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About the Curriculum


Majors are offered in Acting and Theater Design, Art, Dance, Film and Video, and Music. Minors are offered as well. Students complete required coursework and production work that together provide a balance between academic and hands-on training.


Academy students complete their college entrance and graduation requirements during the traditional high school day. Academy courses begin after school, Monday through Friday. A few Academy courses may be offered during the school day. Many of the courses are offered for college credit (UC/CSU approved). Note: Not all Academy courses taken outside of the school day are counted toward graduation requirements from Culver City High School. However, all Academy courses and productions will be listed on the Academy transcript.


The Academy produces over 25 productions, exhibitions, and events each year across all five majors. Productions include 16 mm films, festivals, concerts, art exhibits, plays, dance performances, and musicals. Depending on their major, students can be involved in all aspects of production, receiving practical experience in their major that is reinforced by classroom instruction. “Java Drama” is an annual collaborative production involving all departments.


Our entire faculty and staff are teachers who are also working professionals, thus students gain valuable insight about their chosen field, as well as access to connections beyond the walls of the Academy.

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