Frequently asked questions

Can a student repeat a visual and performing arts course after they have already completed the course with a grade of C or better?

All approved visual and performing arts (VPA) courses may be taken more than one time and all grades earned from the course completed in the 10th and 11th grades will be included in the UC GPA.

Does UC approve semester-long courses in the “f” subject area?

Beginning in 2006, in coordination with the full implantation of the VPA policy, UC no longer approves semester-long courses in the “f” subject area. Semester-long, advanced courses in the visual and performing arts can only be approved in the college-preparatory elective (“g”) subject area.

A student completed a semester of Ceramics and a semester of Drawing. Has the student satisfied the VPA subject requirement?

No, the student must complete both semesters of a single yearlong course to satisfy the “f” subject requirement. A student may not combine two semesters from two different VPA courses to satisfy this subject requirement.

Does the yearlong VPA course need to be completed in the same academic year? May the student take the first semester one year and the second semester the next year?

A student does not need to complete their yearlong VPA course in a single academic year. However, the course must be taken in sequence, that is, the first semester must be taken before the second semester.

Does UC approve online visual and performing arts courses?

No, UC does not approve online VPA courses because it is difficult for students taking online courses to experience the required performance component of performance arts courses and/or replicate the expected portfolio component of visual arts courses. Whether it is a course in band, choir, drama, dance or painting/drawing, the immediate feedback and coaching of an instructor (e.g., adjusting the toe point of a dancer, correcting the musical intonation of a student musician, advising greater voice projection for a student actor or demonstrating correct technique for a student artist) is a critical and necessary component of any course.