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DesignLab Open Studios, Ceramic Residency Project with Phoebe Cummings working with students from Thistley Hough High School, Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent, November 2010

Thank you for a brilliant experience. This has made us think differently about how we teach art & design and DT – we have so many new ideas for our schemes of work’
Head of Faculty, D&T

Are you interested in exploring new ideas for teaching and learning at key stages 3-5?

DesignLab is a programme of projects that explore new ways of engaging students with design. It brings schools together with museum educators, practising designers and the museum's collections to work on projects and engage in CPD activities.

Students acquire new and transferable skills, knowledge, curiosity and tons of inspiration. Teachers’ classroom practice and creativity is enriched through access to working with contemporary creative practitioners, museum staff and the V&A’s unrivalled collection of art, design and performance.

DesignLab aims to inspire a new generation of creative practitioners as well as broaden young people’s understanding of the designed world around them, how it is made and its impact on society and the environment.

DesignLab is available to any state-funded secondary school or college.

Contact us

Find out how to take part in DesignLab by contacting us at schools@vam.ac.uk

Video: DesignLab - Alexander McQueen

Watch this video and find out about one of our recent DesignLab projects which aimed to explore the work and practice of Alexander McQueen, featured in the recent exhibition; Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.

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Teachers' Resource: DesignLab

Watch this video and find out about one of our recent DesignLab projects, a collaboration between V&A Schools, Heatherwick Studio and Whitecross High School in Hereford. The project aimed to showcase Heatherwick Studio’s extraordinary and cross-disciplinary approach to working, as well as model how to use the V&A’s collections to answer contemporary design briefs.

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DesignLab Online - Get inspiration for your Art & Design and Design & Technology lessons here

Here you can get original ideas for your Art & Design and Design & Technology lessons and schemes of work. All the workshops were created with schools and contemporary artists, makers and designers. Students were given professional briefs, explored different creative processes and making techniques and they used the V&A's collections to enhance their knowledge of design history and to fuel inspiration for projects.

View the full page with information about all of our DesignLab projects on our Flickr photostream

A gift in your will

You may not have thought of including a gift to a museum in your will, but the V&A is a charity and legacies form an important source of funding for our work. It is not just the great collectors and the wealthy who leave legacies to the V&A. Legacies of all sizes, large and small, make a real difference to what we can do and your support can help ensure that future generations enjoy the V&A as much as you have.