What is Arts Award?
Arts Award is an exciting vocational arts based accreditation for 5 to 25 year olds. It is currently offered at five levels:
Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Explore is Entry Level 3 and Bronze, Silver and Gold are levels 1, 2 and 3 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
Arts Award aspires to support any young person to enjoy the arts and develop creative leadership skills.
Young people can undertake an Arts Award in any area of the arts from fashion to poetry, rapping to dancing, sculpture to film. They can be the creator or performer of their own work, or develop their skills in essential roles like marketing or stage management.
Arts Award is flexible enough to fit around young people’s other commitments, and young people do their Arts Award wherever arts projects are happening, including youth clubs, arts centres, schools, colleges, theatres or community groups.
Young people will create a portfolio that shows off their creativity and gives them a recognised national qualification to put on their CV.
In order to support young people through the accreditation you must have undertaken the relevant training course with a registered Arts Award Training Agency of which Peer Productions is one.
Arts Award & Peer Productions
Peer Productions are proud to be an Arts Award training centre and were awarded Arts Award Good Practice Centre status for 2013-14.
We are home to one Arts Award Advisers (trained to Gold level) and two trainers (Bronze and Silver). Young people completing our Actor Development Programme have undertaken Arts Award Gold (to date 90 have successfully completed). In addition to supporting these young people, Peer Productions are also able to offer Arts Award for targeted groups we undertake projects with.
Arts Award Training
Arts Award advisers are key to the success of Arts Award. They support children and young people working towards their awards, acting as mentors, facilitators and primary assessors.
Arts Award Forum
From 2012 to 2015, Claire ran the Arts Award Forum for Surrey, a free, informal peer-to-peer support network for all advisers living or working in the Surrey area. The group met once a term for twilight sessions which provided information, support and training on a variety of issues.
From summer 2015, adviser support post-training is split between Training and Support Agencies (managed by Trinity College London) and the Arts Award Leadership Network (managed by Artwork). For more information please see Artswork and Arts Award.
Doing your Arts Award with Peer Productions
Unfortunately, we cannot take on external students to complete their Arts Award with us, however if you are 17-23 and are interested in acting, drama or community theatre our full time trainees have the opportunity to undertake Arts Award Gold (to date 90 have successfully completed).
Alternatively if a full time commitment is not for you or if you are younger then 17, then consider our youth theatre - we will support members of our youth theatre to take a Bronze of Silver Award.
In addition to supporting these two core groups of young people, Peer Productions is also able to offer Arts Award for targeted groups we undertake projects with - to discus this please contact us.