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Arts Award is a great way for children and young people to be inspired by and enjoy museums.

The Arts Award offers national qualifications that enable young people to grow as artists and arts leaders. The Arts Award is not about ability and seeks to bring out an individual’s journey through the arts, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through setting personal challenges in the art form of their choice. Arts Award offers a national qualification that enable young people to progress into further education and employment. Arts Award levels Explore to Gold are nationally recognised qualifications on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

It is a national qualification for young people aged up to 25, which introduces a range of art forms through a broad programme of cultural activities and experiences. Designed over five levels, the Award recognises the personal achievements and independent discoveries recorded by the award participants.

The University of Cambridge Museums are an Arts Award Good Practice Centre, and we can support you in your Arts Award journey, from Discover through to Gold. We can devise, support and deliver your award across the eight University Museums whether you are a school, community group, or individual.

Join one of our arts award courses, contact us for guidance on an award you are managing yourself, to find out what Arts Award opportunities are coming up, or if you just want to find out more.

The five Arts Award levels are

Recommended age 5+
This introductory award encourages children to investigate and share their artistic discoveries with others. By participating in a programme of ‘Discover’ activities, children can work to their own pace with the support of Education staff across the University Museums.

Recommended age 9+
This award encourages children to experience art and recognise what inspires them. They will be introduced to the visual arts and sciences through a series of themes and practical discoveries.

Recommended age 11+
This award encourages the development of creative skills, and the discovery of new ones! Participants will be introduced to the award through a series of themed workshops and experiences that will build on their current understanding of the arts and individual artists.

Recommended age 14+
This award requires participants to plan and achieve an arts challenge, whether it be running an arts event to working with arts within the community. The silver award encourages independent thinking and research that can be reflected through the participant’s portfolio and shared knowledge of the subject.

Recommended age 16+
This award broadens the participant’s knowledge and practice within the arts sector. This in-depth study requires an engaging and professional approach to the arts, encouraging volunteering and work placements in order to fulfil the requirements of the award.

Keep up to date with all our news on our Arts Award blog and contact our Arts Award Coordinator by email or call 01223 7641742 for more information and to find out how you can get involved.