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 Fine Arts


Arts education in Georgia includes the study of dance, media arts, music, theatre/film, and visual arts. High school students have the opportunity to achieve a Fine Arts Diploma Seal while completing a Career Pathway in dance, music, theatre/film, and visual art.  ​


1. **NEW** The Georgia ​Fine Arts Data Dashboard has Launched! Please view it below and see arts access in your school district. GA Arts Data Dashboard​

Rules and Guidance​​

Official List of State Funded Fine Arts Courses 

Arts course names, state numbers, and course descriptions for all five subject areas are listed below. Teachers should use these course descriptions to guide instruction in addition to the standards for their area. 

Fine Arts Standards

​Please visit  to view and download the Georgia Standards of Excellence in the Arts. ​

Instruct​ional Resource​s for Teachers

Instructional resources include examples of year-long curriculum maps, unit plans, lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, instructional videos, and assessments. These resources are in the GA Teacher Resource Link and may also be found by downloading the PDF links highlighted in green below. 

Arts Integration Frameworks ​

  • ​K-5 resources for general education teachers and elementary level art and music teachers. 

Dance Instructional Frameworks ​
  • K-5 Dance, 6-8 Dance, HS: Classical and Contemporary Partnering I, Ballet I, Dance I, Dance for Theatre I, Jazz Dance I, Dance Composition I, Modern Dance I​, World Dance Forms I​
Media Arts Instructional Frameworks ​ ​
  • ​HS Media Arts I
Music Instructional Frameworks​  ​​​
  • K- 5 General Music, General Music 6-8 Band: 6-8 Chorus, 6-8 Orchestra, Music Technology 7-8, HS Beginning Band I, HS Beginning Chorus I, HS Beginning Orchestra I, HS Music Technology I​, Guitar I, and Piano I.
Theatre & Film Instructio​nal Frameworks​ 
  • Theatre & Film K-5, ​Theatre & film 6-8, HS: Acting I & II, ​Advanced Drama I, Acting and Production in Film I, Dramatic Writing I, Theatre History and Literature I, ​Fundamentals of Theatre I, Musical Theatre I, Tech Theatre I
Visual Art Instructional Frameworks​
  • Visual Art K-5, Visual Art 6-8, HS: Applied Design I, Art History I, Ceramics I & II, Digital Design I, Drawing I, Painting I, Drawing and Painting I & II, Fashion Design I, Graphics I, Jewelry and Metalcrafts I, Photography I, Printmaking I, Sculpture I & II, Visual Art Comprehensive I, II, & III.

Professional Learning Opportunities​

GaDOE Community 

​In 2020, we created online Professional Learning Communities for all Fine Arts teachers led by exemplary teachers from across Georgia in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. In our PLCs, you will find short webinars, discussions, and one on one help. Sign up for this free opportunity below. 

Dance K-12 PLC

Music Professional Learning Community 

Theatre & Film Professional Learning Community  

Visual Art Professional Learning Community 


GADOE Fine Arts Department does free Professional Learning for school districts and RESA's in Georgia.  Book below. 


​These free webinars are designed by our staff and are asynchronous and under an hour. You are able to stop and start the webinars and will get a certificate of completion. ​

DANCE Webinars

MUSIC Webinars

  1. Differentiation in the Music Classroom
  2. Behavior Basics: ​De-Escalation Strategies for the Music Educator
  3. The Balancing Act: Rebalancing Technology vs. Traditional Music Teaching Methods​
  4. Making Music Magic on a Shoestring Budget​
  5. Assessment in the Music Classroom​ 
  6. ​​TKES in the Music Classroom​
  7. ​​Ukulele 101 for the K-5 General Music Teacher​
  8. ​​Instructional Planning for the Music Educator 
  9. Exceptional Children in the Music Classroom 
  10. Bravo Behavior!
  11. It's A Mystery! Making Mysterious Lessons for the Elementary Music Classroom! ​
  12. ​Music for the Early Childhood Educator (Self-Paced course available now in the GA Learns)
  13. ​Digital Teaching & the Arts (Self-Paced Video Training - ​Click the words Digital Teaching & the Arts in green to download)​​

THEATRE & FILM​ Webinars


  1.  ​Behavior Basics: ​De-Escalation Strategies for the Fine Arts Educator​​
  2. ​Adaptive Art for Exceptional Children in the Visual Art Classroom​ - Modifying Materials​
  3. Adaptive Art for Exceptional Children in the Visual Art Classroom​ - Working with Students with Autism
  4. Adaptive Art for Exceptional Children in the Visual Art Classroom​ - Working with Students with Limited Sight
  5. Adaptive Art for Exceptional Children in the Visual Art Classroom​ - Tips and Tricks for Adapting Art for Students with Disabilities
  6. Critiquing with Kindness (Visual Art): Teaching Students to Engage in Meaningful Critiques
  7. Let's Get Visual Part 1- Inquiry-Based Instructional Activities that SWIRL with Social Studies
  8. Let's Get Visual Part 2 - Arts Integration with Social Studies Classes 
  9. Journal As Reflective Practice 
  10. Using Social Media for Arts Advocacy 101 
  11. Educating the Whole Child: Utilizing Title Funding to Support the Arts 
  12. Visual Art for the Early Childhood Educator (Self-Paced Course available now in GA Learns)​
  13. ​Digital Teaching & the Arts ​

Frequent​ly Requested Information​​​​

GA Arts Education Data Dashboard

​​The Georgia Insights Arts Education Data Dashboard allows users to view arts access statewide, see arts courses taught by school, and the number of art disciplines taught (dance, music, theatre, visual, and media arts). Use the dashboard to see arts access in your district! GA Arts Data Dashboard​

Fine Arts High School Pathways and Diploma Seal

Georgia public high school students may complete a Fine Arts Pathway in Dance, Music, Theatre/Film, or Visual Art by taking a series of 3 full credits in one fine art subject area. There are no end of Pathway tests for the four Fine Arts Pathways. 

Students who complete a pathway and an additional fourth credit in the​ arts or creative industry course, complete 20 hours of arts-related community service, participate in arts-related clubs, and complete a capstone project are eligible for the Fine Arts Diploma Seal in public school districts that have applied to award the seal. 

The school district application deadline is rolling until February 15th. Each month submitted applications will be reviewed for approval. Districts who had their applications accepted previously do not need to resubmit. 

Districts are responsible for submitting qualifying seniors to the Fine Arts Program Manager by April 15th annually. 

Arts Integration School of Excellence Award 

The Georgia Department of Education recognizes schools with the Creative School, Arts Integration School of Excellence Award. The winners are schools where all students have access to arts integration in every subject, and there is both rigor and relevance in the arts integration programming. Arts integration professional development is ongoing, the program is well-organized, and the school involves the community in the arts.
Application materials are due to Jessica Booth on April 15th annually. 
​Download the Creative​ School Award package at the link below: ​

stART Grant
Rural Georgia schools are eligible to apply to receive the stART grant to increase arts education classes during the school day. The grant application process for 2022-23 has closed. Competitive Grants

Fine Arts Opportunities for Students

State and National Arts Education Organizations

Fine Arts Teacher Certification

​Contact the Georgia Professional Standards Commission regarding certification at (800) 869-7775 or email:​

 Contact Information

Jessica Booth 
Fine Arts Program Manager
Phone: 404-567-0369
Paul McClain
Fine Arts Specialist

Casey Hall
Fine Arts Specialist​
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