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Arts Award recognises the widest possible range of arts activity.
  • Performing arts (for example, all kinds of music, dance, drama, storytelling, circus, mime, carnival, musical theatre)
  • Visual arts, craft and design (for example, drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, printmaking)
  • Literature (for example, poetry, fiction, journalism, scriptwriting)
  • Digital and media (for example, 'digital making' using code, photography, film, video, computer arts, games design, recorded music, live/performance art)
  • Wider arts practice (for example arts marketing, producing, arts administration)
  • Museum practice (for example as curation and interpretation)
Young people can take part in many different ways – not only as creators of their own work, but also, for example, as performers, backstage crew, front of house staff, technicians, web designers, camera men/women, editors, promoters, DJs, costume designers, or prop makers.
 
Young people can also take part in more than one art form as part of their Arts Award and in fact we positively encourage this at the Discover and Explore levels.
 
If in doubt whether an art form or project might fit:
  • First ask yourself the question: is there a qualification that would fit it better, i.e. sports/cookery etc? Am I just trying to squeeze it into the Arts Award for the sake of it?
  • Consider the creative input of what you are proposing, as it will be assessed on your creativity.
  • Use our appropriate art forms to help link it back to an art form area.

 

Examples

A young person is interested in cake decoration - they can do their Arts Award based on the designs of any decorations. They will not meet the assessment criteria if they focus solely on the recipes and techniques for making nice cakes.

 

A young person interested in skateboarding - they can do their Arts Award based on the creative choreography of a series of moves or could create photography of films of the activity. They will not meet the assessment criteria if they focus solely on the techniques for doing skateboarding tricks.