Arts Award is a qualification that supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders. The qualification is earnt through undertaking challenges in any art form, in varying 'levels', including:
To achieve Bronze, a Level 1 award on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), 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. Bronze is available to young people aged 11 to 25.
Young people need to plan their work with an adviser, and keep a record by creating their own Arts Award portfolio. Their portfolio might be a folder, sketchbook, video diary or a website – it’s up to them.
Silver Arts Award, a Level 2 qualification on the Regulated Qualification 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.
Young people need to plan their work with an adviser and keep a record by creating their own Arts Award portfolio. Young people can pick their own style of portfolio – this could be a diary, video, website blog – or something different altogether. Silver has been designed for young people aged 14 to 25.
Gold Arts Award is the highest level at Level 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), and develops young people’s 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.
Young people need to plan their work with an adviser, and keep a record by creating their own Arts Award portfolio. Young people can pick their 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. There are no entry requirements or set time limit for completing Gold Arts Award.
Arts Award at NSDF
Things you could do at the festival that would contribute to arts award (for age 16 and above).
- Join our Technical Team who support all the productions and events and build some of the theatre spaces. There are technical workshops throughout the week.
- Join our Management Team who help us produce and manage the festival. The team also participate in workshops.
- Write reviews and articles and interviews for our Noises Off magazine and use your articles and reviews for your own portfolio
- Submit a show for the festival.
- Come to the festival as part of a school group – see all the shows and participate in workshops run by theatre schools, professional companies and visiting artists
- Make a video of the festival with your own reviews and comment about the productions and compare the styles of the plays at the festival.