Fine Arts for College Credit
Most general Associate of Arts and Associate of Science (2 year) degrees have at least 1 “Fine Arts” requirement (3 college credits), and you can usually fill that in high school.
Exception: if your teen is headed into a fine arts college, a music conservatory, or other highly specialized area of fine arts education, you’ll want to check with target colleges before accumulating a lot of college credit in high school. Specialized art/music colleges sometimes have a policy against accepting transfer credit of any kind, but may allow your teen use Advanced Placement exam scores to boost their admissions application.
The list of acceptable “Fine Arts” courses will differ slightly by institution, but the following courses will do the trick most of the time.
- Music Theory
- Music Performance
- Art History
- Studio Art
Ways to Fill a College Fine Arts Requirement in High School
Dual Enrollment (contact your local Community College for information)
- Dual enrollment has the highest probability of transfer assuming the target college accepts transfer credit. Dual enrollment credit earned in high school is not considered “transfer credit” by most schools, but does carry a grade as part of the student’s permanent record.
Credit by Exam (CLEP, AP, DSST, Saylor, ECE/Uexcel)
- Credit by Exam (CBE) acceptance varies dramatically. CBE credit earned in high school is not considered “transfer credit” and generally does not carry a grade (pass/fail only).
Non-College ACE Credit (Straighterline, Sophia, Study, ed4credit, Propero)
- ACE Credit is generally not accepted except when a partnership exists. Some companies, like Straighterline, and Studycom have credit-transfer-guarantee partnerships with more than 100 colleges. If you’re teen will attend a partner college, transfer will be seamless. ACE credit earned in high school is not considered “transfer credit” and generally does not carry a grade (pass/fail only).
Credit by Exam
(last update: 09/02/2018)
|EXAM NAME||EXAMS OFFERED||COST||LINK|
|Advanced Placement (AP)||Art History (6 cr.)
Studio Art (6 cr.)
|$93||Official AP Page|
|DSST||Art of the Western World (3 cr.)||$80 + local proctor fee (~$20)||Official DSST Page|
|CLEP||American Literature (3 cr.)
English Literature (3 cr.)
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature (3 cr.)
Humanities (6 cr.)
|$80 + local proctor fee (~$20)||Official CLEP Page\|
|Excelsior College Exam (ECE / Uexcel)||Introduction to Music (3 cr.)||$63+ $60 local proctor fee||Official Uexcel Page|
|Saylor||NONE||$0 + $25 webcam proctor fee||Official Saylor Page|
Non-College ACE Credit Courses
(last update: 09/02/2018)
|COMPANY NAME||COURSES OFFERED||COST||LINK|
|Shmoop||NO LONGER RECOMMENDED|
|Study.com||Introduction to Humanities (3 cr.)
History of Western Art 1 (3 cr.)
History of Western Art 2 (3 cr.)
|$199/mo. subscribe. Limit 2 courses per month||Study.com|
|Sophia||Visual Communications (3 cr.)
Introduction to Art History (3 cr.)
|$329 per class||Sophia|
|Straighterline||NONE||$99/mo. subscribe + $59 per class||Straighterline|
|Ed4Credit||Literature (3 cr.)
Film Appreciation (3 cr.)
|$195 per class||Ed4Credit|