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program overview cover for abpaThis program trains students in all aspects of the arts including Foundations of Theory and Technique, Individual and Collaborative Creation and Performance, and Critical Analysis. Students major in two of eight disciplines: Dance, Drama (Performance and Production); Music (Band, Contemporary, Strings, Vocal); or Visual and Media Arts.

In addition to required credits, students have experiential learning opportunities such as career exploration, professional certification, discipline-specific training, opportunities beyond the classroom and seasonal collaborations on large-scale stage productions, small-scale studio productions and informal studio productions that invite broader school participation.

The program is located at Glendale Secondary School. Graduating students receive a Certificate of Recognition in the Arts and Additional Qualifications such as industry training, professional resume and headshot, and a professional portfolio.abpa info night

Click here to read the Audition-Based Program of the Arts Program Overview.

Information Session

Wednesday, November 29, 2023
6 p.m. at Glendale Secondary School
145 Rainbow Drive, Hamilton, Ontario L8K4G1
PDF flyer: Program of the Arts Info Night

2024-25 Application Timeline

PDF with full listing: Important Dates for HWDSB ABPA 2024-25 Application Process

  • Information Session: November 29, 2023
  • Applications Due: December 22, 2023
  • Performing Arts Auditions/Media and Visual Arts Portfolios sent to [email protected]: January 19, 2024 by 4 p.m.
  • Auditions/Portfolio Review: February 1, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (sign up times will be available)
  • Acceptance Letters Sent: February 2, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance Due Back: February 9, 2024
  • Completion of option sheets for 2023-24: February 14, 2024 at Glendale Secondary School.


Click here to access the 2024-25 Audition-Based Programs of the Arts application. 

Audition/Portfolio Information

Contact for more information:

HWDSB Audition-Based Program of the Arts
145 Rainbow Drive, Hamilton ON, L8K 4G1
905-560-7343 [email protected]

Updated on Monday, December 11, 2023.
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