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.
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 Georgiastandards.org to view and download the Georgia Standards of Excellence in the Arts.
Professional Learning Opportunities
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.
VISUAL & MEDIA ARTS Webinars
Instructional Resources for Fine Arts Teachers and Parents
Instructional resources include examples of year-long scope and sequence maps, unit plans, lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, instructional videos, and diagnostic, formative, and summative 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
Theatre & Film Instructional Frameworks
- K- 5 General Music, General Music 6, HS Band I, HS Chorus I, HS Orchestra I, HS Music Technology I
Visual Art Instructional Frameworks
- Theatre & Film 6-8, HS Acting I, HS Advanced Drama I, HS Acting and Production in Film I, HS Dramatic Writing I, HS Fundamentals of Theatre I, HS Musical Theatre I, HS Tech Theatre I
- Visual Art K-8, HS Art History I, HS Ceramics I, HS Drawing and Painting I, HS Graphics I, HS Jewelry I, HS Photography I, HS Printmaking I, HS Sculpture I, HS Visual Art Comprehensive I
- These example fine arts digital lesson plans are for teachers and parents and are easy-to-use and include both “plugged and unplugged” activities for use in a virtual teaching environment.
In response to COVID-19, the Georgia Department of Education partnered with Georgia Public Broadcasting
to launch the Georgia Home Classroom
. Georgia families and teachers can access K-12 resources produced by Georgia teachers that are aligned to the Georgia Standards of Excellence.
The Essential Toolkit
We also provide many other free
instructional resources aligned to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). These resources were selected by GA DOE content area specialists, to be used by Georgia teachers. Please visit GeorgiaStandards.Org
and the Essential Toolkit
Frequently 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, 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 school districts that have applied to award the seal.
The 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:
Fine Arts Consumable and Equipment Grant
Georgia Fine Arts teachers will be eligible to apply to receive a Fine Arts Consumables and Equipment (FACE) Grant to increase arts education quality during the school day. The 2022 FACE grant application window is closed.
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. Gadoe.org/IVA Competitive Grants
Fine Arts Opportunities for Students
State and National Arts Education Organizations