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 Fine Arts

In Georgia, Fine Arts education includes the study of dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. 

The Georgia Fine Arts Diploma Seal and Career Pathways were developed for each subject area and are guides for planning high school elective choice s. A wide variety of elective courses are offered at Georgia schools at the secondary level in dance, music, theatre, visual and media arts and are chosen by local systems and schools to benefit their students. 

In addition to classroom instruction, there are many activities that help students master Fine Arts content and skills such as local, regional and national arts shows, performances and contests. Community arts partnerships and arts integration into core curricular areas are also part of students Fine Arts education opportunities. A list of resources is at the bottom of this webpage.

Fine Arts Standards 

The Georgia Standards of Excellence have been created in Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Art. Full adoption of Media Arts, Theatre, and Visual Art begins in the 2018-19 school year and in the Music and Dance full adoption begins in 2019-2010 school year.

Georgia Standards of Excellence 

  • Please visit  to view and download the Fine Arts Georgia Standards of Excellence. 

 Georgia Fine Arts Course Numbers and Course Descriptions

Fine 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. 

Georgia Fine Arts High School Pathways

Georgia public high school students may complete a Fine Arts Pathway in Dance, Music, Theatre, or Visual Art by taking a series of 3 full credits in one fine arts subject area. 

Georgia Fine Arts Diploma Seal

The goal of the Fine Arts Diploma Seal is to create students who are prepared for college and career in these fine arts-related industries. 

The application deadline annually is September 15th. Districts who had their applications accepted previously do not need to resubmit. Schools and districts are responsible for submitting qualifying seniors to the Fine Arts Program Specialist by April 15th annually. 

GA STEAM Certification for Schools - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics

Arts Opportunities for Students

State Arts Learning Organizations

National Arts Learning Organizations

Helpful Links 


 Contact Information

Jessica L. Booth Ed.S
Fine Arts Program Specialist
Phone: 404-567-0369

Paul McClain
Fine Arts Program Specialist
Phone: 404-463-0589