Arts Award

Arts Awards Centre

Arts Award is…

…a range of unique qualifications that supports anyone aged up to 25 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, pottery to poetry.
Offered at five different levels, young people get to:

• discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in any art form
• develop their creativity and leadership skills
• learn new skills and share them with others
• get to work with or experience working with creative arts professionals
• gain experience and knowledge to progress into further education and employment

To achieve their Arts Award, young people take on challenges in an art form, participate in arts activities, experience arts events, get inspired by artists and share their arts skills with others. Young people create a portfolio to keep a record of their creative journey. Along the way they are supported by an Arts Award adviser, acting as assessor, facilitator and mentor.

Who is it for?

Anyone between the ages of 11 and 25! TramShed offer a fully Inclusive setting. It doesn’t
matter what your background, performing arts experience or need, we can offer a friendly welcome and the support you need to help you on your journey towards an Arts Award qualification. You might love acting, singing or dance or prefer backstage activities like directing or costume/set design…all you need to take part is enthusiasm and a willingness to take part and the time to commit to our weekly workshops and creating your portfolio.

Give Bronze a Go!

What you do

• Take part in Inclusive Performing Arts Workshops and learn new skills

• Experience a live show and share your views – tell others why you liked it or not!

• Research your arts inspiration – how do your arts heroes make their work, how did they get to where they are now, and anything else you want to know.

• And share your new performing skills with others. Lead activities in a workshop, create a piece of theatre or demonstrate something you’re interested in.

• Make an Arts Award portfolio to record your work.

CV info: Bronze Arts Award Explore is a Level 1 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which means it’s recognised nationally!

Give Silver a Go!

What you do

Arts practice and pathways

  • Identifying and plan an arts challenge.
  • Implementing and reviewing an arts challenge.
  • Reviewing an arts event and sharing your views.
  • Researching future opportunities and careers available in the arts.

Arts leadership

  • Identifying a leadership role and plan the project’s aims.
  • Plan the practical issues.
  • Be an effective arts leader.
  • Work effectively with others.
  • Review your project and leadership role.

CV info: Silver Arts Award is a Level 2 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which means it’s recognised nationally! 

How do I get started?

It’s really easy to get going with your Bronze or Silver Arts Award. There are just a few steps you need to follow.

Step 1: Contact TramShed to enrol. We are an Arts Award centre with a resident Arts Award adviser who can support and assess your work.

Step 2: Return your completed application pack.

Step 3: Attend weekly workshops. The course cost can be paid in full at the start of the course, or in three set installment amounts throughout the course.

How to finish

One word: Portfolio! Your portfolio shows all the activities you have taken part in during your Arts Award, including your planning and your evaluation. You need to create your portfolio as you work through the award and share it with your adviser as you go along. Then an Arts Award moderator will check it and confirm that you have achieved your Bronze/Silver Award.
Make sure your portfolio includes:
A clear layout and labels for each item so it’s quickly understandable to someone who didn’t go through the process with you
Your plans, notes about what actually happened (sometimes things don’t go to plan!), feedback from others, your thoughts about your achievements and what you’d do differently next time.
Your Arts Award Adviser will give you lots of advice on creating a good portfolio.

For more information and an application pack please email

Are you a school or other organisation who are interested in offering Arts Award to the young people you work with? If so, please contact us for information about how we can support you.

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