Learning Academy

Do you want to know more about the history of art, design and performance or explore the worlds of fashion and style? Are you keen to develop the skills needed to work in the museum or heritage sector? If so then sign up for one of the many flexible part-time adult courses, study days and workshops run by our Learning Academy.

Adult learning

Adult learning

We have over 30 years’ experience of delivering high-quality learning programmes for adults. Our wide range of activities are aimed at many different levels of expertise and areas of interest. We deliver lively and engaging sessions drawing on the specialist knowledge of our staff, practitioners and historians and from the museum's incredible collections and exhibitions.

Professional training

Professional training

UK professional development courses

These 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.

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International training programmes

A popular series of week-long intensive training courses offering museum professionals from overseas the unique opportunity to work with V&A colleagues and peers on specific aspects of museum practice.

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V&A Innovative Leadership Programme

This year-long programme brings together workshops, action learning, coaching and mentoring to create a powerful tool for personal and professional growth. You’ll also develop a tight-knit, supportive network of peers who are amongst the most talented and dedicated people working in the arts, creative and cultural sector today.

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Conservation & Collections Care Technicians Diploma

Whether you are moving a steam engine or a 15th-century Venetian glass, the questions you ask as you begin to plan your move will be the same. This award will help you show you have the skills to undertake this work, safely and effectively, for yourself, your colleagues and the objects you are responsible for, right across the full range of materials you might encounter.

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V&A/RCA MA in the History of Design

If you're ready to take your learning a step further then why not try this two year full-time MA in the History of Design? Taught by a dedicated team of academics based in the Research Department of the V&A and the School of Humanities at the Royal College of Art, this programme has an established reputation for pioneering new forms of design historical enquiry in global contexts, from the 15th century to the contemporary.

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