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The Arts Magnet Program curriculum is designed for students who are thinking about pursuing their art in college or who want a more intensive high school arts experience. Download the sample 4-year plan below.



David Amrein
Program Director
Performing Arts Dept. Chair
949.493.9307 Ext. 7053

Monica McQueen
Program Director
Visual Arts Dept. Chair
949.493.9307 Ext. 7072


The Arts Magnet Program (AMP) provides four years of pre-professional training in the Visual and Performing Arts, including Choral and Instrumental Music, Dance, Theater, Drawing & Painting, Graphic Design, Photography, and Broadcast Journalism. The mission of JSerra’s Arts Magnet Program is to create independent thinkers and leaders who will contribute inventively and critically to their culture through their artistic discipline.

At the core of the Arts Magnet Program are a series of discipline-specific courses which develop students’ skills to an advanced level in their principle art form. Additionally, AMP students find inspiration in their sister art disciplines through our interdisciplinary History of the Arts course and quarterly field trips to world class arts venues from Los Angeles to San Diego. In our Professional Arts Seminar, students meet guest working artists from a wide array of art forms as they explore what it means to create a career in the arts.

With the completion of its second year, the Arts Magnet Program continues to expand and provide enriching pre-professional experiences in the arts to its students. Last year, incoming freshmen from all artistic disciplines took the new History of the Arts Honors class (taught by Mr. David Amrein), which encouraged students to make connections between art forms to inspire their own creative processes.


In addition to our two all magnet field trips (a day exploring the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and attending a performance of An American in Paris at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood), many tracks sponsored exciting discipline-specific opportunities for in-depth learning — including a talk by a music industry insider, a Q&A with an art gallery director, a visit to a leading game design firm, and an in-the-field seminar to learn advanced water photography techniques.

I enjoyed the Arts Magnet Program because it was a place for me to pursue my love of art and experiment with new techniques and ideas, all while being surrounded by people who share the same joy in the arts.

Maddie '17

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