3 Ways to Earn Fine Arts Credit for a Homeschool Transcript

My homeschooling high schoolers have always loved earning their fine arts credits. While they were only required to show 1 fine arts credit on their transcript, all of my kids earned 1 or more EACH year!

3 Ways to Earn Fine Arts Credit for a Homeschool Transcript

3 Ways to Earn Fine Arts Credits for a Homeschool Transcript

Most homeschooled high schoolers need to show at least one fine arts credit on their transcript.

There are lots of good ways to do that. Here are some ideas:

1) Log hours to earn a Carnegie Credit (120-135 hours according to your umbrella school or state requirements- click here for how-to’s)

Your homeschooling high schooler can log hours for art lessons, voice lessons, piano, guitar, church praise band, choirs, band, ballet (if they don’t need the hours for physical education), drama productions (try Drama Camp– it’s fun!), filmmaking, and more.

3 Ways to Earn Fine Arts Credit for Homeschool Transcript
My daughter studied photography in high school and competed in regional fine arts competitions.

If they are not creatively minded, it is good to expose them to a number of different arts experiences and log those hours. Take your teen to classical music concerts, drama productions, art museums, and local arts and crafts fairs.

For more ideas along this line, download our, Fine Arts for Non-Artsy People.

2) Work through a curriculum 

3) Take a for-credit course (with homeschool group or community college)

The 7 Sisters’ kids have earned fine arts credits in lots of different areas:


Our homeschool high schoolers have loved Sabrina’s drama

Acting and Directing

camps and classes. (Click here for her drama resources.) They have also participated in church and community performances.


Our teens have participated in local homeschool choirs and orchestras, theory classes, music lessons, music recording and performance, and worship teams.


Some of our high schoolers have taken classes or lessons in photography, drawing, and painting.


Some of our teens have joined homeschool filmmaking clubs, classes, and productions.


3 Ways to Earn Fine Arts Credit for Homeschool Transcript
My son preparing to sing a solo with homeschool choir

Some of our kids earned credit in appreciation by attending performances, visiting museums, studying textbooks)

-Art History, Music History, Drama History

Some of our high schoolers enjoyed texts integrated into homeschool co-op classes.

-Media Production

Some of our teens found apprenticeship experiences in video production, movies, audio recording, and vlogs.

Here is a Vlog by Sabrina’s son, Sam and my son, Ezra: Manasseh King of Judah

Transcripts look good with fine arts, but more importantly our kids have enriched lives, increased skills, (and for some- career preparation).

What are some ways your homeschoolers have done fine arts?

Read 5 reasons to include fine arts in your homeschool.

Click here to see what HSLDA has to say about elective possibilities in high school.

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Vicki Tillman

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2 Replies to “3 Ways to Earn Fine Arts Credit for a Homeschool Transcript”

  1. How long must an art class run, or how many art classes are given to homeschoolers per session. In other words, would you have a 6 week class once a week, or maybe a 12 week?
    Thx, rebecca

    • Hi Rebecca,

      That is a good question. We have found that co-op Fine Arts classes often need close to 2 hours to actually complete a project.

      For the number of classes you need, it is according to the amount of credit you are interested in. 1 credit is usually 135-180 hours of educational activity. If you are looking for a full credit, and co-op class is 2 hours for 30 weeks, then you’ll need to also give the teens 4.5-6 hours *homework*. This can be a combination of videos, daily free sketching or nature notebooking, readings or other projects.

      For 1/2 credit, simply halve the hours. For 1/4 credit, you’ll only need 1/4 of those hours.

      Does that answer your question?

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