Visual Arts Diploma

The SPP Visual Arts Diploma Program allows high school students to create product with a purpose. We have a studio and kiln, local and national student art competitions, a state-of-the-art art lab, and an expansive art curriculum that engages students in a competitive arts program. SPP is a stand-out in the established art community in downtown St. Paul.


The SPP Visual Arts Diploma Program provides students of all abilities and backgrounds to pursue creativity no matter their skill level. The program can assist students with a variety of different objectives such as preparing an art portfolio, discovering new art mediums and learning the history of art. Students who decide to dedicate themselves specifically to the study of art will create a body of work and acquire the necessary skills that are vital for college admissions. Upon completion of the program, students will receive the Visual Arts Diploma, and extensive training in the field of art and print-making.


  • Real world experience in the effort, creativity, and time it takes to be a full-time college 
  • student studying the arts
  • Taught in a culturally diverse environment
  • Study within a college-like curriculum
  • Access to create within well-equipped studios with state of the art equipment
  • Connect and create with local and international high school students

Areas of Study

  • Art History
  • Graphic Arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Painting

Course Requirements


  • Maintain a minimum of a B average in all Visual Arts courses
  • Maintain an overall 3.0 GPA in all classes
  • Work with an academic advisor to complete their Visual Arts education goals

Studio Arts
Two credits of AP Studio Art (1 full year) with an emphasis in one of the follow areas:

  • 2D
  • 3D
  • Drawing

Three entry level visual art classes, select from the following:

  • Drawing  - 1 credit
  • Painting - 1 credit
  • Ceramics - 1 credit

At least one advanced visual art class, select from the following:

  • Drawing - 1 credit
  • Painting - 1 credit
  • Ceramics - 1 credit


  • One credit of Art History

Other Requirements

  • Completion of two Independent Interacting with the Visual Arts assignments and completed the reflection papers
  • Visit an art gallery with reflection
  • Take an art class outside of St. Paul Preparatory School
  • Listen to an artist talk (can be online)
  • Create a piece of art outside of class - approved by the Art Teacher prior to creation with presentation and preparation
  • Complete an Art Portfolio containing 12-15 pieces of art created at SPP
  • Complete a Capstone Project in Gallery Presentation
  • Complete an Art Show Presentation and Written Reflection Paper
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