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Welcome to Arts Award!

Arts Award’s unique qualifications support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through setting personal challenges in the art form of their choice from fashion to film making, pottery to poetry and in this case music within the DYJO centre..

Through Arts Award young people gain a nationally recognised qualification enabling them to progress into further education and employment. They not only gain art form knowledge and understanding but also develop creativity, leadership and communication skills.

Arts Award is open to anyone aged up to 25, and embraces all interests and backgrounds.


Through Arts Award young people learn to work independently, helping them to prepare for further education and employment.

To achieve an Arts Award, young people take on challenges in an art form, participating in arts activities, experiencing arts events, being inspired by artists and sharing their arts skills with others.

For more information or to start your award with us, you can email here: arts-award@dyjo.org

Arts Award Facts

Where and how?


Young people work towards their Arts Award at an Arts Award centre.  DYJO is now registered as a Centre.


Young people create an arts log or portfolio by creating and collecting evidence of their arts journey and skills development. These can take any format — from drawing and blogging to photography and video.


Young people can work towards Arts Award within, outside and beyond school or college, and DYJO will support all members who wish to take advantage of this opportunity with over 40 guided learning hours in rehearsals sessions on gathering days. They are likely to spend some time working on their own in addition.


Arts Award advisers support young people in gaining arts experiences, provide guidance and assess arts logs and portfolios.  DYJO have a Bronze and Silver Award adviser.


Young people can get ideas and inspiration from Arts Award Voice, our online magazine for young people, or access opportunities from Arts Award Supporter organisations.

Once young people have completed their portfolio or arts log, it is assessed by the adviser. A moderator then checks this assessment for the QCF* accredited levels.


Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates are sent to the centre within approximately six weeks of moderation.

Bronze Arts Award


Take part in the arts and share new skills!


Through Bronze Arts Award, young people gain a Level 1 national qualification, QCF* credit value 6. They create an arts portfolio to record their progress, collecting evidence of what they do along the way.
Bronze Arts Award is designed for ages 11 and above and has four parts.


Enjoying the Arts
take part in an arts activity choose anything from sculpture to storytelling
arts review record response as an audience member
arts inspiration research the work and life of an inspiring artist or craftsperson
arts skills share pass on arts skills to others by helping to run a workshop or by giving a demonstration and explanation

If you're doing your award with us already you can find DYJO at Artsbox here:  ArtsBox


Silver Arts Award


Take on a challenge and lead others!


For Silver Arts Award, young people develop their arts skills and knowledge and lead an arts project to achieve a Level 2 national qualification, QCF* credit value 10. Young people build an arts portfolio to track their experiences and show their development, creating and collecting evidence along the way.
Silver Arts Award is designed for ages 14 and above and has two units.

Arts Practice

arts challenge set a challenge in a chosen arts activity, make a plan and review progress
arts review record views on shows, exhibitions or events and share these with others
arts research find out about artists and arts activities in their local area and beyond, and research arts training and opportunities

Arts Leadership
Young people share their skills with others by leading workshops or working in a team to plan, deliver and review an arts project. Leadership roles can involve passing on arts or media skills or taking charge of a particular creative aspect

* Qualifications and Credit Framework


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