Young Artist Diploma Program

The Young Artist Diploma Program is a six-year, tuition-free course of study designed to provide students with a critical set of skills they will be able to use in college and beyond. Through the active creation of original music, film, theater, dance, and community projects, the Center strives to enable our students to discover their true gifts and unique paths. The deep interrelationship of performing arts skills is such that understanding one training approach is strengthened by guided experience in others. East Bay Center is a recognized national model of this integrated approach to performing arts training. The Young Artist Diploma Program is broken into three 2-year components:

Years 1 and 2: Students will explore a breadth of classes to gain well-rounded experience in different art forms. Students are required to take several courses across many disciplines as part of the breadth/exploration requirements.

Years 3 and 4: Students are placed in more advanced courses according to their chosen discipline of study in consultation with staff and faculty.

Years 5 and 6: Students that have completed the four-year program may choose to continue through years 5 and 6 where they will receive advanced artistic and leadership training, as well as continue to develop technical skills across multiple art forms.

Finally, Young Artist Diploma students are required to attend a mandatory 5-week Summer Intensive Program for the first two years of admission. The Summer Intensive Program is also highly recommended for advanced students that would like to take a more focused approach to their chosen discipline.

Diploma students receive tuition-free education valued at $8,500 per year, which includes 43 weeks of program instruction and countless opportunities for exploration, advancement, and leadership. For this reason, as well as concern for providing the very best training practices and values, the Center takes very seriously our commitment to each student, and in turn, asks the student and family to consider carefully their participation and the time commitments required. For example, during each 12-month period Diploma parents or guardians are required to volunteer for a minimum of 15 hours, which might include serving as extra concert personnel, potlucks, field trip chaperones, administrative help, production and program support. Many parents contribute significantly more hours by becoming involved with the monthly Diploma Parents Advisory Group. 


Kwesi Anku

Associate Director: Student Development and Training