Support young people to grow their creativity and gain 21st century skills

Arts Award takes children and young people on a creative journey - exploring the arts world, discovering their potential as artists, developing leadership skills, and gaining a recognised qualification along the way.

Open to anyone aged 25 or under, this unique set of arts qualifications builds skills essential for success in the 21st century: Creativity and communication, along with problem-solving, reflective-thinking and confidence.

Young people can achieve Arts Award in any art form, from music to mime, poetry to pottery, dance to drumming. The 5 different levels can help all young people progress, from those who are having their very first arts experiences, right up to those with advanced skills.

The 5 Arts Award levels


Start the arts adventure!

Arts Award Discover is an introductory level, certified by Trinity College London. Work can be recorded in any format - from drawing to photography, collage to video.

Arts Award Discover is designed for ages 5 and above but is open to anyone aged up to 25.

It has three parts.

Discover the arts
Take part in different arts activities

Find out
Experience artists and their work

Show discoveries to others

Explore the arts and be inspired!

Arts Award Explore is and Entry Level 3 Award in the Arts.

Explore is designed for ages 7 and above but is open to anyone aged up to 25.

It has four parts.

Take part in a range of arts activities

Experience the work of artists and arts organisations

Make art to show skills and creativity

Share achievements with others

Take part in the arts and share new skills!

Through Bronze Arts Award, young people gain a Level 1 qualification. They create an arts portfolio to record their progress, collecting evidence of what they do along the way.

Bronze is for ages 11 and above but is open to anyone aged up to 25.

It has four parts.

Take part in an arts activity
Choose anything from sculpture to storytelling

Arts review
Experience the arts as an audience member and record a response

Arts inspiration
Research the work and life of an inspiring artist or craftsperson

Arts skills share
Pass on arts skills to others by leading a workshop or by giving a presentation with an explanation of the skills involved

Take on a challenge and lead others!

For Silver Arts Award, young people develop their aarts skills and knowledge and lead an arts project to achieve a Level 2 qualification. Young people build an arts portfolio to track their experiences and show their development, creating and collecting evidence along the way.

Silver Arts Award is designed for ages 14 and above, but is open to anyone aged over 11.

It has two units.

Arts Practice & Pathways

Arts challenge
Set a challenge in a chosen arts activity, make a plan and review progress

Arts review
Record views on shows, exhibitions or events and share these with others

Arts research
Find out about arts activities in the local area and beyond, meet artists and learn about training and career opportunities in the arts

Arts leadership

Young people develop their leadership skills with others by leading workshops or delivering an arts project. They need to plan, deliver and review a project and can work individually or as part of a team. Leadership roles can involve passing on arts/media skills or taking charge of a particular creative aspect.

Develop arts skills and lead the way!

Gold Arts Award is our highest level, through which young people gain a Level 3 qualification and build a portfolio that demonstrates their achievements as an artist and arts leader. It is a great way to evidence soft skills and leadership qualities to future employers.

Gold Arts Award is designed for ages 16 and above, but is open to anyone aged over 11.

It has two units.

Personal Arts Development

Arts practice
Extend arts practice by gaining experience of a new area of the arts and developing something new

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 for inspiration and find out about the artists and their career paths

Form a view
Go to high-quality arts events for inspiration and find out about the artists and their career paths

Leadership of an arts project

Young people take individual responsibility for researching, planning, running and reviewing their own arts project and managing a public sharing of their own work. Projects can be managed as a group but young people need to take responsibility for a distinct creative part of the project and lead the planning, delivery and evaluation of it.

Where to find Arts Award Support

If you're looking for an Arts Award Adviser to guide you or a young person through Arts Award:
Firstly, visit the Arts Award supporter website here: The online Arts Award Centre Map may also be useful.

If you want to become and Arts Award Adviser and are looking for training:
You can find information about becoming an Arts Award Adviser, alonside training options and dates here.

For more general information about Arts Award, including case studies and support options:
The Arts Award website has a wealth of information to offer.

For inspiring stories and news:
Voice magazine has dedicated areas for Arts Award which can be found here: