What To Pack

Not sure what to pack? Don't worry, we've got your packing list of materials, supplies and suggestions to bring to campus on move-in day as well as your first day of classes. Materials for you academic classes such as books are provided. Bring your favorite pens and pencils and notebooks. If you find you need something, weekly shuttles to area shopping centers is provided.

What your art school requires you to bring

Each art school has a list of materials and supplies unique to that art conservatory.


The list of books is in review and will be posted upon approval.

All Students:
  • Black gym/athletic clothing
  • Black sweat pants, leggings, tights, yoga pants, black runner’s tights are acceptable for the classroom attire.
  • Black T-shirts
  • Black comfortable clothes, sweaters, long-sleeve shirts for multiple classes & rehearsals
  • Black socks for multiple classes & rehearsals
  • One pair of rubber soled sport, athletic or running shoes, which are to be for indoor/studio use only.  (These shoes should not have been, or be, worn outside).

Optional Equipment for All Students:
  • Tap shoes for  Dance Class
  • Jazz shoes (split sole slippers – not jazz sneakers)
  • 1 set of kneepads for personal use (optional) in Combat class. School kneepads are provided in class
  • Personal voice recorder or smartphone with voice recording capability or app
  • A good pocket dictionary or smartphone
  • A laptop computer
  • A printer and paper

Additional optional equipment for Female Students:
  • 2 black wrap-around rehearsal skirts ankle-length & knee length for multiple classes & rehearsals
  • Women’s character shoes (short heel) for multiple classes & rehearsals
  • Sports bra for multiple classes & rehearsal

Additional equipment for Male Students:
  • Tight fitting athletic supporter or compression shorts available at sporting goods stores
  • Men's black dress shoes for multiple classes & rehearsals


Dancers should read and be familiar with the Dance Handbook for High School Students.

Complete the following forms and return them to the School of Dance during registration:

All Students:

All Women (Ballet and Contemporary majors):

Note: We are suspending the use of color-coded leotards for ballet ladies only for 2020-2021. See Handbook Addendum.

  • pink tights
  • black leotards
  • pink ballet slippers
  • pointe shoes (optional for contemporary)
  • black footless tights or black unitards

All Ballet Women:

  • Black character shoes with 1/2 or 1 inch heels
  • black mid-calf circular character skirt
  • pink ballet briefs
  • medium-sizes "diamond" stud earrings

All Contemporary Women:

  • skin-toned bra and thong

All Men:

  • black tights
  • white leotards/for-fitting T-shires
  • black ballet slippers
  • black footless tights or black unitards
  • dance belts: black, white, skin-toned
  • black lace-up jazz shoes


Music students are responsible for providing the necessary music materials and supplies for art-related study. Some items are needed by all music students, while other items are specific to a particular instrument or area of study. Below are two lists, one giving items all music students should have and the other giving representative examples of items specific to individual students.

Items needed by ALL Music students:

  • Pencil with a working eraser, to be brought to every lesson and rehearsal;
  • Notebook(s), to be used during lessons, master classes, and other activities;
  • Music (manuscript) paper;
  • Some kind of datebook (either digital or paper);
  • Fold-up music stand to be used during individual practice, chamber ensemble rehearsals, and master classes [this applies only to brass, guitar, harp, string, and woodwind students];
  • Concert dress clothes (the appropriate clothes to have will be determined by the ensemble in which you are assigned to perform); and
  • Required textbook(s) for the theory or aural skills classes. This is only for 11th and 12th grade students and can only be determined following placement assessments given during the week of August 16, 2021.

Items specific to INDIVIDUAL Music students (representative examples):

  • Supplies for your instrument, such as strings, rosin, valve oil, etc.;
  • Music for your lessons, such as performance repertoire (sonatas, concerti, song collections) and etude books; and
  • Any other supplies your teacher wants you to have for your lesson and master class work.

Visual Artists

Required Materials (expected to have before your arrival to campus):

  • Moleskine Large Sketchbook for Drawing 5”x 8.25” (13x21 cm) 100 pgs
  • Pencil sharpener (small hand held variety w/ enclosure to catch shavings)
  • Pair of good scissors
  • 2 White Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils
  • Pencils: # 2B, # 4 B, # 6B, (2) Ebony Pencils, (2) regular mechanical pencils
  • Kneaded eraser                     
  • 2 Mars-type white erasers                            
  • 2 Pink Pearl erasers
  • 2 black Sharpie twin tip permanent markers (1 fine/extra fine and 1 fine/chisel tip)
  • A set of 6 Sakura Pigma Micron Pens – 005 (0.20 mm), 01 (0.25 mm), 02 (0.30 mm), 03 (0.35 mm), 05 (0.45 mm), and 08 (0.50 mm)
  • Ball Point Pen (black ink)
  • 18” metal ruler (cork or rubber backed)
  • Four rolls of 1” white masking tape (2 for Drawing & Design, 2 for Sculpture)
  • Glue stick (large)
  • 2  8oz. jars of rubber cement (with brush)
  • Rubber cement pickup
  • X-ACTO No. 1 knife
  • 2 packs of #11 X-ACTO blades
  • 1 pair clear, impact resistant, safety glasses
  • 1 pair needle-nose pliers with wire cutters
  • Large tackle or tool box for supplies
  • USB Flash Drive for image storage
  • 2 utility knives with adjustable “snap” blades (1 for Drawing and 1 for Sculpture)
  • 1 measuring tape (25’)
  • One inch, black three-ring binder with an inside flap
  • Pack lined notebook paper
  • 1 pack of Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5” x 11” “Spectrum” 25- Color Assortment, 150 sheets-  (VA II students only)

Note: Spray paints and thinners may not be used of stored in resident hall bedrooms.


What to pack for living in a residence hall

Please limit the amount of belongings that you bring to campus. Bring no more than what would reasonably fit is a passenger vehicle.


Bedding & Accessories

  • Comforter
  • Duvet/duvet cover
  • 2-3 sheet sets
  • Blanket/throw
  • Mattress pad
  • Mattress protector
  • Pillow/protector
  • Body pillow

Desk Organization

  • Desk Lamp or Clip Lamp
  • Desk Organizers
  • Lap Desk
  • Book Light

Storage & Organization

  • Under bed storage containers
  • Stacking drawers
  • Drawer organizers
  • Hangers
  • Closet organizers
  • Accessory organizers
  • Storage totes
  • Storage cart


  • Towels/washcloths
  • Shower tote/caddy
  • Shower slippers/flip flops
  • Toothbrush/soap case
  • Electric toothbrush
  • Hair brush
  • Hair care caddy
  • Hair dryer
  • Make-Up mirror
  • Personal care and grooming items

Electronics and Audio

  • Surge protector
  • Laptop computer and accessories
  • Ear buds
  • Alarm clock
  • Microwave (up to only 700 watts)
  • Mini fridge (No larger than 4 cubic feet)
  • 10/100 Ethernet cable (optional)
  • Multi-plug strip
  • TV and cable cords (optional)
  • Portable phone charger
  • Printer, paper and ink cartridges (optional)

Health & Safety

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Multiple cloth/disposable face coverings (required)
  • Digital thermometer
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Disinfecting sprays
  • Cleaning cloth/all-purpose cleaner


  • Plate, bowl, cup, mug, water bottle and eating utensils
  • Chip clips, can opener and food storage containers
  • Coffeemaker or electric kettle (No hotplates or electric burners allowed)
  • Water pitcher & filters
  • Laundry basket or hamper and laundry detergent
  • Stick vacuum/broom & dust pan
  • Waste basket
  • Umbrella/rain jacket