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Preparing international students for success in the Arts

31 January 2019

CATS Academy Boston has partnered with Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts – a dedicated arts school in one of the UK’s great university cities – to create a Visual and Performing Arts Enrichment Program.

The program, designed to inspire the next generation of actors, writers, performers, artists and designers, prepares CATS Academy students for success at top art schools by:

  • Developing students creative skills and knowledge through a range of electives from painting and drawing to video production
  • Building essential life skills such as team working, confidence, leadership through a project such a creating a fashion line, directing a theatre production or playing at a music recital  


Kim Barry, CATS Academy Arts Department Chair, who leads the program says:

“We are excited to offer this Enrichment Program to our exceptional young people and to work in collaboration with Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts. The certificate program is for our creative students interested in specializing in the arts. At CATS, we have a vibrant Visual and Performing Arts Department and our graduating seniors have been accepted to top art, music and design schools. This certificate program will help students focus their on their talents and build skills in their areas of special interest.”


Student success

Acceptances and progressions to top art schools



Academy of Art University


American Academy of Dramatic Arts


California College of the Arts


Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising


Maryland Institute College of Art


Massachusetts College of Art & Design


San Francisco Art Institute


Savannah College of Art & Design


School of the Art Institute of Chicago


School of Visual Arts, New York


The New School


University of North Texas College of Music



The program, delivered by a high calibre team of experienced creative professionals from artists, musicians and theatre directors, this year also welcomes Sam Donovan to the faculty. Sam, formerly runner up in the first season of Project Runway, a US TV show looking for upcoming fashion designers, is responsible for teaching the Fashion electives at CATS Academy. Sam has freelanced for Macy’s and the Hamburg-based sustainable denim line Bridge & Tunnel, and also designs for private clients. He’s excited to work with the burgeoning designers at CATS Academy, and can’t wait to see what they can do!

Students enrol on the two-year program on arrival at the school in either September or January. This program supplements the core high school curriculum.


Download our Visual and Performing Arts
Enrichment Program Guide for more details


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