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Arts Award portfolios can be created in any format that suits your project and the young people you work with, from sketch books to blogs.
For inspiration on building portfolios take a look at our resource Evidencing Achievement with lots of tips and examples, also check out the range of videos from young people about their portfolios on Arts Award Voice.
If you are working with young people with learning difficulties then our resource Evidencing Arts Award: Young people with learning difficulties gives tips and real examples of how young people with learning difficulties can evidence their Arts Award achievements.
Let these and the examples below inspire you, but think about how to support the young people you work with to develop their own style. What formats will work best for them and for the projects you are working on?

Building portfolios in hard copy format

We have a range of resources to support you to build portfolios and arts logs with young people:

  • A range of free downloadable resources to support you to build Arts Award portfolios are available from the resource library on the adviser hub. These include portfolio building templates for Discover, Explore, BronzeUnit 1 and Unit 2 of Silver and Unit 1 and Unit 2 of Gold. We also host arts logs designed for young people aged 11+ who are completing Discover and Explore
  • BronzeSilver and Gold hubs at Arts Award Voice offer step by step guidance for young people on completing these levels
  • For Discover, Explore and Bronze, there are a range of arts logs designed for different age groups that you can buy. The logs can be used as activity books to collect evidence for the different sections and help advisers to assess the work. These are available from the Arts Award shop
  • Many centres also design their own arts logs or templates, please use our guidelines when developing them and feel free to send them to us to take a look at before delivery. 

Building portfolios digitally

Young people can make all or part of their Arts Award portfolio in digital formats or online. They can use free online tools like Blogspot or WordPress, or upload work to social networking sites like Facebook, Flickr or Vimeo. Download our free resource on some of the digital platforms that other centres have used.

Arts Award on Voice highlights a range of digital portfolio tools and also gives some real life examples of how young people have used them. They have also produced a handy guide on how you as advisers can use Arts Award on Voice as a support resources but also to support young people to create parts of their portfolio.

If you create digital portfolios you can submit them via our online moderation option.