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MSA Admissions


Admission to Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School is through an application and audition review process. Students are accepted both from within the Novato Unified School District and all areas of Marin, Sonoma and surrounding counties through an inter-district transfer process. Prospective students and their parents are invited to participate in an MSA Shadow Day/Parent Tour before beginning the application process (see information below). Admission to MSA is based on the criteria described on the Audition and Portfolio Requirements page. No preference is given to where an incoming student lives.

Marin School of the Arts is a specialized program within Novato High School for students who are passionate about the arts and wish to pursue college-level arts training. Students need to maintain over a 2.0 grade point average and good attendance and discipline records.

The Application Process

Acceptance to the Marin School of the Arts is based primarily on the student’s audition and review of the student’s application by the program faculty. We are looking for students who are passionate about their art form—it is not necessary for applicants to have previous professional training.
Once ALL required application forms have been submitted (see instructions below), you will be contacted to schedule audition(s) for your student’s program(s) of interest.


1. MSA applications are now online! Please be sure to complete ALL required forms, which include:

Step ONE: Complete ONE Student Information form per application. Your application is not complete without this form. You only need to submit this form once, please do not submit multiple copies.

MSA Student Information Form

STEP TWO: Once you have submitted your Student Information Form you will be redirected to the Program Application forms.  An applicant may request admission to maximum of three MSA programs.

If you have already submitted an application and wish to apply to an additional program(s), please use the link below. Please do not submit more than one Student Information Forms.

MSA Program Applications Forms

2. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. If possible, please submit applications before the beginning of NUSD Winter Break on Dec. 22, 2017.

3. You will be contacted to schedule your audition in January 2018. Auditions and portfolio presentations will be held February 3-4, 2018, with the exception of Theatre Arts, which will hold auditions on February 10-11. Visit the Audition and Portfolio Requirements page for more information about the audition process.

6. FINAL APPLICATION DATE: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018
7. FINAL AUDITION DATE: Monday, Feb. 5, 2018

8. Students will be notified of their admission status during the week commencing Feb. 24, 2018


For additional information or questions contact: Rhian Robinson, MSA Office Manager, at Marin School of the Arts, 625 Arthur, Novato, CA 94947.
 Phone: (415) 892-7915 or email:

MSA Shadow Days

MSA holds seven Shadow Days leading up to the application deadline in order to give prospective students and parents the chance to experience a day in the life of an MSA student. Eighth grade students are matched with current MSA students based on their area of area of interest.  Parents are given the opportunity to meet with the MSA Director, receive an overview of the MSA program and tour a number of MSA classes in progress representing all MSA departments. Shadow Days currently run from 9:30am – 12:50pm.

NOTE: All 2017-18 Shadow Days are currently FULL. Please consider joining us on November 30 at 6:00pm in the NHS Library for the MSA Preview Night. See more information in the attached flyer (in English & Spanish): MSA Preview Night Flyer Fall 2017.

For additional information about MSA programs please visit our MSA Programs section or email MSA Office Manager Rhian Robinson.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I submit another program application at a later date?

Yes. You may submit up to three program applications. You do not need to submit those applications at the same time (though it is helpful in scheduling auditions). Just be sure that all application forms are submitted before the January 16, 2018 deadline and that you have submitted no more than three program applications.

Where is the Product Design Application?

At this time, MSA is unable to offer new applications to the Product Design Program due to space constraints in the Design Center at Novato High School and the inception of the NBI program. Please visit our Product Design Program page for more information.

Can I have questions answered about an MSA program before submitting my application(s)?

Yes. Please contact MSA Office Manager Rhian Robinson  for further assistance.

Can I make changes to previously submitted forms?

Yes. Please contact our systems administrator Karen Vais for assistance.