arts program at Central Memorial High School.

Online Expression of Interest Application for PVA Fine Arts programs at Central Memorial High School: 

Students of Central Memorial High School can take any Fine & Performing Arts class at the general level without needing to apply.  To be considered for our specialized PVA program, students are required to apply online, interview with our staff, and submit a portfolio or audition. 

Our application period for 2024-2025 enrolment will be open from November - January here on this site. 

Interviews/auditions will be scheduled for late January 2024. Late applications will be considered if there is room in the program. 

Please join us for an Open House on December 13, 2023 at 6:30pm at Central Memorial High School to learn more about our dynamic school and the PVA program.

Students who are not designated to Central Memorial High School but want to be considered for the PVA program are required to go through the CBE High School Transfer Request Process between Feb-March, 2024 after they apply and interview/audition for the program. Students who submit a request for transfer but who have not applied and interviewed will not be be granted a transfer to Central Memorial High School.

Questions regarding the PVA application/registration process or our Fine & Performing Arts programming can be sent to Fine Arts Learning Leader, Michelle Crimmins:  MLCrimmmins@cbe.ab.ca

PVA Overview

The Performing and Visual Arts Program at Central Memorial prides itself on offering students from across the Calgary region the opportunity to study a variety of artistic disciplines at an advanced level. Students discover and fulfill their creative abilities through the guidance of experienced and accomplished artists in an atmosphere of academic rigour and creative expression. Exploring an artistic discipline every day affords students the unique opportunity to develop skills, deepen knowledge and discover their own voice through the arts. This  program provides a strong foundation allowing students to easily transition into post-secondary studies or professional work within the arts community.

We are proud to offer our Grade 12 students the option of taking a specialized course called Leadership In the Arts 35, which upon completion, affords our graduates with the Calgary Board of Education Fine and Performing Arts Certificate. 

The PVA program is a diverse and inclusive place for young artists of all abilities to learn. We believe that the very skill of applying, auditioning and interviewing for your program of choice is where an artist’s learning begins with us. The PVA program is designed to be an enhanced learning community for young artists who are dedicated to their craft and are willing to take their learning to the next level and work hard. It is time-consuming and requires excellent time-management and interpersonal capacity to work with their peers, instructors, and guest-artists-in-residence from the local Calgary arts industry. The focus required for this program is what makes our programming unique and rewarding for students year after year.

To learn more about our individual PVA programs, please use the left side navigation bar to visit each discipline's page:

Dance - Theatre Arts - Fashion - Media Design - Technical Theatre - Visual Arts - Music: Band - Strings - Vocal

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