The Tennessee Arts Academy consists of two tracks, one geared to elementary/lower middle school teachers and the other designed for upper middle/high school teachers.

Participants are grouped according to their specific teaching assignment. These core areas include courses in visual art, music, and theatre. A special session in Arts Leadership, Administration and Assessment concentrates on school leadership issues, fine arts assessment strategies, arts advocacy and national and state policy concerns. A unique "Trio Track" is additionally offered. This integrated arts track allows participants to attend daily individual classes in music, theatre and visual art.

Two to three core sessions per day are spent in intensive study with a highly trained faculty of national and international experts gathered from both colleges and universities as well as from studios, workplaces and the professional world of the arts. In these classes the latest techniques are applied to instruction and are designed to directly aid participants in their own teaching.