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The V&A’s new intensive courses provide you with the skills you need to work in today’s museums. Taught by V&A staff, they focus on practical training and use current projects as case studies and examples.

For further information about our programmes please call +44 (0)20 7942 2190 to find out more.


Spring 2016 courses

Creating Innovative Learning Programmes

Creating Innovative Learning Programmes
7 – 11 March
Price £900 / £800 (concession)

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This course provides a unique training opportunity for students, graduates and museum professionals who are interested in programming for a range of museum and gallery audiences. All the teaching is delivered by expert programme managers from the V&A and includes both talks and hands-on workshops to suit different styles of learning. Topics include creating programmes for schools, families, young people, leisure learners and creative industries as well as interpretation and evaluation. Participants will also be invited to share real examples of projects that they can develop during and after the course.


Handling Museum Objects

Handling Museum Objects
11 February
Price £195 / £175 (students)

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How do you handle delicate objects like glass without damaging them? How do you move move large objects such as furniture without dropping them? Inappropriate or mis-handling is one of the most frequent causes of damage to museum collections. This new, one-day workshop, led by V&A conservators and technicians, demonstrates the best and safest ways to handle objects. The training focuses on different materials and object types, and covers ceramics, glass, sculpture, textiles, books, metals, and paintings. It addresses display and storage solutions, the use of support materials, the risks of lifting, manipulating and moving, and when to request professional help. The day is aimed at anyone who is already working with objects or who may be considering a career in galleries and museums.


Photographing Museum Objects

Photographing Museum Objects
18 March
Price £195 / £175 (students)

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Photographs are a vital means of recording objects and their settings for both personal and professional purposes. In museums they are used in many different ways - for interpretation, marketing, conservation, insurance and cataloguing - and they are often required for digital as well as printed platforms. Objects like prints and books are straightforward but how do you photograph three-dimensional sculptures, ceramics, metalwork, and dress? Led by the V&A’s specialist photographic team, this course demonstrates the best ways to record the interior and exterior, base and top, front and back of the most complicated objects, large and small.  The day is suitable for anyone who works with public or private collections or who uses photography as documentation or who is interested in improving their skills in photographing objects.


How to Work with Designers and Architects in 
Museums and Collections

How to Work with Artists and Designers in Museums and Collections: Part 1
4 March
Price £195

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Download: course programme (PDF file, 100 KB)

An increasing number of museums and historic sites are creating residency programmes and/or commissioning artists and designers to create site-specific works, temporary interventions, educational projects and digital content. This one day workshop will examine different ways to work with contemporary artists and designers, providing examples, practical case studies and an overview of do’s and don’ts.

This workshop is targeted both at museum professionals as well as free-lance curators and arts managers interested in working with museums, historic sites and collections.


How to Work with Artists and Designers in Museums and Collections

How to Work with Designers and Architects in Museums and Collections: Part 2
15 April
Price £195

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Museums and collections increasingly employ architects, designers and artists to contribute the museum environment from projects as small scale as donation boxes to major capital builds. You will investigate live and recent V&A projects to examine the relationship between the museum and world class contemporary designers and architects drawing on expertise from project management, design, exhibition and curatorial staff. This workshop is targeted both at museum professionals as well as free-lance project managers, architects and designers interested in working with museums, historic sites and collections.


The Enterprising Museum

The Enterprising Museum
11 to 15 July 2016
Price: £1450 incl. VAT
Subsidy for delegates from UK Public Institutions, who pay £950 incl. VAT

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Download: course programme (PDF file, 178 KB)

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.

Contact m.balluck@vam.ac.uk for further information


 The Conservation & Collections Care Technicians Diploma

The Conservation & Collections Care Technicians Diploma

The role of a technician working within the cultural, heritage and creative industries is enormously varied. Specialist knowledge of objects is required in order to move, install, pack and transport them safely and effectively. Technicians assist conservators working on objects. They also design and make mounts and fixings for objects. This work-based level 4 diploma, developed jointly by the V&A and Icon, covers the wide range of skills and knowledge required to work as a technician with museum collections, historic artefacts and works of art.

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Become a V&A Member

V&A Members enjoy a wealth of benefits, including free entry to exhibitions, previews, exciting events and the V&A Members’ Room. In addition, you will be supporting the vital work of the V&A.

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