National Arts Award

Escape offers young people aged 11-24 a fantastic way to explore the arts and attain nationally recognised qualifications. Escape currently offer Arts Award in three levels  Bronze, Silver and Gold, running every Tuesday (term-time) 4-6 from The Old Slaughterhouse. We also offer Discover and Explore levels for primary school pupils.

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Award Categories

BRONZE - Explore the arts and share your skills

If you’re ready to try new experiences in the arts and media, doing a Bronze Arts Award is perfect for you – and you can achieve a Level 1 national qualification.
It’s all about seeing, trying, and doing new things in whatever part of the arts world inspires you. You’ll attend events, research your heroes, and share your passions with others. Employers, universities and colleges know that Arts Award is a qualification that shows your level of commitment and progress in the arts, and in developing new skills.
Doing your Bronze Award means you will:

  • Take part in an arts activity, anything from dance to creative writing to beat boxing
  • Go to an arts event of your choice
  • Find your arts hero or heroine, research their story, and discover how they got to where they are today
  • Share your skills by helping to run a workshop or by giving a demonstration to others

You build a portfolio of your ideas and activities in your own personal style and format. You might make a folder or sketchbook, a video diary or website - it's up to you. The Bronze Award will usually take you about 40 hours to complete. Do your Bronze Arts Award and you’ll get the chance to try new experiences in the arts world – plus a valuable Level 1 national qualification.

SILVER - Challenge yourself and build your creativity

Through the Silver Arts Award, you’ll develop your arts skills and understanding, lead activities in the art form of your choice, and achieve a Level 2 qualification. Like all Arts Awards, the Silver Award is flexible enough to fit into your existing studies or other commitments, but in-depth enough for you to achieve a meaningful qualification.

Your success will show colleges and employers that you’ve made real progress in your art form, improved your understanding of the arts and developed arts leadership skills.

To achieve a Silver Arts Award you complete 2 units:

  • Arts Practice – a challenge you set yourself within your chosen art form, plus an exploration of arts events and arts opportunities within your community.
  • Arts Leadership – planning and delivering an arts project, taking responsibility for a specific aspect and communicating effectively.

You create your own portfolio to gain the Silver Award. Pick your own style and format – diary style, video, online, slide show presentation, or something different altogether, if you and your adviser feel it works for you. There are no entry requirements or set time limit. It will take you around 60 hours to complete your Silver Award.

GOLD - Drive young people’s personal development in the arts

Gold Arts Award is the highest level at Level 3, and develops young people’s creativity, communication, planning, team work and leadership skills. The award is also recognised on the UCAS Tariff (35 points). 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
  • Unit 2: arts projects leadership

There are no entry requirements or set time limit for completing Gold Arts Award. It will take young people around 90 hours to complete, working with their adviser and independently

Employers, universities and colleges know that Arts Award is a qualification that shows young people’s level of commitment and progress in the arts, and in developing new skills. GOLD is worth 35 UCAS points - TCL Level 3 Certificate in the Arts (QCF

National Arts Award - Escape Arts