Arts Award is...
• a great way for children and young people to be inspired by and enjoy the arts
• offered at five levels, four accredited and one introductory award
• a framework for learning new skills and sharing them
• an opportunity to develop creativity and leadership skills
• a link between young people and creative arts professionals
Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that support anyone up to 25 grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form - from fashion to film making, pottery to poetry.
Through Arts Award young people gain a nationally recognised qualification enabling them to progress into further education and employment. Arts Award has five levels, four of which (Explore, Bronze, Silver, Gold) are accredited qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). Arts Award Discover is an introductory level.
Your Arts Award can be based around any arts or media activity, and you can complete it in a wide variety of settings – like youth clubs, arts centres, schools, colleges, theatres or community groups.
There are no entry requirements, no time limit for completing the award, and no set rules on how to present final work. Young people just need to be aged under 25, and ready to explore new creative experiences.
Doing an Arts Award
As they work towards Arts Award, children and young people collect evidence of what they have done and reflect on their experiences. At Discover, Explore and Bronze they can choose to use the specially designed arts logs – or you can create your own to fit your project or the young people you’re working with. Evidence can also be collected in any format that works for them and you: a folder, sketchbook, video diary, a website or blog.
At all levels, children and young people work with an Arts Award adviser. This is a trained adult who supports young people in gaining arts experiences, provides guidance and assesses arts logs and portfolios. Teachers, teaching assistants, museum learning staff, art practitioners, youth workers and volunteers can all train as advisers.
Find out more about Arts Award - watch our short film with young people who've achieved Arts Award talking about their experiences here.
Do what inspires you. It’s your Arts Award
Find out what inspires you, share your talents, and you’ll walk away with an award that makes a real difference in the world of work and the arts.
Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England. Employers and colleges recognise it as proof of your skills and commitment.
Find out more and get going with Arts Award today
The qualification can be achieved across the UK. Visit Arts Award near you to find your nearest Arts Award centre.