Specialist Visual & Performing Arts Program (SVAPA)


The SVAPA Program is a unique interdisciplinary program that takes students on an educational journey through the arts.




The Mount Lawley Senior Hight School Specialist Visual and Performing Arts (SVAPA) program is a unique three-year course. Led by specialist teachers, it provides immersion and extension in the Arts, with a focus on connections within disciplines. 

Since its inception, SVAPA has grown into a highly esteemed and respected program with an emphasis on participating in contemporary and emerging Arts practice. Our aim is to empower students with the skills and disposition to achieve success in their chosen career pathways beyond school.

The program was designed to meet the needs of creative individuals who could benefit from an Arts education surrounded by like-minded peers. SVAPA provides an educational journey through which students learn how to develop ideas, interpersonal skills, processes, creative and critical thinking. 

SVAPA students receive a differentiated curriculum within the Arts, alongside the core subjects of Maths, English, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science. They also have access to Digital Technology, Design and Technologies, Languages, Health and Physical Education programs.

Selection takes place in Year 6 across Music, Drama, Art and a portfolio submission. The program accepts 32 merit selected students for the start of Year 7.

Program Information Brochure



SVAPA Newsletter


Visit the­­ SVAPA Newsletter page for the latest edition as well as back issues. 



For more information about the Program and Application, have a look at our presentation. svapa-title-slide.png


To apply for a place in the SVAPA program, please use the following forms:


2025 Application Form


2025 Portfolio Checklist


SVAPA Portfolio Application Example


Activity Template Digital or Activity Template Printable


Student Portfolio Authenticity Declaration


2025 Intake Timeline 

Details of the evening can be found on our news item page or you can book directly with TryBooking.


Application Stages


Stage 1 SVAPA Parent Evening
(Before application)
In Term 1, the school hosts a SVAPA Information Evening for parents about the program and audition process. Please check the calendar on the school website for further information. 
Stage 2 Application submission The first step is an Application of Interest submission. This needs to be submitted by the advertised deadline. Students will be notified of the selection workshop dates and times by letter or email. 
Stage 3 Selection process

Submitted at the Music audition

1. Drama workshop audition (Group work only)
2. Art workshop audition
3. Music audition

Stage 4 Notification

Applicants are notified in Term 2 of acceptance status.

Stage 5  SVAPA Parent Welcome Evening
(Once selected)

In Term 4, the school and parent support group committee host a Welcome Night for all new SVAPA parents. This is a delightful event to meet and mingle with other parents and your children's new Arts teachers.