How to Apply


The Center will accept applications for the Young Artist Diploma Program until August 31, 2020. 

Entering students will begin the Program in the Fall of 2020.


Due to limited space this year, the Center will prioritize applicants with a love of the arts and who are entering the 7th and 8th grades in the Fall of 2020. However, high school students who are a good match for the program can still apply and will be accepted as space becomes available. High School students at an intermediate level in music, dance, theater, or media,who have a passion to deepen their study of the arts in college and who have not had access to sustained professional instruction are strongly encouraged to apply. 


All applicants must complete the Young Artist Diploma Program Application Form, as well as receive a written nomination by a school teacher, school administrator, artist, or mentor from the community. Applicants who complete their application form and receive a written nomination will receive a personal interview conducted by members of East Bay Center’s staff on a first come first served basis until all available slots are filled. This is a formal interview but not an audition, though the interview includes a request to listen to or watch a few minutes of you sharing your live performance in music, dance or theater. This interview and seeing you perform - even at the very beginning level - enables us to better place students in the most appropriate classes, as well as determine if the program is a good match for you at this time. Even though we are not able to accept all applicants, scholarships are available for those who are not accepted to enroll in group classes in the fall 2020/spring 2021 and are encouraged to re-apply the following year.

Application form is available HERE

Nomination form is available HERE.

For more information, please contact Kwesi Anku, Associate Director of Student Development and Training, at 510-323-4495 or

Para más información en español, favor de comunicarse con: Lolis Garcia, Asociada de Programa: formación y desarrollo del estudiante, al 510-323-2019 o

For more Information

Kwesi Anku

Associate Director: Student Development and Training

Letty Mejia

Head Registrar