Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification, supporting anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and creative leaders. It can be delivered in any organisation which works to support young people including: schools, colleges, alternative education provision, youth justice settings, community settings, health-care settings, scout and girl-guiding groups and the the arts and cultural sector. Arts Award enables young people to make connections with and participate in a diverse and exciting range of art forms and experiences. The Arts Award qualification is fully accessible and flexible – offering Young people the opportunity to start their Arts Award journey at whichever level is appropriate for them.
In these challenging times, IVE, the team at Arts Award and Trinity College London were keen to provide support to parents, carers, children and young people to enable them to continue to engage in the arts and culture from home. Discover at Home is a special version of Arts Award Discover, the first level of Arts Award.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Please do get in touch if you have any questions.
For settings in West Yorkshire, please contact Sarah Beckett – firstname.lastname@example.org
For settings in South Yorkshire, please contact Jamie Butcher – email@example.com
For settings in North and East Yorkshire and Humber please contact Mary Owoo – firstname.lastname@example.org
Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London. They have created a dedicated website designed to support Arts Award Advisers and their learners: www.artsaward.org.uk
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