Arts Award

Arts Award is a range of qualifications that supports anyone up to the age of 25 in developing as artists and arts leaders.

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Arts Award qualifications motivate and celebrate children and young people’s artistic achievements. Children and young people gain new knowledge and understanding of their chosen art form and the wider arts world as well as the opportunity to work with creative industry professionals. Arts Award recognised a wide range of art forms, from visual arts and sculpture to music and dance, creative writing, digital art and graphic design.

Arts Award not only develops a young person’s ability in their chosen art form, it also improves their creativity, leadership and communication skills as well as giving them opportunities to gain experience and knowledge that will help them progress into further education and employment.

Children & young people undertaking Arts Award are supported by Arts Award Advisers. We run regular training courses across all levels of Arts Award. If you work with children and young people and are interested in delivering Arts Award, take a look at our events page to see what training courses are coming up.
Arts Award can be achieved at five levels – four qualifications and an introductory award:

Discover

Arts Award Discover is the introductory award designed for ages 5 and above. Discover is all about introducing the world of the arts and different art forms to children and young people. It is accessible, versatile and ideal for settings such as schools, arts organisations, museums, libraries and festivals to name a few.

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Explore

Arts Award Explore builds on Discover by encouraging children and young people to explore the arts more in order to develop their creative skills and experiences. It also offers the opportunity to find out more about the wider arts industry. Arts Award Explore is designed for ages 7 plus and is an Entry level 3 qualification.

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Bronze

Arts Award Bronze is a Level 1 award available to young people aged 11 to 25.

To achieve a Bronze Arts Award, young people collect evidence in an individual arts log or portfolio. Young people can get really creative – their portfolio might be a folder, sketchbook, video diary or a website – it’s up to them.

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Silver

Arts Award Silver is a Level 2 qualification designed for young people aged 14 to 25.

To achieve Silver, young people identify, plan and undertake their own arts challenge. Young people need to plan their work with an Arts Award Adviser, and keep a record by creating their own Arts Award portfolio. Their portfolio might be a folder, sketchbook, video diary or a website – it’s up to them.

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Gold

Gold is about young people extending their own arts practice and identifying development opportunities within the wider arts sector. 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.

Arts Award Gold is the highest level, at Level 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). The award is also recognised on the UCAS Tariff. Gold has been designed for young people aged 16 to 25.

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Others

IVE has worked with partners in the cultural education world to develop specialised versions of the Arts Award Discover and Arts Award Explore awards aimed at meeting specific needs of arts, cultural and educational organisations.

Heritage Arts Award Explore

Our Heritage Arts Award log book has been designed to fit the needs of heritage settings including museums. It comes with a useful facilitator guide, full of great tips on effective ways to deliver Arts Award with a heritage focus.

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Saltaire Arts Award Explore

Our Saltaire Arts Award Explore log book has been created for young people using Saltaire as a focus for their Arts Award. There are activities in the resource linked to Salts Mill and the work of David Hockney. There are useful sections which provide young people with the opportunity to learn more about Hockney and look at the heritage of Saltaire.

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How to Deliver Arts Award

If you would like to deliver Arts Award you need to be a trained Arts Award Adviser and then register as an Arts Award Centre.

Becoming an Arts Award Adviser

Arts Award Adviser status is available to anybody over the age of 18 with experience or qualifications working with children and young people. You do not have to be a teacher or an artist to become an Arts Award Adviser. Further restrictions are outlined on the Adviser Person Specification document.

To become an Arts Award Adviser you will need to complete a training course. Public training is scheduled throughout the year and consists of either a one day or half day course, after which, upon satisfactory completion of, you will be qualified. For the current schedule of dates and locations, visit our Arts Award events page. 

IVE also offers in house training for groups of 6 or more. To enquire, please contact hello@weareive.org

Becoming an Arts Award Centre

Becoming an Arts Award centre is a great way to; enable young people to work towards a national qualification, kick-start a new arts project, develop your existing work with young people through the Arts Award framework or engage more young people in the arts and challenge them to develop their creativity and leadership skills.

Centres can be set up in any setting that supports children and young people taking part in the arts including; arts organisations, schools, pupil referral units, libraries, museums, youth clubs and community centres.

Every Arts Award centre is registered with Trinity College London and must have at least one trained Arts Award Adviser.

Support

We offer a wide range of support to schools, arts and cultural organisations and any professionals working with children and young people to deliver Arts Award.

Support visits are open to certain categories of Adviser and Arts Award centre. Please click here to find out more. 

Events focusing on aspects of Arts Award in different settings. At these events you can: hear presentations from advisers and centres about their experiences with Arts Award; pair up or group with other advisers to share Arts Award knowledge, challenges and ideas; take part in practical activities focusing on different themes; speak to training consultants for portfolio review, guidance and planning and generally learn how to deliver the best Arts Awards experience possible.

Click here for upcoming events.

Alternatively, you can download a pdf of all our upcoming cultural education events for this academic year.

Download Cultural Education Events Calendar

Arts Award Adviser Network meetings. Meet regularly with other Arts Award Advisers and Centres to discuss issues and challenges relating to arts & cultural education and support each other in working to improve your offering.

Click here for upcoming networking events.

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College

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