Last month, the Department of Education released the new Georgia Standards for Excellence in media, visual and theater arts, which revises the arts guidelines in the Georgia Performance Standards of 2009.
The state tries to update standards every seven or eight years, but only the main courses were modified in 2009. Some fine arts subjects, like ceramics, were still using standards from the early 1990s, said Jessica Booth, the state’s fine arts specialist.
Nationally, states and districts are trending more toward media arts and making sure they’re offering more than just fine arts courses. Georgia’s new media arts area is a computer-based fusion of the arts, Booth said. It includes everything from animation to graphic design to film, courses that are sure to engage and interest students, said Ben Bridges, director of fine arts and magnet programs for the Bibb district.