Our Mission Statement
The Berkeley Center for the Arts mission is to provide students with a rigorous academic curriculum, and a solid foundation in the arts discipline in which they are gifted. Our studio classes are taught by professional arts educators, and it is our goal to prepare students for various post-secondary and pre-professional pursuits. We strive to create a community of artists who support each other in order to provide an environment where they feel safe to take artistic risks.
Where is Berkeley Center for the Arts located?
The Berkeley Center for the Arts is Berkeley County School District's first arts magnet program established on the secondary level. It is housed on the campus of Goose Creek High School.
Application and Audition Procedure
BCA is open to all rising 9th grade students in Berkeley County School District. These students should be gifted in one of our seven disciplines (theatre, visual arts, creative writing, dance, voice, strings, and winds & percussion). BCA also accepts students in their sophomore year on a case by case basis. Sophomore students must be selected by their teacher and approved by the program director and guidance counselor.
Students interested in attending BCA must first complete the current application packet and submit by the designated deadline. Students must include their personal information, three teacher provided letters of recommendation, a current picture, and completion of various essay questions. Based upon the student major, he or she may be required to include additional information. Invited students must attend the spring auditions and must have their audition packet completed. The dates of the audition weekends will be communicated to invited students in advance.
Upon arriving at their auditions, students will be judged on a variety of criteria including ability and professionalism. Student should plan to speak about their experiences and goals relating to the art of their choice. In addition, many students will be asked to perform a selected piece or complete a particular task. After completing their audition, students will be notified as to the status of their admission within 2 weeks.