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International Training Courses

The V&A is organising a series of week-long intensive courses that offer unique training opportunities for museum professionals from overseas to work with V&A colleagues and peers on specific aspects of museum practice.

The courses are led by V&A experts and include both talks and hands-on workshops. Participants will be invited to share examples of projects from their institutions that they could develop during and after the course.

If you would like to discuss a course, your application or would like to request a brochure in another language (brochures currently available in Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish), please email

NEW COURSE: Curating Fashion and Dress

15-19 February 2015

Closing date for applications: 9 December 2015

This newly launched course follows the outstanding success of ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ at the V&A. The course is intended for museum professionals that are interested in harnessing the V&A’s extensive knowledge and expertise to develop their own fashion and dress curation skills and enhance their collections. Join like-minded peers from around the world in London during London Fashion Week to learn about everything from collecting to conserving fashion while enjoying access to one of the world's largest and most comprehensive collections.  

Download the Curating Fashion and Dress brochure (PDF file, 1.7 MB)

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The Enterprising Museum
29 February to 4 March 2016
Price: £1450 incl. VAT
Subsidy for delegates from UK Public Institutions, who pay £950 incl. VAT

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All cultural organisations are increasingly being required to generate income and pay their way but how do museums, galleries, arts venues and heritage sites learn how to identify and monetise their assets? This course is aimed at anyone working in one of these industries who is seeking to improve and expand their knowledge of commerce and enterprise. Led by specialist staff from the V&A, it considers a selection of core topics - such as how to create products, set up shop, members’ organisations, ticketed programmes, and catering and events - that will complement and support the visitor experience, whilst also generating income.

Included in the course will be in-depth presentations on retailing, licencing, publications, venue hire, online engagement and catering, combined with case studies, individual surgeries, and group feedback. The course ends with a half-day Q and A with the V&A’s external partners so that students can explore the landscape from a commercial perspective.

All the teaching is delivered by experts from the V&A and includes both talks and hands-on workshops to suit different styles of learning. Participants will also be invited to share real examples of projects from their institutions that they could develop during and after the course.

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Creating Innovative Learning Programmes

Creating Innovative Learning Programmes is a unique training opportunity for museum professionals from overseas who are interested in attracting and programming for a range of museum audiences.

Applications for 'Creating Innovative Learning Programmes' are now closed. For the 2016 edition, please send your expression of interest to:

Download the Creating Innovative Learning Programmes 2015 brochure (PDF file, 1.3 MB)

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International Arts and Crafts

International Arts and Crafts

The Arts and Crafts movement revolutionised attitudes to work and the home and laid the foundations for a radical shift in approach to design and life…

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Design a Wig

In the late 18th century, women's hair styles went crazy! Create and share your own hair-raising design.


Event - Handling Museum Objects

Thu 11 February 2016 10:15–17:00

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: V&A conservators and technicians lead a day of training in the best ways for handling objects and materials such as ceramics, glass, sculpture, furniture and paintings.

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