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Fine and Performing Arts | 2025 E. Winsett, Tucson, AZ 85719 | (520) 225-4900 | joan.ashcraft@tusd1.org

Steps to Qualify

To qualify for the Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency, a student will complete:

  1. A final GPA of 3.0 or 4.0 in each qualifying arts/career and technical education (CTE) course.
  2. Four (4) minimum credit requirements in one of the following ways:
    1. A minimum of four (4) credits in one artistic discipline: (dance, music, theatre, visual arts, or media arts)
      OR
    2. Three (3) credits in one artistic discipline, and 1 qualifying creative industries CTE credit or separate artistic discipline.
      OR
    3. Two (2) credits in one artistic discipline, and two (2) credits in a qualifying creative industries CTE course or separate artistic discipline.
  3. 45 hours of arts related extracurricular activities
  4. A student capstone project

More information and practice for extracurricular activities, student Capstone projects, and approved CTE courses can be found in the ADE Arts Education Proficiency Seal Guidance (in PDF).

Arizona Arts Proficiency Seal

We invite our students to qualify for the Arizona Arts Proficiency Seal.

Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency

The Arizona Arts Proficiency Seal was adopted to celebrate students who demonstrate high levels of proficiency in the Arizona Arts Education Standards through personal expression and creative experiences in arts education programs.

This program also identifies pathways of artistic literacy that cultivate skills for 21st Century success. Its goal is to prepare students for college and career readiness, including active participation in the creative industries sector. The program is designed to promote access to well-rounded, high quality arts education across the state. Tucson Unified Fine and Performing Arts provides programs which fulfill these goals, and we are excited that our students have the opportunity to be recognized for their excellence.

What does it mean to qualify for the seal?

Students who qualify for the Arizona Arts Proficiency Seal are recognized for their high level of profiency. The seal appears on their graduation certificates and will be recorded on their transcripts. Any student who receives the seal and is successful in gaining admission to the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona will automatically be awarded a $1000 scholarship.

How to qualify

Teachers: See the information at the right for more details about the process.

Students: Talk with your fine and performing arts teachers to find out how you can qualify!

Questions?

Call Fine and Performing Arts for more information, (520) 225-4900.

TUSD's 2020 Arizona Arts Seal Recipients

46 TUSD Graduating Seniors Receive The Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency in Spring 2020

In the inaugural year of Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency, 2019-2020, 46 TUSD scholars from eight district high schools created capstone projects in music, dance, visual art, theater, and media arts that were adjudicated to be worthy of recognition from the Arizona Department of Education.

Even though the final semester for the class of 2020 has been filled with many challenges, the committee charged with vetting the students' art did not want their hard work to be overlooked. The school closure prompted students to creatively design methods to present their work online and final interviews were conducted through Zoom.

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Deadlines

  • Monday, December 7, 2020 – Submit Intent to Apply to Art Mentor Teacher
  • Friday, December 11, 2020 – Art Mentor Teacher submits application to Fine Arts Director
  • March 2021Capstone Project Presentations
  • Friday, April 16, 2021 – TUSD Fine Arts Director will submit names of students who have completed requirements and qualify for the Seal of Arts Proficiency
  • Monday May 3, 2021– Seals received in FA Department and prepared for attachment to diplomas

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