The Arts

At Riordan, the arts are a platform for both creative and analytical development; the skills learned in these realms will help students lead in our media-rich society.

In School Academic Offerings

Riordan offers more than 20 arts courses in drawing, design, digital and web development, music, acting, and more.


  • Digital Media
  • Motion Graphics
  • Graphic Design and Laser Printing
  • Fabrication Lab
  • Web Design


  • Instrumental Music Ensemble
  • Intermediate Band
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band


  • Photography and Blogging
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Art Portfolio Development


  • Video Production
  • Telecast (Crusader Nation, Riordan's student news show)

Students interested in television can become producers, directors, and presenters on the school’s daily news show. Watch the trailer!


  • Acting
  • Technical Theatre/Stagecraft

After School Offerings

From playing an instrument in the marching band to performing in a play, Riordan students have a number of after school opportunities to get involved with the arts beyond what we offer during the school day.

Fall Play and Spring Musical

There are opportunities to take acting classes at all levels, and perform in Riordan's after-school productions. More Information

The Band

Most students in the bands come to Riordan with no previous musical training, but go on to represent the school as one of the most sought after performers in the Bay Area. More Information