Arts Award

What is it and why should I be doing it?

Arts Award offers young people an inspiring arts journey. Each path can take a different direction – from fashion to film-making, from dance to design, from photography to poetry. Whichever route they choose to follow, young people are always in the driving seat.

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

Open to anyone aged 7 to 25, Arts Award embraces all interests and backgrounds. Through working towards an award young people learn to work independently, helping them to prepare for further education and employment.

Arts Award motivates and celebrates young people’s artistic achievements. Young people can achieve an award through any arts, media or cultural activity, developing knowledge and understanding of their chosen art forms. 

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London.

The award can be achieved at five levels, four accredited qualifications and an introductory award:  DiscoverExploreBronzeSilver and Gold.

The qualification can be achieved across the UK. Visit Arts Award near you to find your nearest Arts Award centre.

Arts Award Voice links young people with the arts world. Young artists and art lovers can read, review or blog about their favourite arts activities and get inspired by interviews with leading creative professionals. There’s plenty of support for young people working towards Arts Award including ‘how-to’ guides and guest features on different art forms, plus a platform for their work. For arts organisations, Voice offers a great place to promote opportunities and events direct to young people.  Sign up for a free account now at


For enquiries contact the Help desk: [email protected] / 0207 820 6178.