Artsmark criteria

Artsmark application criteria

The Artsmark criteria documents contain all the questions you will need to answer on your application form, as well as guidance for answers and an explanation of why the information is needed.

Round 15 (2014/15) criteria:

Artsmark and Artsmark Gold share the same criteria for Part 1 of the application.

Part 1 focuses on the quantity and range of your arts provision and the numbers of students taking part. The online application does the calculations for you.

Part 2 focuses on identifying examples of your arts provision to demonstrate what happens and why across the arts provision in your school and other setting.

Download application questions and criteria to help guide you on your way to gaining Artsmark status:

Part 1: primary, secondary, multiphase

Part 1: special schools

Part 1: pupil referral units

Part 2: primary, secondary, multiphase, pupil referral units and special schools


Part 1: further education

Part 2: further education


Part 1: youth justice settings

Part 2: youth justice settings


The Artsmark criteria have been refreshed for the 2014/15 academic year. Last year’s criteria can be downloaded from the Artsmark achievers area of the network. If you submitted your application before the end of July 2014 and are receiving your validation visit during autumn term 2014, these criteria are still applicable to your organisation.

The only changes to the criteria in round 15 are simple changes to language for clarification.


What happens if you don't achieve Artsmark?

We hope that all settings will take full advantage of all the support and guidance available, and so will submit strong applications which can be validated with Artsmark status. However, in line with any other assessed programme, a national standard applies and some settings may not reach it.

For most settings this will be because just one or more areas need some development work and additional support will be available through your regional Bridge organisation.

Re-submissions cost an additional fee of £20. If you do need to re-submit you'll be pleased to know that you can develop your initial application rather than start over again.