Arts Award

Are you able to support young people in developing their creativity?
Arts Award have a mission to support young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts, build creative and leadership skills and achieve a national qualification.

Arts Award

Arts Award has five levels enabling children and young people aged up to 25 to explore any art forms including performing arts, visual arts, literature, media and multimedia. The award builds confidence, helps young people to enjoy cultural activities, and prepares them for further education or employment.

The Arts Awards:

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. It will usually take about 20 hours to complete for children 5yrs +

Bronze - a Level 1 national qualification, 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. It is available to young people aged 11 to 25.

Silver Arts Award, a Level 2 qualification, 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. It has been designed for young people aged 14 to 25.

Gold Arts Award is the highest level at Level 3, and develops young people’s creativity, communication, planning, teamwork and leadership skills. The award is also recognised on the UCAS Tariff (35 points). It has been designed for young people aged 16 to 25.

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England. Since its launch in 2005, the award has grown quickly and is now flourishing in arts centres, colleges and schools, community projects, libraries, galleries, local authorities, theatres, youth clubs and youth justice settings.  

Young people work towards their Arts Award at an Arts Award centre. Any organisation which supports young people’s arts activities can register as a centre if it employs or links with an Arts Award adviser. A centre may be a school, arts gallery, theatre, college, youth club, library, museum or arts project.

Hertfordshire Visual Arts has members who work with young people in the local community, as well as members who have gained the adviser status. Training courses are free and run at The Bowes Lyon Centre in Stevenage. If you are interested in becoming an Arts Award adviser or want to find out more about working with young people then please contact Ruth Goodman, HVA Schools Liaison

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