Arts Award Gold

Arts Award Gold is the highest level, at 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.

Gold is a considerable step up in terms of the quality of artwork produced from Bronze and Silver with less of a focus on the process of creating art and more focus on achieving specific outcomes. The qualification also helps learners to gain an understanding of how they can begin a career in art and demonstrates considerable leadership skills.

Gold has two units – Unit 1: personal arts development and Unit 2: arts project leadership

Unit 1:

Arts practice – extend your arts skills by gaining experience of a new area of the arts through collaboration with another arts practitioner and developing new work.

The wider arts sector – get involved in the arts world through placements, volunteering, training and research

Research and review – go to high-quality arts events, use them to influence your work and find out about the artists and their career paths

Form a view – make the case for an arts issue that you care about

Unit 2:

Arts project leadership – take individual responsibility for researching, planning, running and reviewing your own arts project with a public outcome. You can work with others, but you must take responsibility for a distinct creative part of the project. You plan your project, organising the people and resources needed. You deliver the project, working effectively with others, and review the project, collecting feedback from those who take part

Young people should require an estimated 150 hours of learning to complete the award, a mix of guided and independent work.

Read the qualification specification.

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