Design Production Requirements
A personal interview with the Design & production faculty is conducted to determine the applicant's qualifications, interests, and motivation. The interview is a simple meet and greet in which each applicant's parents should accompany. Questions such as: "Why do you want to be a techie? What made you pick us? What can you tell us about yourself?" Articulation, desire to succeed, and a willingness to devote additional time after-school are variables affecting acceptance criteria. Previous experience on the part of the applicant is not a requirement for admission.

Applicants can bring some examples of work, a portfolio of sorts. This work does not need to be design and production-related. It can be artwork you have done at school, or at home. It can be photos of things you have built and/or created. It can be garments you have sewn. We do not expect you to create items just for the interview. Bring things you have already done. You should be prepared to talk about the items (what did you use to create it, why do you like it, etc.).
How to Apply

1.Apply through JCPS Options and Magnets

Before applying to YPAS, be sure to complete the JCPS Options and Magnets Application.

2.Complete the YPAS Application

Click "Apply Now" to start this process. You do not need to complete separate applications for YPAS and Manual. Please be prepared to upload the following:

  • Headshot (this can be a school picture or one you take yourself)
  • Performance resume (you can Google sample resumes for your audition area)
  • One page essay entitled “Why I want to attend YPAS” (typed or handwritten)
  • Non-Jefferson County Public School students will need to include school transcripts including middle school grades, test scores, and most recent progress report. If you are currently in high school, please upload that information for the current year and your previous two years of school.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are auditioning for more than one YPAS area, you only have to apply online once.


3. Get two teacher recommendations

You will need two recommendation forms to complete the application process.  You can choose a school teacher, private instructor, director, or other community members to complete the recommendation form. Copy the link below and send it to the two people you choose to complete the recommendation.

Teacher Recommendation Form Link:



Prepare the audition material for your specific area listed on this page. Be sure to work with a teacher or private instructor so you are fully prepared.


Once you submit your application and both recommendations have been received, information about auditions will be emailed to the primary email you list on the application.  If you have not received an email within one week of submitting your packet, check with your recommenders to see they have completed the forms.  If they have, please email