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Ten things you should know about Arts Award

  • Arts Award's unique qualifications support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders
  • Arts Award is open to anyone aged up to 25, and embraces all interests and backgrounds
  • Arts Award has five levels, four of which are on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)
  • Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England working with 10 regional Bridge organisations
  • Since Arts Award was launched in 2005 563,973 awards have been achieved by young people (correct as of 1 September 2020).
  • The programme develops creativity, leadership and communication skills. Through Arts Award young people learn to work independently, helping them to prepare for further education and employment
  • Young people can achieve an award through any arts, media or cultural activity, such as music, literature, film-making or drama, and through technical and support roles such as arts marketing, stage lighting and web design
  • Young people develop knowledge and understanding of their chosen art forms but art form skills levels are not set 


  • Young people work with a trained Arts Award adviser who supports them to achieve their aspirations. The adviser will usually be a professional artist, teacher or youth worker


  • Young people work towards their Arts Award at an Arts Award centre. Any organisation which supports young people’s arts activities can register as a centre if it employs or links with an Arts Award adviser. A centre may be a school, arts gallery, theatre, college, youth club, library, museum or arts project 


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