Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it’s creative, valuable and accessible.

Arts Award can be achieved at five levels, four qualifications and an introductory award.

Discover

Arts Award Discover is an introductory award open to children and young people aged up to 25.

To achieve an Arts Award Discover, children and young people collect evidence in an individual arts log of their experiences of:

  • taking part in arts activities
  • researching artists or craftspeople and their work
  • sharing their arts discoveries

Explore

Arts Award Explore: Entry Level Award in the Arts (Entry 3) – Qualification number: 600/3894/9

Arts Award Explore is an Entry Level (Entry 3) qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and is open to children and young people aged up to 25.To achieve an Arts Award Explore, children and young people collect evidence in an individual arts log of their experiences of: 

  • taking part in a range of arts activities, including a personal response about what has inspired them about taking part
  • the work of artists and craftspeople and arts organisations
  • creating a piece of art work
  • sharing what they have enjoyed and/or achieved with others

Bronze

Bronze Arts Award: Level 1 Award in the Arts – Qualification number: 501/0081/6

Bronze Arts Award is a Level 1 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and is open to young people aged 11 to 25.

To achieve a Bronze Arts Award, young people collect evidence in an individual arts log or portfolio of their experiences of: 

  • actively participating in any art form
  • evidence of at least one arts event and their review of that event
  • researching the career and work of an artist/craftsperson 
  • passing on an arts skill

Silver

Silver Arts Award: Level 2 Award in the Arts – Qualification number: 500/9914/0

Silver Arts Award is a Level 2 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and is open to young people aged 11 to 25. 

To achieve a Silver Arts Award, young people collect evidence in an individual arts portfolio of their experiences of:

Arts practice and pathways

  • identifying and planning an arts challenge
  • implementing and reviewing the arts challenge
  • reviewing arts events and sharing their views
  • researching future opportunities and careers in the arts

Arts leadership

  • identifying a leadership role and planning the project’s aims
  • planning the practical issues
  • being an effective arts leader
  • working effectively with others
  • reviewing their project and leadership role

Gold

Gold Arts Award: Level 3 Certificate in the Arts – Qualification number: 500/9666/7

Gold Arts Award is a Level 3 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and is open to young people aged 11 to 25.  The award has 16 points on the UCAS tariff.  

To achieve a Gold Arts Award, young people collect evidence in an individual arts portfolio of their experiences of:

Personal arts development

  • extending their own arts practice, experience another art and create new work
  • being involved in the world of the arts, through placements, volunteering, training and research
  • reviewing arts events and finding out about artists or craftspeople and their careers
  • researching and making the case for an arts issue

Leadership of an arts project

  • planning a project, identifying the project’s aims and outcomes
  • organising the people and resources
  • delivering the project and managing the effectiveness of the project
  • managing a public showing of the work
  • reviewing their leadership development and finding effective ways to collect and evaluate feedback from participants, audience members and other stakeholders
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