Arts Award is a unique qualification awarded by Trinity College London and the Arts Council of Great Britain that supports anyone aged up to 25 to 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 digital art, pottery to poetry.
In Arts Award you will get to:
- Discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in any art form
- Develop your creativity and leadership skills
- Learn new skills and share them with others
- Get to work with or experience working with creative arts professionals
- Gain experience and knowledge to progress into further education and employment
You can achieve an award through any arts, media or cultural activity, such as music, literature, film-making or drama, and through technical and support roles such as arts marketing, stage lighting and web design.
To achieve your Arts Award, you will take on challenges in an art form, participate in arts activities, experience arts events, get inspired by artists and share their arts skills with others. You will also create a portfolio to keep a record of your creative journey. Along the way they are supported by an Arts Award adviser, acting as assessor, facilitator and mentor
Gold Arts Award is the highest level, at Level 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), and develops your 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.
You will need to plan your work with an adviser, and keep a record by creating your own Arts Award portfolio. However you can pick your own style of portfolio – this could be a diary, video, website blog – or something different altogether.
Gold has two units – Unit 1: personal arts development and Unit 2: arts project leadership. For Gold Unit 1: personal arts development, you will extend your knowledge and skills as artists, explore the professional arts world and form a view on an arts issue.
Within Unit 1, you cover four vital areas of interest for anyone working in the arts:
You will extend their existing arts practice by gaining experience of a new area of the arts. You work with another practitioner to develop your skills and produce new work which integrates, or is influenced by, the new art form, genre or practice.
The wider arts sector
You get involved in the arts world through placements, volunteering, training and research.
Research and review
You experience and review high quality arts events, reflect on how they influence your work, and also find out about the artists and their career paths.
Forming a view
You will make the case for an arts issue that you care about, investigate the arguments around it from a range of perspectives. You will then present your view and findings to others and gather feedback.
For Gold Unit 2, arts project leadership, you take charge of running an arts project, build your skills as an effective leader and deliver your project to a public audience.
At Gold level, your leadership project needs to show how you have taken independent responsibility for every aspect of the arts project, from planning stages to delivery, followed by evaluation.
To complete this unit, you need to:
Plan all aspects of an arts leadership project including identifying the qualities of a leader and the personal leadership skills you want to develop. You will identify the aims and outcomes of your project and organise the people and resources, considering how you will gather feedback on your progress.
Deliver your project, manage its production and share it with the public. You will demonstrate how you are working effectively with others and developing your leadership skills. You also plan and manage the public sharing of your project and gather feedback.
Collect feedback from participants, audience, and other stakeholders and evaluate both the project and how well you have developed your leadership skills. You consider your achievements and the things you would improve demonstrating in your project report that you have integrated and considered the views and feedback you have gathered throughout the project.
Silver Arts Award, a Level 2 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). It 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.
Employers, universities and colleges know that Arts Award is a qualification that shows young people’s level of commitment and progress in the arts, and in developing new skills. As such this is a highly respected qualification.
Studying and achieving Gold Arts Award shows the highest level of commitment and will give you the experience to look for employment or apprenticeships in the Arts and Creative industries, one of the fastest growing industries and employers in the UK economy as well as assisting with important skills for all university courses.