News from the Learning Department

News from the Learning Department brings you stories about Learning Programmes covering all audiences: families, young people, schools and teachers, higher education students, adults, communities, and the creative industries. Our team of writers will take you behind the scenes of our programmes and bring you highlights of our events.

The Learning Department programmes events, activities, courses and projects to inspire creativity in all of our audiences. We also manage gallery interpretation, residency programmes and evaluation.

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Digital Portfolios: Six Tips for Designing your Portfolio for University and College Applications

Designing a grid layout in Adobe Photoshop © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  Creating your perfect portfolio can be tough, so here are six simple tips to create one that works. Applications to university and college courses can be a daunting process and increasingly, one of the requirements for an interview and entry is the submission of a digital portfolio. Although traditional physical portfolio making is part […]

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Pop-Up Darkroom on Exhibition Road

This is a guest blog by Almudena Romero, visual artist and photography teacher. My team and I took part in the V&A’s one-day careers event for schools, Creative Quarter, on Friday 13 November. We put up a pop-up darkroom on Exhibition Road to celebrate the Julia Margaret Cameron exhibitions at the V&A (opening 28 November) […]

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Texture & Textiles, Fabric of India Display


Making from scratch a print by using my own design, being able to express myself artistically and displaying our work at the V&A has been really fantastic Texture & Textiles explored the range of textile techniques in the V&A Fabric of India exhibition. Led by artist Raksha Patel sixteen workshop sessions across London boroughs with local residents and community […]

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Place and Repeat: Behind the scenes at Blythe House


This is a guest blog by Intoart about their current research and artistic development programme ‘Place and Repeat’. Six artists from Intoart are engaging with the V&A collections over seven months, Sept 2015– March 2016 to make new visual artwork that will be realised as unique fabric designs. The resulting printed fabrics will include silk, […]

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Fabric of India: Texture and Textiles


Over a series of workshops, V&A Learning has invited a community of collaborators to explore traditional ways of making and the crafts employed in Indian textile manufacture. Together with artist Raksha Patel practical workshops prepare for a shared exhibition of work to be hosted at the V&A in Nov 2015, as part of the Festival of […]

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Digital Design Weekend 2015

Prototyping marathon, Digital Futures UKMX, Centro de Cultura Digital

The Digital Programmes’ big annual event as part of LDF is back and after months of planning and a few frantic weeks of preparations, we are looking forward to some exciting events this coming Saturday and Sunday. This year’s theme and projects are focussing on citizen design, engagement and participation and it all started in Mexico! […]

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DAY 3 @ the V&A: Behind the Scenes of my Shakespeare Course

Platform Shoes, Vivian Westwood, 1993

This is a guest post by Dr Enza De Francisci who is currently preparing a Shakespeare and Italy course at the V&A supported by the University College London-King’s College London Collaborative Learning Fellowship in the Arts, Society and the Humanities (Arts and Humanities Research Council) Today’s day at the V&A involved taking my international students […]

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Playing with Light


Last Saturday the lecture theatre was awash with sound and light as the V&A played host to a special performance by participants on the practical workshop Playing with Light. The course was led by UK based musician and artist Leafcutter John. The aims of workshop were to explore and experiment with simplicity to create […]

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Colour Photography


Guest blogger Nigel Wilson This three day course focused on the power of colour in photography. Each day the students were set a practical assignment which required them to re-assess their approach to colour in their work. By definition, we also explored where black & white was an appropriate choice. Project 1 saw the students […]

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Contemporary Portraiture


By guest blogger Kate Elliott A couple of weeks ago photographer and artist Kate Elliott led a one-day photography course, exploring a broad range of approaches to contemporary portraiture. To tie in with the current V&A display Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture, the group discussed how contemporary practitioners have adapted and drawn inspiration from historical or […]

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