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Arts Award is an accredited programme for schools and youth groups run by the MAC, offering nationally recognised qualifications.


Arts Award is for young people aged up to 25 years to develop creativity, leadership and communication skills through arts, culture, and media.

Benefits for young people

  • Work with professional artists
  • Experience world-class performances and exhibitions
  • Grow your talent
  • Share your skills
  • Achieve a qualification
A young person having her face painted during an arts award workshop

Who is it for?

Arts Award is for young people of all interests and abilities up to the age of 25.

Each Arts Award at the MAC is tailored to the needs of the young people taking part and can be adapted for a range of special education needs.

Arts Award is a powerful tool that assesses a young person's development and encourages independent learning, confidence building, and transferrable skills.

How it works

To achieve an Arts Award, young people complete challenges and take part in a range of arts activities, documenting their progress.

There are four levels starting at Entry Level 3 and progressing to Level 3, a Gold award which is worth 35 UCAS points. 

Find out more about the benefits of taking part in an Arts Award in this leaflet.

Further Information

To enquire about Arts Award for your group or school please contact our Learning and Participation team.

If you are interested in hearing more about Arts Award please contact Clare Lawlor.