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Arts Award

Blast Theory is a registered Arts Award Centre and we offer a range of activities that can support you or your student to achieve an Arts Award Gold qualification.

What is Arts Award?

Arts Award is a national qualification that inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it’s creative, valuable and accessible. It encourages young people to be inspired by the arts, encouraging their enjoyment and development.

An Arts Award qualification can be achieved at five levels, with four accredited qualifications and an introductory award.

Here at Blast Theory we run the Arts Award Gold Level – it is a Level 3 national qualification on the Regular Qualifications Framework (RQF). The award has 16 UCAS points.

Young people, aged 11-25, have to take part in the arts and develop their arts practice. They must visit arts events and share their views; research and work alongside artists and other creative professionals; and share their own art skills via leadership. It covers the full range of art forms through a variety of cultural experiences.

With a focus on independent working and entrepreneurialism, Arts Award encourages young people to not only seek new opportunities but create their own.

How We Can Support You

There are Two Ways

  1. We take one person through the Arts Award Gold each year – from start to finish we will oversee, advise, support and help you deliver your work in all aspects.
  2. If you or the person you are supporting is working towards an Arts Award Gold somewhere else, there are other ways we can support too:
    • Finding out about cultural professionals and organisation
    • Explore the work of Blast Theory artists and creative professionals here in our studio – this could take the form of interviews, exploring the archives or work experience.
    • Mentoring and Advice – Mentoring would be with one of the artists’ about your project or advice could be with either an artist or a member of the team from administration, finance, production or communication.

If you would like more information or to discuss how we can support your Arts Award Gold, please call the studio on +44 (0) 1273 413455 or email info (@)