Arts at Idyllwild

"The Idyllwild Arts campus was the most open-minded and inspiring community I’ve ever been part of. It was the perfect environment to find myself artistically and personally." Kai Krause, Class of 2011

An unparalleled arts education

Idyllwild Arts Academy is renowned for cultivating the potential and passion of young artists, providing a thrilling educational environment across every artistic discipline. Idyllwild has produced successful artists in the fields of music, visual arts, dance, theatre, moving pictures, creative writing and fashion design. Our faculty of practicing arts professionals works closely with students to help them develop their skills and gain confidence.

The best in creative writing and theatre

Creative writing students are given the freedom to explore all literary genres in workshops for poetry, prose, songwriting and dramatic writing, with one-on-one tutorials provided. Collaboration with students from other disciplines allows students to see their work on the stage, screen or printed page. Our theatre department gives students access to a range of contemporary and classic dramas, comedies and musicals. Students master advanced and versatile performing arts techniques alongside our gifted professional actors, dancers, singers, designers and technicians.

Our moving pictures department allows students to bring their dreams to life on the big screen. As the campus is just two hours from Los Angeles, the global film capital, students receive hands-on training from film professionals who make movies at the highest level. The course covers every aspect of the film-making process: writing, directing, cinematography, art direction, editing, visual effects and producing.

The finer points of music and dance

Our multi-discipline dance program offers the ABT curriculum in ballet as well as cutting-edge modern and jazz. All students receive personal attention in an environment geared toward success. Our music department is big enough to give developing classical artists many opportunities to perform but small enough to guarantee plenty of individual attention and instruction. The music curriculum includes private lessons with gifted university teachers and successful professionals from Southern California’s world-class symphonies and recording studios.

Excelling in art and design

Idyllwild's Inter-arts department is the perfect destination for students who are talented in several artistic disciplines. One exciting option is Fashion Design, which enables students to develop a blend of skills from the visual arts, theatre and music sectors. Fashion design offers professional, in-depth training from hand-sewing skills to visionary design, with fall and spring fashion shows providing the opportunity for students to shine.

Our visual art program gives students the physical tools, materials and cutting-edge ideas needed to free their artistic potential, allowing them to create works that grab the heart, challenge the mind, and change the world. Finally, our Arts Enterprise Laboratory is a new program that provides student grants for emerging young artists to create new works of art.