Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications supporting anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders. It inspires them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form.
Offered at five different levels, Arts Award gives young people the chance to:
To achieve their Arts Award, young people take on challenges in an art form, participate in arts activities, experience arts events, get inspired by artists and share their arts skills with others. Young people create an arts log or portfolio to keep a record of their creative journey. Young people can pick their own style of portfolio – this could be digital, audio, diary, video, website blog – or something different altogether. Along the way they are supported by an Arts Award adviser, acting as assessor, facilitator and mentor.
The introductory award open to all children and young people aged up to 25. To achieve Discover, children and young people:
discover the arts around them, find out about artists and their work and share their experiences with others, gaining a certificate at the end.
To achieve Explore, young people take part in arts activities, find out about artists and cultural organisations, create a piece of art and share their experiences with others. This award is an Entry Level 3 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and is designed for 7 to 25 year olds.
To achieve Bronze, a Level 1 award on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), young people take part in an arts activity they enjoy, go to an arts event, research their arts inspiration and share their skills with others. Bronze is available to young people aged 11 to 25. Young people plan their work with an adviser.
A Level 2 qualification. 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 plan their work with an adviser. Silver has been designed for young people aged 14 to 25.
Gold is the highest level – Level 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), and develops young people’s creativity, communication, planning, teamwork and leadership skills. The award is also recognised on the UCAS Tariff. Gold has been designed for young people aged 16 to 25. Young people plan their work with an adviser. Gold has two units – Unit 1: personal arts development and Unit 2: arts project leadership.
To find out more visit the Arts Award website
You can also visit the IVE website (Arts Council Bridge Organisation for Yorkshire and Humber) to find out what support is on offer for new and existing Arts Award centres.
How we can support children and young people to achieve Arts Award
Please contact us to find out how we can further support you to either deliver or achieve Arts Award.