Visual Arts Major


Philadelphia School District was named an Outstanding Visual Arts Community by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) in 2019 and 2020, in recognition of visual arts programs that are “rigorous, inclusive, highly accessible and highly visible.”

Franklin Learning Center Visual Arts majors gain a well-rounded arts education that exposes them to a variety of media and techniques in order to help them cultivate a strong art portfolio.  Students will experience different types of art media ranging from traditional fine arts to digital and graphic design.

Strong student artwork will gain chance to be showcased in the annual District’s Young Artist Art Show, Sketch Club Art Show, and our own FLC’s Winter and Spring Art Shows to win awards and recognition.

Art Department Staff

Mrs. Christina Xiao-Whitt has been the head of our Visual Arts Program since 2001, with Mrs. HeeYoung Yim joining the FLC team in 2016 and Mr. Andres Gonzalez joining in 2018.

Sequence Example for Art Majors

In the 4 years at FLC, art students in the program should complete ten 1/2-year courses to meet the requirements for the major.  All the art classes at FLC are 1/2-year long except for the level 2 courses and Advance Placement courses.  Admission to AP classes during junior and senior year require application/portfolio approval by the art department.  Students may complete an additional two 1/2-year elective art courses if there is room in their roster schedule.

Courses Currently Offered

  • Intro to Visual Arts
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Art History
  • Cultural Traditions in Art
  • Mural Design
  • Photographic Media & Digital Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Ceramics 2 (full year course)
  • AP Art and Design (full year course)
  • AP Drawing (full year course)

For more information on our Visual Arts Program

Please contact Ms. Yim.

Apply to FLC Visual Art Major for the 2021-22 School Year:

  1. Complete the School District of Philadelphia School Selection Application
    use FLC Art Code: 229A
  2. Complete the FLC Admission Form for Art Major (two pre-admission videos need to be submitted within the form, details in the form):
    1. Original Drawing Demonstration
    2. Show your Portfolio

In order to be considered for admission at FLC, you must submit both 1) the online high school application on the Philadelphia School District website AND 2) Submit the completed FLC Art Google Form. Please be sure to fill out BOTH. 

After we review both submissions, applicants will be invited for a live virtual interview.
School Selection Application Window Closes on November 6th at 11:59pm.