Fine Arts

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This fine arts web page provides clarification, guidance, and support to fine arts stakeholders, including districts, schools, parents, educators, and students, for the development and implementation of the K–12 fine arts Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).


New fine arts prerequisites document: TEA has created a new reference document to assist educators, counselors, and stakeholders understand the prerequisites for fine arts courses listed under the 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 117.

Readers may find this new reference document under the Additional Fine Arts Resources section

Fine Arts TEKS

The links below provide access to the web-based version of the fine arts Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), which are the state standards for what students should know and be able to do. You can also access a PDF version of the TEKS.

Additional Fine Arts Resources

    The following resource has been provided to assist stakeholders in identifying the prerequisites for TEKS-based fine arts courses.

    In accordance with Proclamation 2015, a review of instructional materials related to fine arts was conducted in summer 2014. The results of this subject-area review can be found in the Currently Adopted Instructional Materials document on the Instructional Materials Division page.

    In accordance with the Texas Administrative Code and local district policy, school districts and open-enrollment charter schools may allow a student to satisfy the fine arts credit required for graduation on the Foundation High School Program by participating in a community-based fine arts program not provided by the district or charter school in which the student is enrolled. The fine arts program must provide instruction in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills identified for fine arts by the State Board of Education.

    School districts and charter schools must apply to the commissioner of education for approval of each community-based fine arts program. Details regarding the application process can be found in the documents listed below:

    For fine arts educators who teach a UIL-sponsored activity, such as marching band, one-act play, or drill team, please refer to the listed resources below for guidance. All other UIL-specific questions should be directed to the UIL office (outside source).

    Other TEA Web Pages Related to Fine Arts



    External Fine Arts Resources

    General Arts Education

    Dance Education

    Music Education

    Theatre Education

    Visual Arts Education

    Contact Information

    Curriculum Standards and Student Support

    (512) 463-9581

    For questions or additional information, please submit a Curriculum Request Form through the TEA Help Desk.

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    Deb Dorman
    Enrichment Director

    Weston Scholten
    Enrichment Specialist

    Barney Fudge
    Health and Physical Education Specialist