Young people challenge themselves and build creativity
Silver Arts Award, a Level 2 qualification on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). It has two units – Unit 1: arts practice and Unit 2: arts leadership. Doing Silver involves achieving an arts challenge, reviewing arts events, researching artists and arts organisations, and delivering an arts leadership project with other people.
Young people need to plan their work with an adviser and keep a record by creating their own Arts Award portfolio. Young people can pick their own style of portfolio – this could be a diary, video, website blog – or something different altogether. Silver has been designed for young people aged 14 to 25.
There are no entry requirements or set time limit for completing Silver Arts Award. It will take young people around 60 hours to complete their Silver award.
Employers, universities and colleges know that Arts Award is a qualification that shows young people’s level of commitment and progress in the arts, and in developing new skills.
Find out about how others have delivered Arts Award
Case studies illustrating how centres in a variety of settings have delivered Silver Arts Award can be read here. Looking for a case study in a particular type of setting, such as a school, arts and cultural organisation? Then take a look at the In your setting pages.
The Silver Arts Award booklet is essential as a guide for young people working towards Silver. The booklet guides the young person through each part, advises on how to build their portfolio and comes with a handy checklist, and can be ordered from the online shop.
To get started with Arts Award, you or someone at your organisation needs to train as an Arts Award adviser by attending a Bronze & Silver adviser training course. Advisers support each young person and assess their progress.