Going for Gold shows you're serious about your art, and you've got both creativity and determination (looks good on your CV too!)
Extend your arts practice, developing your own skills and experimenting by working with another artist or arts practitioner to make new work - this can include backstage or production roles as well as creative ones.
Develop your skills within the arts sector – do work experience, placements, volunteering to find out more about the areas you're interested in.
Research and review the work of other artists and creatives, especially those you admire and aspire to be like. Analyse their work. How did they get where they are? How have they influenced you?
Form a view about an issue in the arts world – your chance to voice your opinions, whether it's why sports attract bigger audiences than the arts, whether recording artists like Ed Sheeran should be idolised, or if a red dot in the middle of a canvas can count as 'art'!
Your arts leadership project leads to a public showing. You get to decide what it is, when, where and how big. From start to finish you're in charge of your project and will learn lots about managing resources and people. And you may have to find innovative ways to overcome challenges!
Your Arts Award portfolio should capture your progress as well as documenting the art work and projects you produce. It may be useful at interviews for jobs, FE or uni. Look at digital portfolios here
CV info: Gold Arts Award Explore is a Level 3 qualification, from 2017 entry it carries 16 UCAS points (which can help you get into higher education) and takes about 150 hours to complete. UCAS points have changed and the new tariff applies if you're heading to uni in autumn 2017 - make sure your Gold Award gets moderated before 8 July to support your application. Here's the lowdown on Gold and UCAS points
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