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What is Arts Awards?

The Arts Award programme offered by FYA inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it's creative, valuable and accessible.

The awards can be achieved at five levels, four qualifications and an introductory award, and are suitable for young people aged 5 to 25 encouraging  them to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form - from fashion to digital art, drama to poetry.



Through progressing through the five levels, young people get to:

  • discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in arts activities

  • experience arts events

  • develop creative and communication skills that are essential for success in 21st century life

  • explore the work of artists and craftspeople and gain insights into the professional arts world

  • gain experience and knowledge to help progress into further education and employment

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


How does it work?

Arts Award’s flexible framework means it can fit around a wide range of arts, cultural and heritage activities and projects, including creative and technical roles. 

The programme can be mapped to a young person's existing activity or it can be used to kick-start something new.

Arts Award delivery happens in curriculum or extra-curricular programmes and enrichment options, museum or heritage projects, weekly clubs or groups, and partnership projects.

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