About Arts Award

Arts Award's unique qualifications support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. The programme develops their creativity, leadership and communication skills.

Arts Award is a range of accredited qualifications on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), that support anyone up to 25 grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form - from fashion to filmmaking, pottery to poetry.

Through Arts Award young people gain a nationally recognised qualification enabling them to progress into further education and employment. Arts Award has five levels, four of which (Explore, Bronze, Silver, Gold) are accredited qualifications on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Arts Award Discover is an introductory level.

As they work towards Arts Award, children and young people collect evidence of what they have done and reflect on their experiences. At Discover, Explore and Bronze they can choose to use the specially designed arts logs – or you can create your own to fit your project or the young people you’re working with. Evidence can also be collected in any format that works for them and you: a folder, sketchbook, video diary, a website or blog. Artsbox is also a free digital platform where children and young people can create digital portfolios to help them achieve their Arts Award.

At all levels, children and young people work with an Arts Award adviser. This is a trained adult who supports young people in gaining arts experiences, provides guidance and assesses arts logs and portfolios. Teachers, teaching assistants, museum learning staff, art practitioners, youth workers and volunteers can all train as advisers.

Arts Award can be based around any arts or media activity, and young people can complete it in a wide variety of settings – like youth clubs, arts centres, schools, colleges, theatres or community groups.

There are no entry requirements, no time limit for completing the award, and no set rules on how to present final work. Young people just need to be aged under 25, and ready to explore new creative experiences.

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England working with 10 regional Bridge organisations. A New Direction is part of this network, funded by Arts Council England, who lead on Arts Award regional development.