1 Year of Fine Art or CTE

1 Year of Fine Art or CTE

Arizona universities require that all students complete at least 1 year of fine arts courses.  These types of courses include the visual arts (painting, ceramics, photography), music (band, orchestra, chorus), and theatre.  Some Arizona universities will also accept courses such as graphic design or media arts in this category as well.  Please verify with your school counselor to verify your fine art course will count toward the university requirement.

Although Arizona Universities only require 1 year of fine arts, you can definitely take extra years.  This is especially important if you would like to study in a fine arts major, as most fine art programs have additional requirements beyond general university admissions.


Although you should always plan to complete the Sweet 16 courses, you could have up to 1 year missing in the fine arts category and still be admitted (assuming you have completed all the coursework in at least four of the remaining five areas of study). 

How to Plan for Fine Arts

Below is a chart that can provide an idea of which classes a student should be taking each year to complete 1 year of fine art.  Extra years are marked with an * in the chart below.  This chart is only an example of possible course combinations a student might complete.  You should always consult your school counselor each year when designing your schedule, and identify yourself as a "college-bound" student.

  Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
TYPICAL     Fine Art Course I  
HONORS   Fine Art Course I Fine Art Course II  
ADVANCED Fine Art Course I Fine Art Course II Fine Art Course III Fine Art Course IV