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Best high school classes for a career in the arts

How to choose online courses to prepare as an artist, musician, or designer

The world is full of jobs for creative people. Artists, designers, musicians, actors, and writers can all share their creations with a career in the arts. These non-traditional careers offer a lot of personal freedom and can be highly lucrative in the right circumstances. If you want to be successful in the arts, you should start with online art classes from eAchieve Academy.

Our online charter school is FREE for Wisconsin students. We serve students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Sign up for online high school classes through eAchieve Academy to earn your high school diploma and plan out your post-graduate art career.

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High school courses you should take to prepare for a career in a creative field

Recommended high school classes for the arts

To prepare for a career in the arts, you need prepare by taking the right high school classes:

Art courses

Art classes from eAchieve are available at any grade in high school. You can learn fine art photography, digital painting techniques, or art history through our online offerings. These classes are a great opportunity to produce art for your portfolio. Art History is only taught at the AP level. It covers the historical and cultural impact of art around the world.

We also have a drama class for actors who want to learn the basics. The class covers more than memorizing lines; you can learn set design, make-up, costuming, and prop management. At the end of the semester you’ll have the chance to put on a one-act play in front of an audience.

All High School Art Courses

Music courses

Musicians, composers, and singers can both benefit from the music classes available from eAchieve Academy’s online curriculum. Master the guitar or study the effect of music in film. It’s up to you! Music Appreciation and Music Technology are semester-long classes which go deeper into the fundamentals of music.

Our AP Music Theory class is one of the only AP classes available at any grade level. There are no prerequisites for this yearlong class. You’ll learn about basics of pitch, rhythm, and music composition.

All High School Music Courses

Business Education courses

If you are in the arts, you have to be your own boss, manager, and marketer all at once. Business Education classes teach the foundations of entrepreneurship, personal financial planning, and accounting. You’ll learn the value of your work and how to market yourself with these classes.

All High School Business Education Courses

Family & consumer science courses

Many professionals working in the arts benefit from the invaluable decision-making, problem-solving, management, and communication skills developed in high school life skills courses. Whether you work as an independent artist or for an employer, high school classes in fashion, interior design and the culinary arts will build a strong foundation for your career.

All High School Consumer Science Courses

Other ways to prepare for an art career as a student

high school classes needed to become an artistOne of the most important things you can do as a student is start building your portfolio, recording a demo, or filming a reel. You’ll need as many records as possible to showcase your abilities if you apply for an art school. Whatever your plans after high school, use eAchieve Academy career-planning resources to create a path to graduating on time and getting into college.

eAchieve Academy has core classes, electives and service learning courses to meet Wisconsin graduation requirements. All our teachers are Wisconsin-certified teachers averaging 20 or more years of practical classroom experience.

Art school admissions process

Your path after high school will depend on how you want to work in the arts. If you’re an artist or designer, you’ll want to attend a traditional college with a known art program or apply directly to a specialty art and design school. Actors, dancers, and musicians may need to audition for a performing arts school.

Certain fine arts schools require bachelor degrees while others only need a high school diploma. eAchieve Academy graduates have been accepted into colleges and universities across the United States. Set up a career plan with our counselors to ensure you know what your dream school requires for admission.

Find out the top high school classes needed for Wisconsin college admission.

eAchieve Academy has the resources to help you prepare for a career in the arts:

More About eAchieve Academy Online Charter School

A career in the arts requires a lot of self-discipline. Establish good work skills by taking charge of your education with online classes from eAchieve Academy. Our fully accredited, K-12 public charter school offers FREE enrollment and tuition for Wisconsin students under the age of 21. You can earn your high school diploma on your own schedule!

If schools in your area don't offer the art classes you're interested in, you're not limited to the education options in your district. Students in all Wisconsin school districts are welcome to apply at eAchieve and take advantage of our free online classes.

By offering online classes, our elementary, middle, and high school charter students have greater mobility than students at brick-and-mortar schools. Travel to auditions, take time to paint your masterpiece, or find your inspiration. You have more freedom with eAchieve’s online courses.

Sign up for our online classes to get your high school diploma, apply for colleges, and plan your life in the arts. Learn more about how eAchieve Academy online charter school works.

Contact eAchieve for more information or to enroll in high school courses online.
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