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
Looking for a case study in a particular type of setting, such as a school, or arts and cultural organisation? Then take a look at the In your setting pages or visit the adviser hub to search our full range of case studies.
If you would like to share your Arts Award Silver story, please complete our delivery questionnaire.
Lots more Silver stories are available on Arts Award Voice, our online magazine for young people aged 13 to 25. You can search for case studies, and the young people you're working with can also post their own stories to share.
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.