Art & Design Careers

Best high school classes for a career in the arts

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.

How to Become an Artist in Wisconsin

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the arts in Wisconsin, eAchieve Online K-12 School can help you develop the skills and creativity you need to succeed. A career in the arts can involve a wide range of fields, including visual arts, performing arts, and digital media. To become an artist, you’ll typically need to develop a strong portfolio of your work, gain experience through internships or work experience, and pursue advanced degrees for certain positions. At eAchieve, we offer a variety of courses in the arts, including visual arts, music, and media production, to help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed. Additionally, we offer specialized programs in areas such as graphic design and digital media to help you prepare for careers in these rapidly growing fields. Our experienced faculty and personalized attention can help you develop your artistic talents, build a strong portfolio, and navigate the college admissions process. If you’re ready to pursue a career in the arts, eAchieve can help you get started on your path to success. Learn more about how our free online school for Wisconsin students works, or view info on enrollment.

Preparing For Your Career

One 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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General Art & Design

  • Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Designer
  • Musician
  • Music therapist
  • Actor
  • Stage technician or director
  • Dancer
  • Author
  • Photographer
  • Editor
  • Chef or baker
  • Art historian
  • Art curator
  • Art consultant or buyer
  • Art therapist
  • Art educator
  • Stylist
  • Clothing designer
  • Interior designer
  • Web designer


  • Landscape architect
  • Civil engineer
  • City or urban planner
  • Construction consultant
  • Remodeling or interior design
  • Digital designer
  • Building restoration architect
  • Lighting technician
  • Furniture designer

Video Game Designer

  • Graphic designer
  • Video game tester
  • Video game producer
  • Software developer
  • Computer programmer
  • Tech support
  • Animator
  • Artist
  • Marketer


  • Reporter
  • Editor
  • News anchor
  • Local correspondent or specialist
  • Blogger or vlogger
  • Magazine contributor
  • Photojournalist
  • Communications liaison
  • Public relations specialist
  • Marketer
  • Advertising copywriter
  • Broadcast news analyst

Makeup Artist

  • Cosmetologist
  • Nail technician
  • Hair stylist or hairdresser
  • Barber
  • Aesthetician
  • Salon and spa manager
  • Massage therapist
  • Personal stylist

Enjoyable Job

Enjoyable Job

Work that doesn't seem like work. Art careers allow you to get paid while pursuing your passion for creativity. Enjoy working while doing what you love.

High Earnings

High Earnings

Art careers are unique in that there is potential for high earnings by working hard. Successful artists have the skills and the ability to market their art well.

Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

An art career is not your traditional job. Art, can be flexible, it normally can be done when you have a client request or when inspiration strikes.

Variety of Work

Variety of Work

There are many different mediums to dive into. Many artists dabble in several areas of art mediums to maximize their skills and earnings.



Although there are art schools and art programs available, you can be self-taught in many skills without paying big bucks for every class.

Other Job Options

Other Job Options

Other jobs related to the art field include positions at art museums and galleries as curators and historians and school art instructors.

Enrolling in online school can be a difficult transition for students transferring from traditional brick-and-mortar schools. Students are expected to be more independent and self-disciplined. Virtual education requires a broader skillset than traditional schools. eAchieve Academy gives every student access to counselors throughout their online academic career.

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