Visual & Performing Arts

This unique program provides opportunities to explore a wide array of careers in the visual and performing arts. Based at The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, the program blends an integrated curriculum in college-level English, music, art, theatre and film studies with hands-on experience in a creative academic environment.


Students will participate in both workshops and classroom instruction. Furthermore, they gain valuable insight into career options by working directly with local visual and performing artists such as jewelry designers, photographers, dancers and actors and through visiting art galleries and attending live theater productions.

Students conceptualize and compose professional-quality work in a variety of media—from recording a CD to writing, directing and filming a movie using state-of-the-art editing equipment. In the spring, students showcase their artwork in the Knisely-Ayers Gallery at The Arts Center and write and perform a live theatre production. The program gives students the opportunity to develop a portfolio and/or prepare the audition materials needed to apply to a college arts program.

Graduates of the New Visions: Visual & Performing Arts Program have been accepted to many competitive arts colleges, including NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Pratt Institute of Design, Emerson College, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Syracuse University, Ithaca College, Purchase College, Eugene Lang College and Parsons School for Design.

College articulations:

Students enrolled have the potential to earn up to 15 college credits from Hudson Valley Community College and Russell Sage College at a special reduced tuition rate.

PLEASE NOTE: Additional high school credit in Physical Education (1/2 credit) may be available upon district request and approval.

Contact Information

Rensselaer Educational Center
(518) 273-2264 •