Arts Award

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that inspire children and young people from 5 up to 25 to get involved in art in all its forms from dance, drama and music to fine art, sculpture and digital art. It develops creative, rounded learners who can use their skills across the curriculum and take these skills into the wider world.

This unique qualification is accredited by Trinity College London and is available across the UK through schools and centres that offer arts activities.

Discover at Home

What started as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic has become a permanent part of the Arts Award offer. Developed to enable families to complete Arts Award Discover remotely, at home or online the resource pack provides ideas for completion and information on how to gain your Arts Award Discover certificates.

What is Discover at Home?

Discover at Home is a resource pack. If you would like to apply for a Discover certificate you will need to complete the activities with a registered Arts Award centre, and Arts Connect can support you with this, but families are welcome to use the resource pack to structure creative activities at home, without the need to achieve a certificate.

Discover at Home is a special version of Arts Award Discover, the first level of Arts Award.

Discover at Home is aimed at children aged 11 and under.

The resource pack you can download is designed to enable anyone to support a child or young person through their Discover at Home journey, even if you don’t have any prior knowledge or understanding of Arts Award. However, we always recommend that any Discover programmes are developed and delivered by a trained Arts Award adviser.

Download the Discover pack here.

Arts Connect Discover Arts Award online programme

Arts Connect have partnered with 23 arts, cultural and education settings across the West Midlands to offer young people in their local areas the opportunity to achieve Discover Arts Award certification. The organisations taking part in the Discover Arts Award online programme have developed online creative programmes with arts professionals, teachers, parents and young people to create a range of exciting digital and ‘physical’ arts activities that can be accessed safely from school or home.

To find out more about our Arts Award offer please contact Becky Thompson.

There are no entry requirements for Arts Award, no time limit for completing the award, and no set rules on how to present final work.

Through Arts Award children and 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 recognised as Entry Level 3 and Levels 1, 2 and 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Arts Award Discover is an introductory level. So there are levels to cover all age ranges, talents and skill-sets.

Find out more about Arts Award if you are a:

Arts Award for Schools

Arts Award for Youth and Community organisations

Arts Award for Arts and Cultural organisations

Arts Award for Museums and Heritage 

Arts Award for Music Education 

Arts Award for Further Education 

Arts Award Access and Inclusion 

  • Life skills- through completing an Arts Award young people develop key transferable skills such as increased confidence, leadership and organisational skills.
  • Accreditation- Arts Award is a respected and universal qualification.
  • Arts Choices- Arts Award encourages young people to explore a range of art forms and ideas.
  • Entrepreneurial skills- Arts Award encourages independent learning, communication and networking skills.
  • Creativity for life- Arts Award provides a window into the cultural sector helping children and young people to develop an understanding of future employment possibilities in the creative industries.

By completing an Arts Award programme young people are given the opportunity to:

  • Reflect on and shape their learning.
  • Develop their leadership and peer mentoring skills.
  • Work collaboratively.
  • Undertake personalised and independent learning.
  • Apply their learning.
  • Gain accreditation.
  • Develop an understanding of portfolio assessment.
  • Research and explore diverse sources.
  • Learn outside the classroom.
  • Develop non-art skills.

We offer a range of support to professionals who work with young people – we can give you more information on Arts Award and how you can become an Adviser or we can help you develop your offer if you are already trained.

We also offer financial support to schools and organisations who are interested in starting Arts Award in their settings or progressing beyond offering one level of Arts Award.

Arts Award advisers are key to the success of Arts Award. An Adviser 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. For more information about Arts Award training click here.

Your education, arts or cultural setting can become an Arts Award centre for young people to use as a base to complete their award. To become a centre you will need at least one trained Arts Award adviser. Becoming an Arts Award centre is a great way to-

  • Strengthen links with young people, schools, arts practitioners and youth groups.
  • Gives cause for partnership working.
  • Build and promote your offer arts and cultural to young people.
  • Kick-starts and enriches new arts programmes.
  • Develop your existing work with young people through the Arts Award framework.

To find out more about becoming an Arts Award centre click here.

The Arts Award Ignition Fund aims to support young people facing barriers to engagement with arts and cultural opportunities; we want to enable young people to access high quality creative and cultural experiences while achieving Bronze Arts Award accreditation. Through our Ignition Fund we will support to schools and education settings in the West Midlands to embed Bronze Arts Award framework within creative programmes to enhance opportunities for young people’s creative and cultural development.

As part of our Arts Award Ignition Fund we offer Arts Award training for up to two members of staff and a contribution of between £400 and £750 to support Bronze Arts Award programmes. We also provide support from Arts Award experts to ensure that programmes are successfully planned, delivered and completed.

Full details of the Ignition fund can be found here.

Apply for the Ignition fund here.

Key investment applications dates

Important Dates and Availability:

  • Arts Award Ignition Fund: opening date – 9 May 2022 – closing deadline 1 July 2022
  • Arts Award Support Sessions July 2022 TBC
  • Reporting Deadline Friday 17th March 2023

Get in touch

Please contact Becky Thompson, Arts Award Manager, if you need further information or details.