Department of Defense Education Activity

Fine Arts

When Winston Churchill was asked to cut arts funding in favour of the war effort, he simply replied: "then what are we fighting for?"

The DoDEA K - grade 12 arts program has fully implemented the DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards for Art (CCRSA) in all fine arts programs for school year 2017-2018.

The central purposes of the DoDEA CCRSA are to identify the learning that we want for all of our students and to drive improvement in the education system that delivers that learning. Our Arts standards, therefore, embody the key concepts, processes and traditions of study in each subject area, and articulate the aspirations of those invested in our schools-students, teachers, administrators, and the military community at large. The College and Career Ready Standards for the Arts integrate the processes, skills and knowledge, sample assessments, and criteria for successful learning into a single organized system that spans K- grade 12; aligned to the philosophical foundations and lifelong goals of our students. Rooted in backward design, our outcomes-based approach to the arts curriculum and instruction emanates from four artistic processes; eleven anchor standards, and performance standards that encompass the Kindergarten through grade 12 instructional programs.

The standards are organized by discipline (Music, Theatre and Visual Arts) around four artistic processes:

1. Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work.
2. Performing/Presenting/Producing:

  • Performing (dance, music, theatre): Realizing artistic ideas and work through interpretation and presentation
  • Presenting (visual arts): Interpreting and sharing artistic work
  • Producing (media arts): Realizing and presenting artistic ideas and work

3. Responding: Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning.
4. Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context.

As DoDEA students create and present their art, they learn that the arts are part of basic human communication and connect how to use the arts to respond to the world around them. Students learn to articulate specific meaning through their choices in the use of various arts elements, as they apply the principles of design. The four Artistic Processes are further defined by 11 Anchor Standards; and each Anchor Standard has numerous Performance Standards.

DoDEA schools provide three arts disciplines: Music, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts (includes Media Arts courses); and Humanities courses.

DoDEA provides 60 minutes of weekly instruction for Kindergarten - grade 5 students in both art and music as two separate content areas. In grades 6 - 12, instructional time is based on course enrollment.

DoDEA requires high school students to successfully complete 1 art credit to meet graduation requirements. High school fine arts classes give students opportunities to specialize in specific aspects of their elective arts discipline or explore general topics.

Contact Information:

DoDEA Fine Arts Instructional Systems Specialist
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria VA 22350-1400
Phone: 571-372-6027